Over the last several weeks I have had the opportunity to see new products from DotNetNuke Vendors or see the vendors discuss upcoming announcements that are being held until OpenForce Europe and OpenForce Connections. One thing that has caught my eye in these new product announcements is the level of polish and professionalism being shown in the current generation of DotNetNuke products. I personally can’t wait to see the DotNetMushroom RAD module which is going to be launched at OpenForce Europe. I have had the opportunity to meet many of the people behind products like DMX, ActiveSocial, Open Web Studio and many others over the last several years and I am always amazed at their passion and their intimate knowledge of the DotNetNuke platform. These vendors love to share their knowledge with community members.
When DotNetNuke was first getting started, we shared our knowledge online. Little code snippets here, a blog post there and a forum post or two over on DotNetNuke.com. All of these methods of knowledge transfer were good, but there was something missing. The online sources of information were missing the human element. And they were missing the level of interactivity that is only available when discussing a topic face to face. They were also missing the ability to dive deep into a topic and to customize that content for the current audience. For me the networking opportunities at a conference like OpenForce are well worth the price of admission, but when you add in the content that is often only available at these conferences, then they become must attend events.
To help bring the community closer together and to facilitate a greater sharing of knowledge we started the OpenForce conferences in 2007. These conferences give you a chance to talk one on one with the leading developers and designers in the DotNetNuke community. This year, OpenForce Europe continues this tradition and includes a strong lineup of speakers from both Europe and North America. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear cutting edge topics like running DotNetNuke in the Cloud, DotNetNuke and Dynamic Data, Automated Build and Packaging with MSBuild. These are just a handful of the sessions you’ll hear at OpenForce Europe. In addition attendees will have access to sessions by some of the leading .Net developers like Richard Campbell, Stephen Forte, Don Kiely, Shawn Wildermuth, Beth Massi, Ted Neward and others.
Access to these .Net and DotNetNuke developers is not something that can be duplicated online. You really have to be there.