AMITPRO Meeting on 11th March 2008

I’ve been so busy this week i forgot to add my usual post after an AMITPRO meeting

We had two speakers this month

Penny Coventry – Sharepoint MVP

This was the first time we’d had any SharePoint content since i starting attending AMITPRO meetings so I was looking forward to learning something new. Especially since Penny came to give us a brief overview of SharePoint Designer. I’ve struggled a little bit with SharePoint designer as it always feels you are getting in “behind the scenes” and i worry about breaking stuff. I’ve created workflows and moved content about but thats about it!

Penny gave a great overview and some good demonstrations of the data view web part. This has made me feel much more confident going forward with sharepoint designer. Penny also has a new book out which i was lucky enough to win a copy of at the event!

Hopefully she’ll come back to do some more sessions as i don’t think as many small business specialists are using SharePoint as i thought

Next up was James Baker – SMB Development Manager for Symantec 

I’ve met James a few times before and love how enthusiastic he is about his company (even though he used to be a Veritas guy!) and is always very honest and able to take criticism on the chin

James gave us an overview of what’s happening at Symantec at the moment, product roadmaps (focusing on products for small business), information about the partner programme and general feedback from us to take back to Symantec

Symantec have had a lot of bad press recently about End Point Protection for SBS and James was good enough to take a bit of stick over this.

James will be at the Windows Server 2008 launch on Wednesday 19th and i’m sure he and his team will be happy to speak to anyone who has questions

Yet another good AMITPRO meeting and i didn’t get home till late due to networking after the event. If you’re in the Midlands area and interested everyone would love to see you next time around!

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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