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SharePoint Search – Evaluating Options and Alternatives

Today we highlight the SharePoint Search – Evaluating Options and Alternatives session at Gilbane San Francisco.

This session takes place on May 20th at 8:30am PST.

T4. SharePoint Search – Evaluating Options and Alternatives

With the upcoming release of the lastest versions of SharePoint and Office, many firms are taking a new look at their search strategies in light of the changing offerings from Microsoft. In this session, leading Sharepoint experts will discuss the new look of search in SharePoint and offer their guidance about how to go about building a search strategy that makes sense in light of the goals of the business, the many search systems installed, and the future directions in the technology.

Moderator: Hadley Reynolds, Research Director, Search & Digital Marketplace Technologies, IDC

Miles Kehoe, Senior Strategist & President, New Idea Engineering
Jeff Fried, Senior Product Manager, Microsoft

Have questions about this session or the Customers & Engagement track? Ask Hadley Reynolds, the search track chair and moderator.

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Be one of the first to see, and touch, SharePoint 2010

With the upcoming release of SharePoint 2010 “The business collaboration platform for the Enterprise and the Web”, Microsoft is hoping to accelerate the already dramatic growth of SharePoint. The SharePoint partner ecosystem is clearly excited, and even sceptics agree it is a major release. But how do you decide whether SharePoint is right for you, or which parts of SharePoint could meet your needs, either on their own or in conjunction with other enterprise applications? Should you use it for collaboration? for search? and what about web content management – a major focus of SharePoint 2010?

With SharePoint 2010 just entering public beta and scheduled for release in the first half of the year, it is time to make sure you know what its capabilities are so you can make informed near term or strategic decisions. And, you need to get the full story, and the way to do this is to see it, and play with it, for yourself, and talk to sceptics, evangelists, and people already using SharePoint for applications similar to yours.

Whether you are attending the full Gilbane Boston conference or just visiting the technology demonstrations, you have a unique opportunity to learn what you need to know about SharePoint content management at Gilbane Boston. As part of their rollout, Microsoft will be on-site at the conference with a classroom setup with PCs loaded with SharePoint 2010, and will show you how the new content management capabilities work.

Get the full story on SharePoint 2010 for content management at Gilbane Boston:

Don’t miss your chance to be one of the first see and touch SharePoint 2010!

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451 Group, Burton Group, Forrester, Gilbane and IDC Analysts to Debate What’s Real, What’s Hype, and What’s Coming at Gilbane Boston

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451 Group, Burton Group, Forrester, Gilbane and IDC Analysts to Debate What’s Real, What’s Hype, and What’s Coming at Gilbane Boston 2009

SharePoint 2010, Enterprise Social Software, Managing User-generated & Mobile Content, Multi-lingual Web Engagement Among Topics to be Discussed

Boston, MA – October 20, 2009 — The annual analyst keynote panel at the sixth annual Gilbane Boston Conference, produced by The Gilbane Group and Lighthouse Seminars, to take place December 1- 3, 2009, in Boston, MA, hosts leading industry analysts who will debate What’s Real, What’s Hype, and What’s Coming in content management and collaboration. Industry analysts from different firms speak at all Gilbane events to make sure conference attendees hear differing opinions from a wide variety of expert sources. A second, third, fourth or fifth opinion will ensure IT and business managers don’t make ill-informed decisions about critical content and information technologies or strategies.

Industry Analyst Debate: What’s Real, What’s Hype, and What’s Coming” will be a lively, interactive debate guaranteed to be both informative and fun. Participants include moderator, Frank Gilbane, CEO Gilbane Group, and panelists: Melissa Webster, Vice President, Content & Digital Media Technologies, IDC; Stephen Powers, Senior Analyst, Forrester; Dale Waldt, Senior Analyst, Gilbane Group; Kathleen Reidy, Senior Analyst, 451 Group; and Guy Creese, VP & Research Director, Collaboration and Content Strategies, Burton Group.

Some of the topics to be debated are: How the upcoming release of SharePoint 2010 & Office 2010 with affect the web and enterprise content management, search, and collaboration markets; What organizations are finding when they deploy enterprise social software; What companies should be doing about managing user-generated content; Whether it is time to seriously invest in mobile content applications, and; How companies are engaging customers with multi-lingual web sites.

Conference attendees are encouraged to come with questions, and can also suggest questions in advance via our social media channels or email. See for details. Join the debate!

Additional conference sessions and pre-conference workshops will offer enhanced programs tied to competitive business and productivity issues surrounding a company’s content, collaboration & customers. The conference tracks have been organized around the four major areas of how enterprises use web and content technologies as well as where they are most likely to invest.

Attendees can also expect a world-class exhibit area, featuring the latest web content management tools, products, and services from 40+ conference sponsors and exhibitors, including: Microsoft, Alterian, atex, Coremedia, EPiServer, Jive, Just Systems, SDL Tridion, Sitecore, Across, Alcero, Backbase, Bridgeline Software, Connotate, Contextual, Day Software, dotCMS, Ephox, FatWire Software, GX Webmanager, Hippo, Inmagic, Kapow Technologies, Kentico, Magnolia, Mark Logic, mediumbold, mindSHIFT, MultiCorpora, Nstein, Nuxeo, Open Text, Pegboard, Percussion, Plone, SDL, Telerik, and Vamosa.

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IT and business professionals involved in content creation, management, delivery or analytics wishing to attend the conference may register at:

To Exhibit
Technology solution providers wishing to exhibit or sponsor should contact Marc Goldstein at 781-821-6652 or at

About Gilbane Group Inc.
Gilbane Group Inc. is an analyst and consulting firm that has been writing and consulting about the strategic use of information technologies since 1987. We have helped organizations of all sizes from a wide variety of industries and governments. We work with the entire community of stakeholders including investors, enterprise buyers of IT, technology suppliers, and other consultant and analyst firms. We have organized over 60 educational conferences in North America and Europe. Information about our widely read newsletter, consulting & advisory services, reports, white papers, case studies and analyst blogs is available at

About Lighthouse Seminars
Lighthouse Seminars’ events cover information technologies and “content technologies” in particular. These include content management of all types, digital asset management, document management, web content management, enterprise portals, enterprise search, web and multi-channel publishing, electronic forms, authoring, content and information integration, information architecture, and e-catalogs. .

Lighthouse Seminars
Jeffrey V. Arcuri, 508-759-8180

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Commerce, Content and Portal Server?

For those of you tracking the evolution of Microsofts’s Commerce Server, Content Management Server and Sharepoint, there is a tantalizing statement on Ryan Donovan’s Commerce Server blog.

There is also a good 2-part article on MS Content Management Server, SharePoint, and MS Commerce Server integration at CMSWatch.

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