Jared Spataro Hosts the SPC 2011 Keynote on ‘Productivity Delivered’ … and Announces SPC 2012

Keenan Newton, aka DJ Kameleon, of the Microsoft SharePoint Product Group warmed up the audience for this morning's keynote in high style, pumping up the crowd (and the kicks) with his high-energy mix of remixed club bangers.  A most unexpected, and yet highly effective "pre-show" display to kick off the SPC keynote.  Kudos!

With the capacity crowd suitably warmed up, Senior Director of SharePoint Product Management Jared Spataro took the stage to welcome attendees, introducing himself as our host for the keynote, and for the week.  Explaining that the "theme for the conference is productivity delivered," Jared mentioned that 7,500 attendees were in attendance, and said that with 125 million SharePoint licenses held by more than 65 million customers, "In short, SharePoint is on fire … and that is due to you, and your work." 

Jared referenced the 240 breakout sessions available throughout the week, and hailed the over 200 partners in the exhibit hall, encouraging attendees to investigate the extent of what's possible in SharePoint via the partner ecosystem.

Having decided that it would be fitting to bring in an "A-list celebrity to represent the passion for SharePoint," a truly inspired "behind-the-scenes" video was shown of Jared and his featured keynote speakers Jeff Teper and Kurt DelBene conducting a talent search for a suitable spokesperson in Hollywood.  The video features the likes of Luke Perry, Carmen Electra, Alan Thicke, and Florence Henderson all auditioning for the part.  The video doesn't appear to be "out there" yet, but I promise to link it in here as soon as possible.  (Alas, no celebrity, A-list or otherwise, was brought out to follow the video, but the video itself was indeed highly entertaining and a reward in itself.)

[View:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWufG3v0g-g:725:0]

Following the presentations by Jeff Teper and Kurt DelBene, Jared returned at the end of the keynote to share his hope that, having attended SPC, "You'll challenge your own status quo in terms of what's available with SharePoint in your organization.  Finally, Jared announced, with no small amount of satisfaction, that there would indeed be another SharePoint Conference next year, and that it will be returning to the site of the last SPC … that's right, we're going back to Mandalay Bay in Vegas, baby!  Mark your calendars for November 12-15, 2012 and plan on going back… to the future.

 

Read our complete coverage of Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2011.

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