What, exactly, IS the SharePoint community? Is it the folks who use SharePoint every day on their jobs, whether an information worker on the front end or a developer or IT pro on the back end? Is it the experts who share their knowledge via blogs, Twitter, speaking engagements and newsletters such as this? Is it the makers of software that extend SharePoint functionality to turn the software into a true enterprise platform? Is it the conference organizers who bring these groups together for the benefit of all?

From where I sit, it’s all of the above. Each contributes in its way to raise the bar of understanding, to improve SharePoint implementations, to help businesses get the most out of their investments in SharePoint.

At SPTechCon, we are proud to host a SharePoint User Group meeting that brings the community together on a grand stage. Consider this your invitation, if you’re in the Bay Area on March 5, to join us at SPTechCon for a special, free-of-charge SPUG event. If you simply register here for an “Exhibits Only” badge, you will be invited to our networking reception starting at 5:15 p.m., where you can enjoy food and drink while hobnobbing with your SharePoint peers, and while meeting about 50 of the third-party tool providers that round out and extend the capabilities of SharePoint. Then, at 7 p.m., a number of SPTechCon speakers have offered to be available to participate in a User Group discussion that will focus on the changes to SharePoint in version 2013.

The hosts of the meeting will be the Bay Area SharePoint User Group and the Silicon Valley User Group, but you don’t have to belong to a user group to attend. Simply register for the meeting, enjoy our hospitality while networking, and then learn all about 2013 from our panel of experts. Hope to see you there!