Last night i was fortunate enough to present to the local Puget Sound SharePoint User group at the Microsoft offices in Bellevue. I titled my presentation “Stop! Yammer time”.
It was all about Yammer (no surprise there). I ran through where I thought things were at with regards to the current overlap and confusion between the out of the box SharePoint social features vs. those in Yammer, some roadmap information about what to expect over the next year with regards to the integration of the two products and also a few bits for developers on what APIs are available. I also demoed a sneak peak of an app for SharePoint Online that we are publishing shortly that lets people post information to Yammer from SharePoint (more on that soon in a future post).
I was also a little antagonistic (trying to get people questioning and thinking a bit more) with my analogy between SP vs. Yammer and the Matrix movies Red pill vs. Blue pill decision that Neo has to make. Blue pill, stay blissfully ignorant that Yammer isn’t the future of all things social in SharePoint and other Microsoft products, or the Red pill, take the painful truth of reality now and get ready for the future albeit painful and a bit messy for the time being.
It was a fun session and i really enjoyed the opportunity to present.
My slides are below if you are interested in taking a look. (they don’t really articulate a lot of what i spoke about outside of the slides, but hopefully it helps a little)