SharePoint 2010 – the new Information Operating System for the Enterprise

I spent last week at the SharePoint Conference 2009 in Las Vegas.  It was absolutely amazing!  More than twice the size of the last conference, and completely sold out.  Over 7,400 attendees from all over the world, which in itself is amazing, considering today’s economic climate.

I talked to a lot of customers and partners, and they all spoke in superlatives.  Here are some quotes:

“Amazing”

“Game-changing”

“Transformational”

“The new Information Operating System for the Enterprise” 

I agree with all of these statements!

For a good sense of what is coming, check out the SharePoint Team Blog:

http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2009/10/19/sharepoint-2010.aspx and Joel Oleson’s Blog: http://networkedblogs.com/p15682036

Here is a good overview: http://officebeta.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserverhelp/whats-new-in-microsoft-sharepoint-server-2010-HA010370058.aspx

Additional technical information can be found here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/ee518662.aspx

Over the next few weeks, more content will be posted here: http://sharepoint2010.microsoft.com/Pages/default.aspx

When it comes to ECM, I am particularly excited about two things: Word Automation Services: http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_office_word/archive/2009/10/26/introducing-word-automation-services.aspx  and the rest of the major ECM-related upgrades: http://weblogs.asp.net/erobillard/archive/2009/10/20/scaling-sharepoint-2010-from-small-libraries-to-massive-repositories.aspx  Here is another good high-level summary, focused on ECM: http://aiim.typepad.com/aiim_blog/2010/01/8-reasons-sharepoint-2010-looks-like-a-true-ecm-system.html

We are entering a new era in Enterprise Information Management, and this is possibly the most exciting period in the history of SharePoint.  I am glad to be part of it!