In times like these, it’s important to think about how you can help the ones in immediate need within your community and at large. The obvious solution might be to volunteer to help out those in need with your time, resources and skills. Therefore, I was immensely delighted to see that Hack the Crisis, which takes place this coming weekend (March 20-22), is taking tangible steps and actions to help businesses and the communities. Through… Read More »I’m supporting the Hack the Crisis virtual hackathon
While I’m being busy building my new home office setup, recording podcasts, working at Microsoft, studying at school and deciding which porridge to cook for the family in the morning, I’ve had some time to push forward a few interesting projects on the side. Here’s an update! Azure Fest (NL) I’m honored to speak at Azure Fest in the Netherlands on May 28. My talk will obviously be Azure related, but as there are still… Read More »A few quick updates – and everything is awesome!
Azure Heroes is a program for the community from Microsoft, that aims to recognize and empower technical Azure practitioners to achieve more. Recognized community members will be rewarded with a digital badger, that is backed by blockchain (from Enjin). You can see the public ledger here. You can reach out to me also directly (via Twitter, Teams, or email) if you have any questions or feedback with regards to the program. [Update Jan 21: As… Read More »Azure Community: Azure Heroes is now live
We had our fourth annual SharePoint Saturday Helsinki event this past Saturday. Weather was great, and overall the event was a huge success! If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s a global event where different cities organize a free event on a Saturday of their choosing, with often tens of breakout sessions and networking opportunities. You can read more about the SharePoint Saturday concept here, and also see the upcoming events around the world.… Read More »Passing the torch: New leadership for SharePoint Saturday Helsinki
I received great and satisfying news in early May – I am renewed as a Microsoft Regional Director for another two years (2019-2021)! It’s my second term, as I was initially nominated and accepted to this elite group of people in 2017. Microsoft Regional Directors (RDs) are trusted advisors, but we do not work for Microsoft. I think this is important to mention, as sometimes people assume that I’ve joined Microsoft as a full-time employee.… Read More »I’m renewed as Microsoft Regional Director
I’ve been using computers since I was 5. I’ve worked in IT more or less full time since I was 13. For all this time, I’ve used an endless amount of software written by people I’ve never met and whom I’ve never thanked properly. Windows, Office and the typical productivity software of course gets a yearly thank you note from me and my company in the form of different sorts of payments through the Microsoft… Read More »I feel bad for not paying for quality software – so I made a small donation
I just received the exciting news that I am chosen as a speaker for SharePoint Saturday Netherlands, in, well, the Netherlands. The event is June 10, which coincidentally is also a Saturday, so that’s a good thing as travel will mostly occur during the weekend for me. Get your tickets now! It’s also free, so no excuse not to attend. Speaker lineup is unbelievably unbelievable this year. Not talking necessarily about myself, but of these… Read More »I am speaking at SharePoint Saturday Netherlands in June!
I’ve been working in IT since 1990. I also just turned 40, so there’s a little bit of a crisis right there. Majority of those years I’ve spent on Microsoft technologies – I do have a dark past dabbling in Linux and different Un*x variants. Plenty of these years have included SharePoint, Office 365 and Microsoft Azure. Good times, challenging projects and inspiring technical problems to crack. One of the guiding principles for me has… Read More »Microsoft Regional Director
I’ve been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for two years now. On SharePoint for the first year and Office Servers and Services this past year. I received good news last Friday that I am renewed as a Microsoft MVP for 3rd year, on Office Servers and Services – as it is my primary field of work and expertise. It’s been a very busy 12 months for me – numerous events that I’ve organized and co-organized, tons… Read More »I’m renewed as Microsoft MVP!
June 23rd: Updates: This post was updated with community comments and additional ideas on – see the end of the post for the changes. I decided early last year I would focus a bit more energy and effort for speaking at conferences and events than I normally do. I’ve been a Microsoft Certified Trainer since 2003, so there has been plenty of speaking opportunities in classrooms and for slightly larger audiences. I wanted to have… Read More »My checklist for speaking at conferences and events
I was honored and privileged to be chosen as a speaker for SharePoint Saturday Paris 2016. The event was held this past weekend, 28th of May at the Montparnasse Tower. My trip started as usual from the Helsinki-Vantaa airport in Finland. I normally fly Finnair, and after a few years of collecting the elusive flyer’s miles I am finally able to get free coffee in the lounge. I’m not fully certain if this is the… Read More »Thank you, SharePoint Saturday Paris 2016!
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… Read More »Thank you, SharePoint Saturday Madrid!
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… Read More »Recap from SharePoint Saturday Dubai 2016
My company (Onsight Helsinki) arranged together with Blue Meteorite the first Helsinki Hackathon event in Helsinki, January 15th. The main theme for the hackathon was to build a working solution using Office 365, especially with the Office 365 APIs and possibly also Microsoft Graph. I was inspired to have a local hackathon after attending the European SharePoint Conference last November, and seeing the results and enthusiasm from attendees who attended the hackathon while there. There’s… Read More »First Helsinki Hackathon was a success–check out the results!
I was honored and happy to be invited to speak at the first SharePoint Saturday Barcelona this past weekend. The event was organized by SharePoint User Group Catalunya. Visiting Barcelona is always a great experience, and by now it seems to be a yearly tradition to spenD a weekend in warmer climate of Spain around this time of the year. You can see the impressive speaker lineup here. Introduction and first part of the event… Read More »SharePoint Saturday Barcelona 2015 recap