2016 was the SharePoint year to remember

Happy New Year folks! After a well deserved long holiday and as new year begins with reflection and following the principles of continuous improvement. Below are some of the highlights of where some of my time for SharePoint and Office 365 technical community was spent through speaking engagements and blog posts.


I was lucky enough to be a speaker at following community events and as ever learning from my peers.

I was also fortunate to work with some of the high-profile organisations in particular the universities in London as well as some of the private sector organisations with the likes of global insurance firm and a global consultancy. It still amazes me how different organisations use Office 365 and SharePoint for their needs with varying degrees of maturity and adoption and together with the product rollout of features and updates from Microsoft makes this cloud collaboration space a very exciting and challenging environments to be in.
The biggest take away for me in 2016 was the new lease of life for SharePoint as informed by Future of SharePoint event, major updates to SharePoint experiences and the SharePoint App!

I also had the opportunity to take up couple of courses in TOGAF 9 Foundation & Certified and ITIL Continual Service Improvement (CSI) with an aim of consolidating my long standing work and projects experiences to align with formal training. To finish off the year, I was delighted to have passed both the foundation and certified exams and achieve TOGAF 9 Certified.

As part of my yearly commitment to support charitable causes, I decided to support Movember Foundation to help stop young men dying by volunteering to grow a full beard for the whole of November. I was very pleased to beat my fundraising target of £500, to which finally I managed to raise £618.

As I settle into 2017 and look forward to working with various organisations I will endeavour to share more experiences and my views around the developments in the SharePoint and office 365 products and services.

Enjoy the 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 www.techchirag.com

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