I’ve been at the SharePoint Conference 2012 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas since Sunday. I’m writing this blog as I listen to Bon Jovi run through their sound check down on the beach. We’ve had a great time talking with our customers and meeting a lot of new friends. There was a great reception on Sunday evening in the exhibit hall where we had the opportunity to speak about Capture Enabled BPM™, but more on that in a minute.

On Monday morning, Jared Spataro, Senior Director of Product Marketing for SharePoint kicked off the opening keynote. Here are a few interesting facts he mentioned:

  • There are over 10,000 attendees from 85 countries at this conference. Yes, it’s large!
  • More than 200 sponsors and exhibitors are at the conference, including Kofax
  • SharePoint is now a $2 billion dollar business. And that’s just to Microsoft. Imagine if you include the ecosystem!
  • There are over 700,000 developers in the SharePoint ecosystem

Make no mistake, SharePoint is a booming business and it has a significant impact on the overall ECM market.

I’m not going to focus too much on SharePoint 2013 here. You can find a ton of blogs out there from SharePoint MVPs and many others. I will say that the new look of SharePoint 2013 is clean and easy to navigate. I think you’ll like it.

During my conversations in the booth on Sunday through today, I have had many discussions about two topics. One is about capture at the Point of Origination™ and the other is about Touchless Processing™. After a little bit of education, everyone quickly gets the value of Touchless Processing and how it enables automatic classifying of captured content and extracting the important data to populate document metadata and initiate business processes, thereby removing the burden from the user (hence the term ‘touchless’).

Point of Origination is more interesting. Everyone starts the conversation the same way, e.g., “Can I scan content into SharePoint?” The answer is yes – but then I like to talk about moving the capture process away from the scanner, towards the knowledge worker, the customer or the mobile worker. That’s when the interest level really gets piqued because it’s a shift in thinking about capture.

For example, if I can capture content from an MFP in the front office and it’s in the right SharePoint library with all the right metadata by the time I get back to my desk, isn’t that better than scanning and entering metadata manually at my desk one document at a time? Or what if I let my customers scan or upload documents in a web portal from their living room and get the same result? Or even better, from a tablet or mobile phone?

Now the conversation is really interesting because many of the users I’m speaking with haven’t even considered that possibility. It’s a pretty cool paradigm shift. I’ll blog more on the topic in the near future – it’s definitely worth exploring in more detail.

On the televisions in each of the rooms, one channel is dedicated to SPC TV and we’ve got content running on it. Check out our SharePoint Solutions page to see more.

Tonight we’re hosting a cool (pun intended) pre-concert party at the Ice Bar in Mandalay Bay. Then it’s off to watch Bon Jovi rock the Beach at Mandalay Bay for the evening’s entertainment. If you want to see pictures from this week’s event and festivities, visit our Facebook page and be sure and ‘like’ us while you’re there.  And follow our conversations at #Kofax.

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