SharePoint Saturdays Events, hosted by influential SharePoint professionals and organizational planners with help from the all-volunteer SPS Events organization, offer an opportunity for businesspeople in different major cities to gather for informative and enlightening sessions. The next SharePoint Saturdays Event will take place Saturday, April 5th, 2014, in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, where SPS has been quite successful in the past. The SPSPhilly event returns with respected thought leaders providing educational breakout sessions, sponsors and vendors sharing their innovations and excellent networking opportunities. Paragon Solutions is just one of the organizations participating in this upcoming SharePoint Saturdays Event, which promises to be an enriching one for all in attendance.

What to Expect at SPSPhilly

The latest installment of SPSPhilly will take place at the Microsoft office in Malvern, PA, just outside of Philadelphia. This is a fitting location for any SharePoint event, and particularly convenient for the thriving business community in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas. Many of the sessions are designed for end users, while others are designed for architects, designers and IT professionals and still others are well suited for executives. An excellent range of respected speakers will be on hand to share their wisdom, including two speakers from Paragon Solutions – Jim Kane, Practice Lead of Collaboration and Knowledge Management, and Doug Vargo, Vice President of Information Management – discussing “A Model for Adding Structure to Unstructured Content.” In addition to great speakers, there will also be a variety of esteemed sponsors in attendance.

Perks for Attendees

SharePoint Saturdays aren’t all about learning and discussing, although the information and insight shared during the day’s sessions make them worth attending in and of themselves. Free breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served; prizes will be given out; and a SharePoint event will end the day, providing an opportunity to unwind and network with fellow professionals. Regular user group members will be able to take advantage of a block of reserved tickets, and charitable donations will be rewarded with special “charitable donation” and “booster” registration opportunities. For those traveling from outside of Philadelphia to attend SPSPhilly, there will also be convenient hotels and easy parking to get there without hassle. Just search #spsphilly on Twitter and see what everyone already has to say about this highly anticipated event.

The History of SPS Events

SPS Events can be traced back to 2008, when the concept was first developed, although the first SharePoint Saturday was not held until 2009. The early event planners were inspired by speakers at SQL Saturdays and Code Camps, who frequently turned to topics relating to SharePoint. It seemed there was so much interest in SharePoint that it warranted an entire event dedicated to the platform and related areas within the community. Since then, numerous events have been held, offering training and discussion sessions for business analysts, end users, power managers, project managers and other specific groups within the SharePoint community. Like Code Camps, the designers and organizers wanted to hold these events in different local areas and make them free and open to the public. All lessons from the event are collected and used to help others plan similar events across the globe, providing opportunities to train and network while developing the skills of new speakers and increasing membership in local user groups. The SPS Events Board, which is responsible for managing the organization’s website and its associated brand, is dedicated to maintaining the values, missions and concepts of the original SPS Events concept. Entirely run by volunteers, SPS Events strives to provide event attendees and local user groups with the tools they need to succeed with SharePoint, with all donation proceeds going straight to the events themselves.