May 9, 2016
Windows proverbs

Thank you, SharePoint Saturday Madrid!

I had the honor to attend SharePoint Saturday Madrid this past weekend as a speaker. This was the second such event in Spain for me, the previous one being SharePoint Saturday Barcelona in September 2015. My Spanish language skills are still very much missing, broken and limited but I was happy to realize I could kind of follow a simple discussion – those few minutes on Duolingo I took last year are starting to pay off! The event was held at Microsoft Madrid offices. One of the main reasons for attending SharePoint Saturday events for me is the chance to meet friends, hangaround with great speakers and attendees, and to see the world a bit. (Maarten, me and Thomas in Madrid – picture by Hans Brender) We spent […]
May 4, 2016

The Future of SharePoint: collection of resources

Today is May 4th, or Star Wars day, and also the date for The Future of SharePoint announcements from Microsoft. I knew that many of my friends, colleagues and people I follow on social media would blog about the event during the webcast, as well as their thoughts on the new and shiny things for SharePoint, OneDrive for Busines and Office 365. So, while I love writing I also seem to be a bit too busy to do it properly this time of the year. My company’s fiscal year ends on April 30th, so there’s some housekeeping that needs to be done so that we can sign off and close the books for last fiscal year. As a service to the community but also as a bookmark for […]
March 31, 2016
Build keynote (2nd day)

Second day announcements and thoughts from Build 2016

(This blog post is being updated during the keynote, last updated 31st of March, 10:50 am PDT) Today is the second day of Build 2016 in San Francisco. I wrote about my travel and first day in another post. Expectations for this day are high, as yesterday’s keynote was somewhat a let-down. There were good bits, but not the usual wow-effect people have come to expect from an event like this. A lot of the stuff that was shown was either previously released and marketing hype was strong during the talks. Second day keynote Keynote starts, as expected, with Scott Guthrie on Azure. I really like his style, as it’s very Finnish-like to me: straight to the point, and no fluff-talk.   85 % of Fortune 500 companies […]
March 30, 2016
Moscone Center

Announcements and thoughts from Microsoft Build 2016

(This post is updated March 30th, 11 am PDT) Build 2016: Announcements and thoughts (this blog post) Build 2016: Second day This week I am in San Francisco for the yearly Microsoft Build-conference. I try to attend at least one major Microsoft event every year and as Microsoft Ignite was rescheduled for September, I had a chance to allocate some time to spend 6 days in sunny San Francisco. This blog post will serve as a placeholder for my blogging throughout the week – I hope you’ll find this useful! Travel I’m based in Helsinki, Finland. That’s about 8700 km (5400 miles) of air travel for me, so I spent the better portion of Monday in transit. I’m able to sleep in most places and airplanes are no […]
February 5, 2016

Recap from SharePoint Saturday Dubai 2016

I had the opportunity and pleasure to present at SharePoint Saturday Dubai 2016 this past weekend. This was also the first international event of the year for me. I’ve never had a chance to visit Dubai so it was a great to visit the warmer climates of UAE for an extended weekend. My presentation topic was a deep dive on SharePoint 2016 architectures. Overall I think it went really well, and I always enjoy when I get to present fresh content, rather than talk about the past. SharePoint 2016 Release Candidate was released just recently so there is plenty to learn and share. After Saturday’s sessions and speaker dinner, we hooked up with a friend of mine and spent the better part of the day roaming the sand […]