Presenting at SharePoint Saturday London 2015 #SPSLondon

I am excited to have been selected to deliver a SharePoint session at the inaugural SharePoint Saturday London event in Imperial College (University of London) on 11 July 2015. Its my pleasure to contribute and catching up with SharePoint enthusiasts and training along the way! I want to thank the organisers and sponsors for bringing this event and the volunteers who contribute endless energy – well done folks! This year there are 4 session tracks (Business, End User, Developer, IT Professional) and some sessions will be delivered by well-known speakers.
My session ‘Evolving with Office 365 and SharePoint Online Collaboration Tools‘ is going to focus on with plethora of features and productivity tools from Microsoft on constant release, this session will focus on tools such as Delve, Office 365 Groups, Office online and many features driving optimum SharePoint productivity experience with nuggets of demos!

For those who have never visited SharePoint Saturday event before, SharePoint Saturday Events ( are FREE one-day events held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint professionals for End Users, Power Users, Project Managers, Business Analysts and many more. So what are you waiting for? Get registering and hope to see you on 11th July!

To keep up with the latest event updates and developments you can follow on Twitter at #SPSLondon and @SPS_London
See you there!


Slides: Replacing your Fileshare with SharePoint 2013 Farm #suguk

This week on Thursday 25 June, I had a pleasure of presenting a SharePoint session at SharePoint User Group UK (London) event hosted at Microsoft Offices in Victoria, London. Just wanted to say thanks to the organisers (Symon Garfield, Paul Hunt and Nigel Price) for putting the event together and pizzas sponsored by Combined Knowledge Ltd.

My session Replacing your Fileshare with SharePoint 2013 Farm slides are uploaded at Slideshare and hope you found the session informative.

Thanks for attending my session!

Delivering Session at SharePoint User Group UK (London) 25 June 2015 #suguk

In a couple of weeks time I will be delivering a talk on replacing a file share with SharePoint 2013 farm at SharePoint user group in London (thanks to organisers in advance!).

This lessons learned session focuses on real world scenario on what went wrong with implementation and the steps SharePoint expert recommended and actioned to bring the project back on track to drive the replacement of fileshare with SharePoint 2013 and paving the way for better end user adoption.

Event Details:

The Time: Thursday, 25 June 2015 from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM –

The Place: Microsoft UK, 80-100 Victoria Street, London UK

To register your place head over to eventbrite site and hope to see you there!

To keep up to date with latest info you can follow @suguk#suguk on Twiiter.

Categories: Events, SharePoint Tags: ,

Session slides – Validating SharePoint 2013 Farm before Go-Live #SPSParis

Last weekend I had a pleasure in attending and speaking at an inaugural SharePoint Saturday Paris 2015 and it was a sold-out and successful event! The marketing of this event compared to other SharePoint Saturday events was very well planned and executed by the organisers. It was very special for me because my wife travelled with me for the first time to one of these SPS Events, especially where I speak in SPSUK every year so that made worthwhile and meeting with the fellow speakers and sponsors and the attendees.

I presented one session “Validating your SharePoint 2013 Farm before Go-Live” which was a session based on my recent work within a public sector organisation in which IT service provider has delivered a SharePoint platform and left with end-users responsible for the rollout to the whole organisation and I was brought in to support improvements and steer the rollout. During my time there I identified many gaps and problems which affected the rollout so this session was very much to raise awareness of the things to watch out and identify risks early on.

Finally, I would like to thank the attendees, staff, sponsors and the organisers for having me in what was a fantastic event – well done to all! Hopefully see you all next year!

Below are two slide decks one from my session and another one the event summary – pretty much in the pictures, so enjoy and hopefully see you all next year.



Categories: Events, SharePoint

#MSIgnite Microsoft Technology Conference Keynote in Pictures

Well! the moment we had been waiting for the inaugural Microsoft Ignite conference in Chicago this week arrived today. Whilst the event was a sell-out with approx. 23,000 attendees, I had the pleasure of tuning into MSDN Channel 9 for the keynote on what was a UK bank holiday weekend!

Prior to the keynote broadcast, there was a pre-keynote show with Joey Snow, visiting the demo rooms by Brad Anderson and featuring few eye catching tweets, which coincidentally one of them was mine!


Below are few screenshots from the keynote that was delivered by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella outlining the strategic direction and some big announcements.

1. Create more personal computing

2.Reinvent Productivity & Business Processes
– Office 2016 new public preview
– Skype for Business Broadcasting
– Office Delve Organisational Analytics

3. Build the Intelligent Cloud
– Windows Server and Systems Center 2016
– SQL Server 2016
– Azure Stack
– Operations Management Suite
– Advanced Threat Analytics

Cortana answering business data questions with PowerBI

Joe Belfiore demonstrating the universal app switching between mobile device and desktop applications.

Windows 10 demonstration with face recognition login.



Windows 10 File encryption options at point of saving the document.

File explorer with encrypted documents.

Hopefully you have the flavour of the keynote and announcements from MS Ignite conference and no doubt there will be plenty of content coming our way to consume!

The full keynote recording can be found at Channel 9 video channel.

Chirag Patel @techChirag

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday Paris 2015 #spsparis

March 15, 2015 Leave a comment

I am excited to have been selected by the committee of SharePoint Saturday Paris (Patrick Guimonet, Benoit Jester, Gokan Ozcifci) to present a conference session covering SharePoint topic. This is an inaugural event which adds to a huge list of worldwide SharePoint Saturday events and want to thank the organisers for making it happen – so well done!

For those of you not aware of the event series, according to the SPSEvents site SharePoint Saturday Events (SPS Events) is a FREE one-day event held in different cities around the world, featuring sessions from influential and respected SharePoint professionals.

My session details are as follows:

Session I05: Validating your SharePoint 2013 Farm before Go-Live for the SharePoint Infrastructure and Core Business track.

Session Abstract: You are at a mercy of your IT service provider who has delivered SharePoint to your organisation and you are ready to go live… but your newly appointed SharePoint expert has found plethora of issues!This session focuses on real world scenario on what went wrong and the steps SharePoint expert recommended and actioned to bring the project back on track to drive the replacement of fileshare with SharePoint 2013 and paving the way for better end user adoption.

Session Date & Time: 30 May 2015 at 11:15-12:00 (CET)

Venue: Montparnasse Tower, 33 Avenue du Maine, 75015 Paris, France  

I will be joined by international SharePoint experts consisting of MVPs, MCSMs & MCTs and looking forward to meet & share experiences with all the attendees and of course the sponsors, in which the event would not happen without their support – thanks!

You can keep up to date with SharePoint Saturday Paris 2015 website and the sessions.

You can follow through social media at @SPS_Paris and #spsparis

See you there and get registering!

Chirag Patel @techChirag

Volunteering to take 1000s of donation calls for Red Nose Day Charity #RND2015

This week on Friday 13th, I’ll be volunteering to take 1000s of vital donation calls at the Comic Relief Official Call Centre in London in support of the Red Nose Day charity to tackle the root causes of poverty and social injustice in the UK and across the world. More information can be found on their RedNoseDay website.
I am told its going to be fun packed evening to keep us busy dealing with calls and probably around 6 hours of my time till midnight, which I will be more than happy to contribute.

You can follow social media hashtags on #RND2015 and @RedNoseDay

Have you donated yet? – what are you waitng for?

UPDATE: Enjoyed volunteering on the fun packed evening and handled donation calls worth £800 – Proud to make a difference!
Managed to stay on course from 5.30pm till midnight. Also appreciative of management support from the Harrow Council staff and Michael Lockwood (Chief Executive of Harrow Council).
HarrowCouncilCallCentreComicRelief2015 MichaelLockwoodHarrowCouncil

You can still use the above links to donate if you haven’t done so! Thanks!

Categories: Charity, Events Tags:

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: