Events

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Insights on planning, crafting, delivering and enjoying a keynote

Today I was on stage with my good friend Maarten Eekels to deliver a keynote together. We were invited to deliver the keynote for SharePoint Saturday Brussels a few months ago, and we took this opportunity with enthusiasm as you never have too many opportunities to co-present with someone you respect. First things first – you can view our slides here: The goal of our keynote was to showcase, demo and present what’s possible today to secure and maintain a secure posture on Office 365, Microsoft 365 and Azure. We had 50 minutes, so we knew we wanted to include a lot of content, but not too much to make it messy or hard to digest. I wanted to write… Read More »Insights on planning, crafting, delivering and enjoying a keynote
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What’s up?

In June this year, I wrote a brief update on what I’ve been up to lately. Weeks fly by so fast, I realized it’s time to provide another brief update after almost 6 months has passed. Hello from Haarlem I’m attending the Office 365 & SharePoint 2019 Connect even in beautiful Haarlem, The Netherlands. I think this is the 9th year for this event, and sadly also the last time it’s being held. It’s bittersweet I won’t get to visit this charming little town next year anymore. I presented two sessions, you can access the content through these links: Getting started with Azure Container Instances Azure Blackbelt: 30 essential skills I’ve done fewer conferences and events this year, than in… Read More »What’s up?
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I’m speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando this November!

I’m overly happy and proud that I was selected as a speaker for the upcoming Microsoft Ignite 2019 event this November! The event takes place November 4-8 in Orlando, FL at the Orange County Convention Center. It’s going to be a massive event with over 1,000 sessions. This is my third time speaking at Ignite, and each time I’ve enjoyed the experience very much. It’s hectic, massive and memorable each year. I will be presenting two times, on new topics I haven’t presented before. The first one is titled Building a connected summer cabin using Azure IoT Hub and AI. The idea is to go through the planning, challenges, and solutions I’ve built for my summer cabin. The second one… Read More »I’m speaking at Microsoft Ignite 2019 in Orlando this November!

What’s up?

It’s been a few very busy months for me, and instead of writing a deeply technical article on something esoteric I thought I’d update you a bit on what’s going on. I wrote earlier about starting school to eventually graduate as an Executive MBA. It’s almost time for Summer break, yet I’ve enjoyed every hour in the classroom and while working on assignments. Some have been very challenging, others have been mostly fun but still time consuming. It’s an intricate balance between work, school, hobbies, family and finding time to think. I spent a few days in Prague, the Czech Republic late April to plan, discuss and produce the 2019 program for the European SharePoint, Office 365, and Azure Conference.… Read More »What’s up?

Is it worth going to large, international tech conferences anymore?

Hello from Seattle! This week I am attending Microsoft Build 2019. The weather is nice, as opposed to all the previous times I have been in Seattle during the past 20 years. Note: I wrote compact recaps from all three keynotes from Build – you can view them here (Vision Keynote, Azure Keynote, Microsoft 365 Keynote). For me to get to Seattle it’s a tedious and long journey. Admittedly not insanely long, but typically between 15 and 22 hours door-to-door. Time difference is 10 hours, first few days are basically just coping with lack of sleep and tiredness. A large conference such as Build, at 6,000 or so attendees, is also time away from family and work. For me that… Read More »Is it worth going to large, international tech conferences anymore?
Books

On writing books

I spent a few days during Christmas break to map out my 2019 – goals, dreams, hopes, ambitions and fears. I also read – a lot. Perhaps not enough to claim I’m an avid reader, but enough to make my Kindle sweat when I download more books from Amazon. I love reading ebooks, printed books as well as whitepapers that I sometimes print myself. I’m very bad with audiobooks, as I seem to like the act of reading too much. I’ve written  7, or maybe 8 books during my professional career. Admittedly, I should’ve and could’ve written thrice as many, but I was a slow starter. While I was getting my latest book ready for publishing in late 2017 I had… Read More »On writing books

Embracing the future: Integrating SharePoint Portal Server 2001 with Microsoft Azure Functions

During Christmas break in late 2016 I started planning for my upcoming presentations and demos for the first half of 2017. I’ve held talks on a wide range of topics, including all things SharePoint, Microsoft Azure Security, PowerApps and Flow, and Azure App Service to mention a few. I like the challenge of learning about new technologies, platforms, frameworks and approaches for productivity and modern work. So once again in December it was time to think about something new. My first presentation was yesterday in Paris, for the Microsoft Cloud Summit. I knew I wanted to touch a bit on PowerApps and Flow, since they’ve progressed hugely in the past few months. In addition I’ve been using Azure Functions quite… Read More »Embracing the future: Integrating SharePoint Portal Server 2001 with Microsoft Azure Functions
Shout it out loud!

My checklist for speaking at conferences and events

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 more speaking opportunities outside Finland, and also in shorter pieces. Instead of a 3 day workshop, I craved for a 30-60 minutes “straight to the point” talks. Brief thoughts on the past I started my journey by listing (what I thought) would be the topics… Read More »My checklist for speaking at conferences and events

Thank you, SharePoint Saturday Netherlands 2016!

I was happy to be accepted as a speaker for SharePoint Saturday Netherlands, which was held in Vianen (near Utrecht) last weekend. It’s been a super busy May and June for me so far, yet I was very happy to be able to make a visit to the Netherlands before the holiday season. My sister (and her Dutch husband) live near Utrecht, so the event was also a good opportunity for me to catch up with them. Last time our catch-up ended at 5 am by bicycling through Utrecht – so good memories. Flying to Schiphol is rather easy, as it takes around 2 hours direct. This was my 10th flight in 2 months so I am getting very used… Read More »Thank you, SharePoint Saturday Netherlands 2016!

Thank you, SharePoint Saturday Paris 2016!

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 peak of my exclusive membership, but it sure feels like a lot of work. Upon arriving to Charles de Gaulle airport I decide to take the train to the city centre. I read somewhere that taxi might be prohibitely expensive as it is rush hour… Read More »Thank you, SharePoint Saturday Paris 2016!