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The two most thought-provoking events of my week were the announcement of the detection of gravitational waves and the search panel I was on at Unity Connect Online.

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Trade show weeks can be long ones, but they often lead to positive outcomes and end up being worth the effort and time away. I find it helpful to evaluate each event upon returning home, hoping to identify what  were good uses of time, and what I would change if I had to do them again.  

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2015 European SharePoint Community Awards The upcoming European SharePoint Conference is taking place November 9-12, 2015 in Stockholm and will feature the annual prestigious European SharePoint Community awards. The European SharePoint Community is a group of SharePoint thought leaders and enthusiasts who are committed to sharing best practices, new innovations and the latest SharePoint resources.

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In case you missed it, the European SharePoint Conference 2015 programme is now available and I’m delighted to announce that I am speaking at Europe’s largest SharePoint and Office 365 event in Stockholm Sweden from 9th-12th November 2015.

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The Ignite Conference last week was exhilarating. There is a torrent of new, great content, with 950 sessions including 635 full breakouts - and all of it is freely available on Channel 9 (or will be by the time you read this). I'm still working my way through the 103 sessions I marked as "must watch"….might take awhile.  

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A few months ago, when I was talking to Jeff Fried in Barcelona about how BA Insight was doing, I didn’t realize I’d be working for them just a few months later.  That trip to Barcelona was an important one.  It offered me the chance to network with a lot of my friends in the community and catch up with Jeff, a former Microsoft employee and FAST expert.  He is the CTO at BA Insight.  We had previously chatted back at another conference before the new year.  One lesson I’ve learned well is networking.  It pays to make lots of friends and to share.

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I've just been at Enterprise Search Europe 2014 (#eseu, www.enterprisesearcheurope.com/2014/). The conference is now on its third year, but this was the first year for me.   It was a busy time: I conducted a workshop on SharePoint 2013 search on Monday, chaired the SharePoint track on Tuesday, and gave a keynote speech on Wednesday, along with tons of sessions, discussions, and side meetings.  I love talking about search and laying out solutions to search problems, so this was a real pleasure and a chance to meet lots of new people.

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Last week the city of sin turned into the city of SharePoint as thousands of users gathered at the Venetian for the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 to network, learn and hear the latest about the state of the industry. We were fortunate enough to be a sponsor of this magnificent event with multiple speaking opportunities and a nice booth presence.  

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