After a frenetic morning of registering attendees and getting them headed toward the workshops they wanted to participate in, SPTechCon is officially under way! The unofficial count shows people coming in from more than 35 states and several countries -- including a delegation from Nigeria that needed many levels of approval (both corporate and governmental) to be with us.
One interesting note about the attendees: many of them appear to be doing more than one task. In this economic downturn, with companies shrinking their staffs, people who had been doing development also now find themselves taking on some IT tasks. And company executives are sending business types, or attending themselves, to learn how to use SharePoint on their own.
Today features four full-day workshops and four half-day workshops, and the attendees said the speakers were engaging and very informative. A session for administrators featuring Todd Klindt and Shane Young drew a sizeable crowd, as did workshops by Errin O'Connor's EPC Group (SharePoint Start to Finish), Mark Ferraz (Building a SharePoint Architecture) and Bjorn Furuknap (Customizing the SharePoint User Experience). Bob Mixon's session on search, "Seek and Ye Shall Find," was lively and well-attended, as was the session by John Ross and Jennifer Mason on building an effective SharePoint team. Attendees will be able to review the slide presentations on the Web site after the conference. I'll report on the afternoon sessions after the lunch break.