SharePoint Saturday Chicago Suburbs 2016 Wrap Up

Conference-SpeakerIt was a great event this year at the Chicago Suburbs SharePoint Saturday event. I spoke on “Real World SharePoint Debacles — and Their Solutions!”, if you are looking for my slides, see the end of this blog post. I wanted to shout out to Craig Jahnke, Yvan Hernandez, Jack Fruh and others for putting the event together. I included some photos from some speakers that I admire and know in the community too. If you didn’t get a chance to attend, check out the local SharePoint Saturday events in your area or make sure you come next year!



And some photos from the event including some of my favorite SharePoint speakers:

Sean McDonough talking about SharePoint Disaster Recovery













Virgil Carroll of High Monkey working his magic on SharePoint search













Mike Maadarani talking migrations to Office 365 and on-premises SharePoint












Drew Madelung and his lovely sidekick chatting up collaboration roadmaps













Had a great time, see you all at an event soon! 😉

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MSFT Q1 2016 Earnings: Stock Pops, Details “Cloudy”



Microsoft reported earnings after the close yesterday, EPS of $0.67 a share non-GAAP, versus $0.59 estimated and revenue of $21.66 billion non-GAAP, versus $21.03 billion estimated. Although I am very fortunate the stock “popped” after buying a bunch of call options on MSFT stock, I have to admit that I am a bit perplexed on why the stock has risen over 10% and  hit a new 15 year high all in one day. I also want to say I am not “Microsoft bashing” as most of my career relies on consulting with their software. There are some great items of note in the earnings report, but there are also some odd and even missing pieces of information that has left me asking “why” a bit more. Let’s look at what we know so far…

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New Certification – MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect Announced


Microsoft Learning has released a new certification entitled MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect. As an MCSD certification, this credential carries a two-year recertification requirement. The certification can be obtained by passing the all three of the following Azure exams:

Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions – 532

Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions – 533

Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions – 534

From Microsoft Learning: “This decision is the result of several months of discussions with both internal and external stakeholders, and the added desire to take advantage of the unique opportunity that Ignite provides to socialize the latest developments in training and validation. The decision to align this credential with MCSD, rather than MCSE, is due to the fact that this set of exams primarily validates development and DevOps skills.”

A new MCSD certification page will be available on the Microsoft Learning web site very soon explaining further details.


Study & Learning Resources

Azure Solutions Architect – Study Resources You Need to KnowSidney Andrews via MSLearning


For further details and questions, make sure to check out the MS Learning center at Ignite or the Microsoft Learning website soon for more details.

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SharePoint Server 2013 Certfication Exam Review 70-331 & 70-332 from Microsoft Ignite


*Update 5/9/15: The folks at Microsoft are fast! The videos and sessions from the Ignite conference are already up on the Channel 9 website. If you didn’t get a chance to see my exam review for the SharePoint Server 2013 Exam prep, check it out here on Channel 9.


I was also at at the MS Learning information booth and study hall answering questions from attendees, it was good fun. If I was able to meet you, thanks for stopping by to say hello!

Info from the Ignite Conference (although now over, but will be held again in Chicago May 9-May 13th, 2016):

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2015 SharePoint Adoption, Usage, Jobs and Community Interest Statistics

Graph-01I have changed this article title but the following statistical information is still in tact, see below:

Recently, there has been talk among some of the well know SharePoint supporters in the community about SharePoint growing old and it damaging your career by choosing to stay working with it. Although I personally do not intend to leave SharePoint in the near future, this blog post does represent something that I had been tracking and noticing over the past 1 – 2 years, I just hadn’t planned on blogging about it so soon. I wanted to present factual information and statistics around the SharePoint product and let each person comment and make a decision for themselves what they think the future holds for SharePoint. Here we go…
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