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 14:00-14:45 (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).
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You can still use the above links to donate if you haven’t done so! Thanks!

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London SharePoint User Group UK – Ask The Experts Panel #suguk

December 15, 2014 Leave a comment

This Thursday, I have been invited to participate in the panel of SharePoint experts hosted by London regional SharePoint User Group UK at the Microsoft UK offices in Victoria, London. My thanks to the Symon Garfield for giving me the opportunity to participate in what will be a massive SharePoint Xmas rave alongside with other International experts!

The event is FREE to attend and you are welcome to bring your SharePoint and Office 365 questions, problems, issues, etc and we will endeavour to answer your questions or point to somebody who has answers.

For further details, head over to the event site and get registered and look forward to seeing you there!


Speaking at SharePoint Saturday UK 2014 #SPSUK

October 21, 2014 Leave a comment

This year I’ve been invited back again to deliver a SharePoint session at the 5th SharePoint Saturday UK event in Hinckley Island Hotel in Leicestershire on 29th November 2014. This will be my 4th time speaking at this FREE one-day event and its always been a 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 5 session tracks (Business, Developer, IT Professional, Information Worker and Social) and some sessions will be delivered by well-known speakers.

My session ‘Improving productivity with SharePoint centric Office collaboration tools‘ is going to focus on plethora of features and productive tools from Microsoft that are on constant release with tools such as Delve, OneDrive for Business and Yammer driving optimum SharePoint productivity experience with nuggets of demos!

For those who have never visited SharePoint Saturday UK event before, SharePoint Saturday Events (SPSEvents.org) 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 29th November!

To keep up with the latest event updates and developments you can follow on Twitter at #SPSUK and @SPSUK

Below are some of my presentations delivered in the past years and you can take a look at the slide decks on @techChirag Slideshare.

Office Delve – discovery and search tool without doing anything

September 11, 2014 Leave a comment

Following the announcements from SharePoint Conference earlier this year of a new feature, this week saw the first release of Delve (formerly Oslo) which is a discovery and search tool that is capable of accessing OneDrive for Business, SharePoint Online, Yammer, Outlook and more. Currently Office Delve can be accessed via browser and is a feature part of Office 365.

Delve aims to solve the problem of information silos by bringing all of the above content mediums that is useful and contextually relevant through your interactions with content and people, into a visually engaging card-like experience application.

Delve is built on Office Graph (data layer), in which it interacts with content and signals and applying machine learning principles to gain insights and proactively presenting the information in several intended views:
– Presented to me
– Modified by me
– Shared with me
– Trending around me
– Liked by me
– Viewed by me

Delve not only enables you to search content but also people with intended activity driven views from Office Graph:
– We both work with
– Working with
– Peers
– Manager
– Directs

Having taken Delve for spin, below are my notes and observations:
The first release of Delve contains only the following views: My Work, Shared with me and small list of people. Though more views are planned.
SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business are the only content mediums connected to Office Graph at the moment.
The real benefits of Delve can only be realized with the uptake of OneDrive for Business and sharing content with your colleagues, in which Delve make it easier to surface content from everyone’s OneDrive for Business. An important point to note here is that Delve honors the permissions in respective content mediums and does not alter permissions.

There is also preview documentation available for Delve API to conduct graph queries through SharePoint Search REST API using GQL (Graph Query Language).

Delve Q&A
Few days after Delve release, Office 365 Technical Network organized an online event on Yammer (YamJam), containing great conversations with questions and answers from participants. My view of conversations can be found there with rapid responses from MS folks!
The recurring themes of discussions were:
– Privacy concerns
– Office Graph customisations roadmap
– Delve results integration to SharePoint Search result pages
– Hybrid scenarios
– Allowing Delve to federate between Office 365 tenants

Expect a summary report from Office Delve team soon in readable format! For detailed questions and answers, head to Yammer Delve Public Group
To keep up with Office Delve on Twitter, the hashtag is #Delve and twitter handle is @OfficeDelve

More info on Delve:
Introducing Delve and the Office Graph

What is Delve?

Delve – Next Generation Discovery and Search

Palace to Palace 45-mile Cycling Challenge #palace2palace

August 18, 2014 Leave a comment

Hey folks! I’m raising money for The Prince’s Trust and have set a target of £120 through taking part in Palace to Palace (Buckingham Palace to Windsor) 45-mile Cycling Challenge on 5th October 2014.

I’ve setup the fundraising page for you to donate easily. Alternatively you can donate via texting from your mobile – Text CPTP66 £1,£2,£3,£5 or £10 to 70070 to sponsor me today.

The Prince’s Trust help disadvantaged young people in the UK to change their lives and get into work, education or training.

Please help me to support the amazing work they do. So any change you can spare will be much appreciated. On the day with me will be my colleagues from Avanade UK who will also be participating in this amazing event!

Thank you in advance!

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SharePoint Conference 2014 Keynote Summary notes #spc14

March 4, 2014 3 comments

So after the last SharePoint conference back in 2012, this week sees another edition of SharePoint conference (#SPC14 @SPConf) in Las Vegas. Channel 9 MSDN was the channel for me to consume the live keynote delivered by former US president Bill Clinton (@BillClinton) and Microsoft Chief Jeff Teper (@JeffTeper). Interestingly, back in 2008 the keynote was delivered by Bill Gates and yesterday we had another Bill delivering the keynote!

For me the biggest headline was that there will be new On-Premise SharePoint version in 2015 – Great result!

The post summarises some of the key points that I took away & discussed in the keynote and what the future of SharePoint looks like!

A quick glance at Twitter stats before the keynote started showed that there were 19 million #SPC14 impressions and after the keynote this figure rose to 26 million – the excitement just kept energising! You can follow the current twitter stats at http://techchir.ag/1dgrvwG (thanks @meetdux)

Office 365 is now the fastest growing commercial product in Microsoft’s history, thus beating SharePoint, however, in my view SharePoint is still rich and very much baked in throughout Office 365 functionality.

Below were some of the points Bill Clinton discussed:

  • You cannot refuse anything just because you can’t do everything – more often we forget to ask what are we trying to achieve
  • Bill is grateful to Microsoft for being part of Clinton Initiative for 8 years where the technology has enabled variety of programmes around the world
  • Whilst today’s technologies brings us closer, there is increased growth of  inter-dependencies to get things done
  • There will always be a gap with what Governments can provide and what private sector can produce – technologists are critical part of this to create strong bridges
  • Technology is always needed for Public Sector Investment and Private Sector Innovation

The second half of the keynote was delivered by Jeff Teper and below were some of the main developments that paves the way ahead:

  • Office 365 phase 1 has been very much part of building the cloud infrastructure and services (SharePoint, Exchange and Lync). Here on, phase 2 is all about focussing on transformation and productivity networks
  • Future of SharePoint: 1. Social Workplace 2. Personalised Insights 3. NextGen Portal
  • Oslo app and Office Graph innovations were demonstrated by Julia White where information is beautifully overloaded – thus give me actions to deal with!
  • iPad was used to demonstrate some cool demos, and thus losing the opportunity to sell Surface tablet!
  • PowerBI with powerful visualisations were demonstrated, and thus being every Information Poor’s friend!
  • New Video portal in Office 365 announced
  • Contextual Apps development across Office 365 suite with strong focus on OAuth, OData, REST, HTML5
  • Whilst there was no mention of “No code” nor InfoPath’s death – Access Apps is powering ahead and receiving more attention
  • Availability of Multi-factor authentication in Office 365 and hybrid solutions with federated identities as well
  • OneDrive for Business (formerly SkyDrive Pro) available as standalone product
    So plenty of announcements and updates were given and there are probably more that I may have missed, nevertheless, there is a lot to unpack in the coming months and years, but the focus still remains protected for providing solutions to solve business problems with accelerated technology landscape.
    More details on the yesterday’s keynote can be found at Office365 blog – Technology enabling new ways of working http://techchir.ag/1ks2zqO
    Below is the glimpse of some twitter attractions during the keynote yesterday!
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