Windows IT Pro is in the process of finalising plans for a new series of one-day SharePoint conferences in Europe. Hosted by our very own Dan Holme, the SharePoint Solutions Summit '09 will touch down in The Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Portugal and the UK in March and April.

Hawaii-based Holme is returning to Europe after the success of our Scoring with SharePoint conference at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United Football Club, in November. As well as being a Microsoft MVP, he is a contributing editor to Windows IT Pro magazine and runs his own SharePoint-oriented consultancy.

It was his consultancy work for U.S. TV network NBC at last summer's Beijing Olympics that provides the backdrop to his keynote speech "SharePoint Takes the Gold". A refreshing take on the "SharePoint Wheel," Holme will explain which SharePoint scenarios are well-supported out of the box and which are more complex to implement. SharePoint is not a silver bullet, he will point out, so third-party plug-ins and other solutions will be discussed throughout the day.

Other seminars will include sessions on how to implement SharePoint governance, key administration skills and practical, code-free business solutions that address collaboration, business process automation, search, and integration with Office 2007. The latter session will focus the types of solutions that deliver maximum value with minimum effort. Modules will include document libraries, SharePoint Designer workflows and custom list forms and Outlook integration.

The SharePoint Solutions Summit '09 will be held in Amsterdam on March 24 and Munich on March 31, with the Ireland, Portugal and UK dates yet to be confirmed at the time this newsletter went to press. We will have more news in our next issue but if you want a heads-up on the full line-up, simply mail your details to us and we will send you a link to the registration website in the course of the next few days.

Microsoft SharePoint partners interested in sponsoring/exhibiting at SharePoint Solutions Summit '09 should contact show director Craig Watson via email or by 'phone on +44 (0)161 929 2800.