The SharePoint Conferences you should attend

“Which SharePoint Conference should I attend?”. I get this question so many times that I thought this definitely deserves a blog post. As part of my job, I continue to visit and present at numerous conferences every year. While I don’t think that this makes me an expert at SharePoint conferences, I do have a perspective that I can share with folks who are looking to evaluate the choices out there.

Why should you attend a SharePoint Conference?

These days, training and travel budgets are limited. You truly have to convince yourself (and your boss) that it’s going to be worth the time and money to attend a conference. If your company is focused on SharePoint or is evaluating SharePoint as a critical component of your business, it will definitely serve you well to look into attending a conference with SharePoint content.

Please do not substitute training with attending a conference. Conferences are great for getting a feel for variety of subjects in a short two to three day period with bite sized sessions (60-75 minutes each). However, when you are ready to dive into a subject, it’s always good to get some real hands on experience either training on your own with books and video tutorials or by attending a focused training session. It’s hard to beat these modes of learning.

Which SharePoint related Conferences provide the biggest bang for the buck?

I have listed below several conferences and some subjective information about each conference. Hope this helps you when you are deciding on which SharePoint conference to attend. Also, I have embedded an interactive list below and would love to see you vote on which conferences you prefer and have attended.

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SharePoint Conferences

SharePoint specific conferences around the world. Vote for your favorite ones and also mark if you have been to it.

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Microsoft's SharePoint Conference

Hosted by Microsoft and usually draws thousands of people every year

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SharePoint Fest - Denver | D.C. | Chicago

Workshops for SharePoint administrators, software developers, information architects, business analysts and power users. Very locale centric

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SharePoint Saturday

Free SharePoint event that takes place around the world. Local event for the community

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Share Conference

Focused on business users, this conference speaks to the business value of SharePoint as a platform

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European SharePoint Conference

European SharePoint Conference| An engaging community of SharePoint enthusiasts coming together to share ideas and make lasting connections

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SharePoint Intersection

The SharePoint Intersection Conference brings together SharePoint, Visual Studio, ASP.NET, Open Web, Mobile and Cloud developers

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SharePoint Connections

Provides variety of tracks for all types of audiences – IT Pro, Developer, Business User. Conducted twice a year.

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SharePoint Technology Conference

SPTechCon: The SharePoint Technology Conference – is the largest independent SharePoint conference in the world for IT professionals, business managers, analysts, and developers.


SharePoint User Groups

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SharePoint User Groups

Many around the world. A well run SharePoint User Group is designed to serve the users (usually for free) with monthly or bi-monthly events focused on all aspects of SharePoint.


Virtual Conferences

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Virtual Conferences

In addition to in-person SharePoint conferences, there are also virtual SharePoint conferences and presentations held year round.

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SharePoint Evolution Conference (UK)

Held in UK every year by Combined Knowledge folks

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SharePoint Live!

SharePoint Live!, a Live! 360 conference focused on Microsoft SharePoint technology, in sunny Orlando, Florida.

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SharePoint Summit | Toronto

SharePoint Summit Toronto

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SharePoint@Enterprise - Social Business | Enterprise Collaboration | Digital Workplace

SharePoint@Enterprise usually takes place in June in Zurich and offers you a vivid and interactive platform for strategic, solution-oriented and architectural topics around SharePoint in the enterprise.

Apr 23, 2014 by Rebecca Bennin - - 729
SPC Adriatics 2014

SharePoint and Project Conference Adriatics


Some biased thoughts regarding each conference:

The SharePoint Conference

If you can only attend one SharePoint conference, this is the one you want to attend. It is hosted by Microsoft and usually draws thousands of people to it. The presenters are people from SharePoint product group, experts and SharePoint MVPs who have been working with the product for many many years.

SharePoint Connections

SharePoint Connections always provides a variety of tracks for all types of audiences – IT Pro, Developer, Business User. The presenters at this conference are also Microsoft folks and SharePoint experts in the field. It is held twice a year in the United States (once in Vegas and the other time in Orlando) and has very direct and focused content for SharePoint.


The SPTechCon is held twice a year in the United States. Usually, the venues are in Boston and San Francisco. Audiences catered are IT Pro, Developers and Business Users. The presenters at this conference are primarily experts in the SharePoint field. A great overall conference to attend for all SharePoint audiences.

SharePoint Fest

SharePoint Fest is held twice a year usually. The best thing I like about this conference is the focus on the local audience. Whether it’s held in Denver, DC or Chicago (the usual locations I have seen), it provides the best value to the local audience who is not satisfied completely with SharePoint Saturdays and user groups. Because Fest attracts a good number of top speakers and there is no travel involved for the local folks, I would recommend looking to see when it comes to your town and sign up for it.

SharePoint Evolutions

SharePoint Evolutions is the premier SharePoint conference in UK. This conference is presented by the folks at Combined Knowledge. The comments from all presenters regarding this conference is always very positive. They don’t hold back when it comes to spending what’s needed to make it a quality conference.

SharePoint Connections Europe

This conference is usually held twice a year: Netherlands and Germany. A well organized conference by the folks who have lots of experience putting on conferences in other parts of the world. Definitely the one to attend in Europe.

Share Conference

Share conference is one of its kind. Its sole focus is on the business users of SharePoint (not IT or Dev). The presenters are also generally from the business community with real world experience that they share in the sessions with the attendees.

Summit (Toronto)

It’s been a few years since the Toronto Summit has been taking place. Great group of guys in charge of it. Wonderful conference in a great city.

Best Practices Conference

The main charter of the Best Practices Conference is to have presentations that focus on the best practices for doing things in SharePoint. Not just ‘How To’, but ‘How Best To’ and also ‘What Not To’ do. The presenters at this conference are SharePoint experts. This conference is usually held twice a year – once in DC and the other in San Diego.


This event is one of the biggest that Microsoft arranges every year. It covers all different Microsoft technologies. Members of the product team from all different technologies are represented here. It is not, however, heavy on SharePoint sessions especially since Microsoft now produces the SharePoint Conference as well.

SharePoint Saturday

This is a free event that takes place around the world now. The basic premise of this event is to have a local event for the community that is free to attend. Many presenters are usually local as well. In addition, some presenters travel great distances on their own dime to present at these conferences.

SharePoint User Groups

Definitely check out and find the SharePoint User Group in your city. There are many good ones out there. A charter for a well run SharePoint User Group is to serve the users (usually for free) with monthly or bi-monthly events focused on all aspects of SharePoint. Usually, there are a couple of presentations at each meeting with lots of interaction with the audience.

Caution: Over time, some SharePoint user groups have been taken over by local training or consulting companies unfortunately. The focus for these have shifted to serve more as a lead generation for these companies rather than a true SharePoint community gathering. Check out the user group’s site for these signs before visiting.

SharePoint Virtual Conferences

In addition to in-person SharePoint conferences, there are also virtual SharePoint conferences and presentations held year round. There are too many to mention here. However, doing a simple search on ‘SharePoint virtual conference’ brings up several of them. More often than not, these are hosted by either SharePoint training or consulting companies. Also, various in-person conference organizers host the virtual conferences as well.

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Free SharePoint Virtual Conference – Feb 24

The ‘SharePoint – Behind the Curtain’ free virtual conference is set to take place on Thursday, Feb 24. You can go here to register:

Dan Holme and I will be presenting on the following topics:

Dan’s sessions –

  • Best Practices for Least-Privilege Installation, Administration, and Security of SharePoint 2010
  • Designing Governance: How Information Management and Security Must Drive Your Design


Asif’s sessions –

  • Manage your External Data using Business Connectivity Services—without Code!
  • Automating Business Processes using InfoPath 2010 Forms with integrated SharePoint Designer 2010 Workflows


Hope you can join us!

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Join Andrew Connell and me (Asif Rehmani) in Seattle for some SharePoint fun!

AC and I will be teaching our classes adjacent to each other in Redmond, WA on Jan 31 to Feb 4. AC is a master in SharePoint development and recognized worldwide for his expertise and willingness to share his knowledge in all sorts of ways. My focus has been on SharePoint Designer for many years and I’ll be teaching the class that I wrote and have been teaching with Critical Path Training for almost a year now. You are free to mix and match and attend the portions of the classes that are most beneficial to you. Check out more information about this combined package.

Top 6 reasons for taking advantage of this training package:

  • If you want to learn SharePoint development, AC is The Man to teach you!
  • The SharePoint Designer 2010 class that I wrote and teach was the first ever SPD 2010 class in the world and is full of lots of examples of what you can do with that product.
  • Students will receive a copy of Real World SharePoint 2010 book which AC and I both have contributed to.
  • Students will receive a copy of SharePoint Designer 2010 book that I co-authored.
  • You will receive the materials for both classes when you take advantage of this offer.
  • You will have the opportunity to sit into both classes for the topics important to You!

      Hope to see you there!

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      Free SharePoint Virtual Conference – Dec 2nd, 2010

      A free SharePoint virtual conference is being held by SharePointPro Connections. Registration and session info located here:

      I’ll be presenting a session on XSLT Data Views and List Views. There are also presentations on SharePoint database management, Business Intelligence, Site Collection administration and more. See you there!

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      Free Video Recordings from SharePoint Connections held at The Hague – Netherlands

      Lots of good free videos can be found on Channel 9. All have been recorded at the conference in The Hague – Netherlands.

      Videos from Andrew Connell, Ted Pattison, Scot Hillier, Steve Fox, Spence Harbar and many more. A couple of my presentations are available as well (one on Workflows and the other on Data Views). Enjoy!

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      SharePoint Project Management guru Dux Raymond Sy to deliver a webinar on Nov 11th

      Leveraging Project 2010 with SharePoint 2010 is a win-win situation. However, I have seen many people struggle to understand how to get started. If you are one of them, join us at this webinar to find out how and get your questions answered. Dux Raymond Sy is The Guru on this stuff.

      Dux will be presenting a webinar (sponsored by on Nov 11th 2 – 3:15pm Eastern. Here is a direct link to register for the webinar:

      Hope you can join us!

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