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.



Chirag is an Independent Consultant at Patel Consulting, BCS Chartered IT Professional, TOGAF Certified Architect, Microsoft Certified Solution Expert (Productivity, Data Management and Analytics) and Microsoft Service Adoption specialist based in London, UK with more than 20 years of industry experience. He works with a wide variety of clients in many sectors, designing and implementing business collaboration, data and information management solutions and services based on SharePoint and Office 365 technologies to create business value for both themselves and their customers, including UK Microsoft Gold Partners with deployment, upgrade and migration services delivery. Chirag is an active SharePoint community participant, frequent speaker at local and international events including SharePoint Saturdays (London, Cambridge, Brussels, Paris, Madrid, Barcelona, UK, EMEA, India) and Collab365. In 2011, for his valuable contributions to Microsoft TechNet forums he received a Microsoft Community Contributor Award. In his little spare time he enjoys cycling, cricket and participating in Charity bike rides and Duathlons. You can follow Chirag on Twitter at @techChirag and find him online at

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