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!