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Understanding SharePoint 2013 and the Social Landscape

I’m going to be presenting a webinar on “Understanding SharePoint 2013 and the Social Landscape” on September 19.
Anyone who has been following this blog, or enterprise social computing in general, already knows that this space and the outlook for it has changed drastically in just the last twelve months.  We’ve seen Microsoft go from pushing its existing solution and partner value-adds to buying one of those partners outright and releasing a wholly unrelated beta that fills in some of the gaps.
If anything, that evolution has left us with more questions than answers!
For instance, in SharePoint 2013 you now have the ability to do social tagging—following people and communities that interest you and surfacing their activity in your newsfeed—and microblogging right out of the box.  Enterprises have been asking for this for several years, and now they’ll have what they ordered.
Meanwhile, partners like NewsGator will continue to innovate on top of the Microsoft platform, too, offering even richer and more valuable functionality.  Then there is the speculation about how the Yammer acquisition will fit into the puzzle.  So far, what we know from both Microsoft and Yammer is that they’re telling us it will impact SharePoint, Office, Exchange and Skype.  Everyone’s curious about what this means for SharePoint and how it will impact the platform down the line.
We will start with the context of what’s happened in these last twelve months, then share some of what we’ve been hearing around the community, along with our own best analysis.
As far as webinars, this is actually a first for me.  I’m used to talking SharePoint in front of hundreds of people– that’s nothing new.  But that’s when they’re in person.  I suppose this will be a bit like having a phone chat with 500 of my closest friends.  Go ahead, sign up, and be one of them for an afternoon.  Hopefully we’ll all learn something new!

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Rich Wood

Rich Wood has been planning, designing and building enterprise solutions and internet sites with an emphasis on stellar user and customer experiences since 1997. Rich is a National Director for Content and Commerce Platform work in Perficient Digital. One of the rare breed of strategists to truly understand both the business needs of the customer and the platforms that serve them, he is a keen advocate for and accomplished speaker/writer on issues that surround that inflection point. His work has been published on CMSWire, Sitecore and Microsoft partner blogs, and his own LinkedIn page as well as our various blogs here at Perficient, and he has spoken at multiple major conferences including Microsoft's SharePoint Conference 2014. Married and a father of five, Rich enjoys spending time with his wife and family. He is a native of South Milwaukee, Wisconsin and a graduate of Marquette University.

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