July 14, 2011 Meeting Announcement

San Francisco SharePoint User Group Meeting

“SharePoint Search: Do I Really Need FAST?” with Carl Grimm from Avanade
Thursday, July 14, 2011, 5:30-7:30
Arrival Time: 5:30 PM
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Cost: Free! – Thanks to our sponsor Slalom Consulting
Location: QuickStart San Francisco
Address: 33 New Montgomery, 9th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

To register for this event, please send an email to [email protected] with your name.


•5:30 – Welcome, Networking
•6:00 – 7:00 Presentation
•7:00 – 7:30 Wrap-Up and Networking

Slalom Consulting (www.slalom.com) is sponsoring this week’s meeting and will be providing refreshments.

SharePoint Search: Do I Really Need FAST?

Organizations selecting SharePoint 2010 as a content or collaboration platform frequently have to choose between implementing SharePoint Search or “going enterprise” and purchasing FAST Search for SharePoint. The decision is not easy and the true drivers are often obfuscated by marketing copy.

This presentation will cover the real world scenarios, both business and technical,  that drive the decision to choose FAST including case studies that highlight both SharePoint and FAST in on-premise and hybrid cloud infrastructures involving Microsoft SharePoint Online.

Speaker Bio: Carl Grimm
Carl Grimm is a Senior Consultant for Avanade, a technology consulting firm founded in 2000 as a joint venture between Accenture and Microsoft. Carl specializes in enterprise search, metadata and knowledge management. He actively advises global organizations on the tools and leading practices needed for efficient and effective management of enterprise information. Prior to Avanade Carl specialized in enterprise search at New Idea Engineering and was a creative director of interactive media at Firebelly. He has also held management positions in the IT consulting and financial services sector.