Almost four (4) years ago to the day, on May 20, 2013, me and a group of friend organized SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs.
Last Saturday, May 19th, we held our 4th event. We also coupled it with an event we had been doing separately called Cloud Saturday.
Cloud Saturday was born a spin-off of the original event because Microsoft pulled back on using the name SharePoint, was pushing hard for the Cloud, and Amazon Web Services, Saleforce, Google Cloud, and other technologies were on the rise.
This year, like years past, we had really Great Sponsors and really Great Speakers and feel fortunate to have so many people want to be apart of our event. The attendees all seemed to have a good day. This year we cut session times from 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour, so we were able to get out of the event a couple of hours early and many people remarked how they appreciated that.
Getting involved in user groups, speaking at, and hosting events is something that has really helped me with career satisfaction, establish a great network of friends, and made me really appreciate how great the SharePoint\Cloud community really is!
I can’t wait to start planning out the event next year. We got some great feedback and look to implement a number of things to help make the event even more successful.