Last Saturday was St. Louis’s 3rd SharePoint Saturday and the general consensus seems to be that it was a big success. As a member of the planning committee, it was very satisfying seeing people enjoying the opportunity to learn new things (for free!) and getting to know knew friends as well as catching
up with old ones. We had unusually nice weather which was nice, considering having an event in January can cause significant travel issues if the weather isn’t nice. I especially appreciated the commitment from so many speakers who flew in from places like North Carolina, Minnesota, Texas, and even Montreal.

For the first time, we presented a series of “exam cram” sessions, which were meant to help prepare attendees for taking the SharePoint exams. I think this is something there’s definitely a need for, and hopefully this is something that can be implemented at future SharePoint Saturdays in other cities as well. Since only the infrastructure exams have been released for SharePoint 2013, I spent quite a bit of time going over the new certification track (MSCE:SharePoint) and talking about the new exam format.

Here are the exam cram slide decks I presented for each of the SharePoint 2013 infrastructure exams:
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Additional​ly, I’ve started on a new set of exam study guides for both exams. Each of these study guides takes a significant amount of time to do, and I’ve just started on them, but I thought I’d share them with you.

Exam 70-331 Study Guide
Exam 70-332 Study Guide

SPSSTL '13 Book GiveawayAlso, Savvy Technical Solutions gave away three copies of Wrox’s SharePoint Six in One. It was nice to see so many event participants staying until the very end (although I have a feeling it had to do with the $200 Amazon gift certificate, and Kindle Fire HD that were being raffled off!)