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MVPbuzzChat Episode 116 with Don Kirkham
Episode 116 of the #MVPbuzzChat interview series. Conversation between Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), and Office Development MVP Don Kirkham (@DonKirkham), a Lead Systems Consultant for GM Financial,and the CEO and Chief Architect for Probitas Data Solutions, based in Arlington, Texas. With over 15 years working with SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure and more than 30 years of programming experience, Don's passion is coding for the complete Microsoft ecosystem of cloud technologies, from database design to the user interface, including Business Intelligence solutions. He also spent 20 years as a pilot in the Air Force, accumulating over 4500 hours in various aircraft, including the T-1A, E-3B/C, and T-38.
In this episode, Don and I retrace some of the history of his development work in SharePoint and Microsoft 365, going back to MOSS 2007, and talk about some of the changes to tool development in the space. He discusses the importance of mentoring others within the community, and credits a fellow MVP (Eric Shupps) with getting him on the path toward earning his MVP award. We also explore his involvement in the Patterns and Practices (PnP) community, with Don recommending that people take a look at https://pnp.github.io/sharing-is-caring/ as a starting point, and conclude our chat by discussing the annual North American Collaboration Summit and our shared plans to attend in-person again this year.
You can also watch this entire episode on the CollabTalk YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/guqi9CqErmM
MVPbuzzChat Episode 115 with Joymalya Basu Roy
Episode 115 of the #MVPbuzzChat interview series. Conversation between Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), and Enterprise Mobility MVP Joymalya "Joy" Basu Roy (@jbasuroy369), a Senior Consultant and Architect focusing on Microsoft Intune and M365 Digital Workplace Services at Atos, and is based in Bangalore, India. Additionally, he is an official contributor to the Modern Endpoint Management group, which focuses on the SCCM + Intune Modern Workplace.
In this episode, Joy and I talk about his experience working on Microsoft Intune and Microsoft Endpoint Manager, and the shift that has happened with these technologies and many IT Pro roles as organizations have moved toward the cloud. He points out that there continues to be opportunities for these traditional IT roles as long as people are willing to continue learning -- and providing guidance to their organizations on how to best use, and optimize for, this rapidly evolving technology. Joy worked for several years for Microsoft and Wipro as a Premier Support Engineer, and shares some great advice on how to navigate the support process.
You can also watch this entire episode on the CollabTalk YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/UAR5hXup1pc
MVPbuzzChat Episode 114 with Daniel Anderson
Episode 114 of the #MVPbuzzChat series. Conversation between Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), and Office Apps & Services MVP Daniel Anderson (@sharepointfocus), a Product Evangelist and Partner Manager heading up the APAC team for Valo Intranet, and a long-time SharePoint and Microsoft 365 consultant based in Melbourne, Australia.
In this episode, Daniel and I talk about his long career in the SharePoint community, and the need to remember (and share!) the fundamentals of the technology because the community continues to rapidly grow -- and new people need to know the basics before jumping into advanced topics. We then segue into a conversation around the Microsoft 365 Maturity Model and the focus on employee experiences, including the new Microsoft Viva announcement (and its impact on companies like Valo).
You can also watch this entire episode on the CollabTalk YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/Xsk_MrNryiI
MVPbuzzChat Episode 113 with Emily Mancini
Episode 113 of the #MVPbuzzChat series. Conversation between Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, andfellow Office Apps & Services MVP Emily Mancini (@EEmancini), an Architect and the 4th MVP from Sympraxis Consulting, a member of Microsoft's Patterns and Practices (PnP) team, and a certified UX Master from Nielsen Norman Group, based in St. Petersburg, Florida.
In this episode, Emily and I talk about some of her activities within the PnP community, and the work that she and the Sympraxis team are doing around the Microsoft Maturity Model, which is based off of the great work done years ago by community member Sadie Van Buren on the SharePoint Maturity Model. Emily shares some of her experiences in supporting change management and governance initiatives, which helped prepare her for her current role.
You can also watch this entire episode on the CollabTalk YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/iGVis8Cyo54
MVPbuzzChat Episode 112 with Tobias Fenster
Episode 112 of the #MVPbuzzChat series. Conversation between Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, and dual MVP's in Business Applications and Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Regional Director Tobias Fenster (@tobiasfenster), an Ulm, Germany-based information technology professional skilled in IT strategy, Software as a Service (SaaS), solution architecture, software development, and Docker. Tobias is also the Chief Technology Officer for Cosmo Consult.
In this episode, Tobias and I discussed his activities with Business Central, Microsoft's cloud-based ERP solution for small and midsize organizations. While Business Central is his primary focus, he also writes and speaks on topics such as Docker containers, Azure DevOps, Visual Studio, Azure automation, and the broader Dynamics ERP space. We also talked a little bit about our shared experiences in the manufacturing sector, and the growth of Dynamics over the past few years as more companies are turning to Microsoft for flexible CRM and ERP solutions.
You can also watch this entire episode on the CollabTalk YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/9XNqsZyHmnk
MVPbuzzChat Episode 111 with Oleksandr Olashyn
Episode 111 of the #MVPbuzzChat series. Conversation between Microsoft Regional Director and MVP Christian Buckley (@buckleyplanet), Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC, and Business Applications MVP Oleksandr Olashya (@dancingwithcrm), a certified Dynamics 365 Architect and MCT with experience in CRM 2015 and Dynamics 365 for CE, and a CRM Architect with 3shape.
In this episode, Oleksandr and I joked about the "need" for more dance-centric development interfaces, but then talked extensively about how much of his time is focused on building out PowerApps Portals. We talk talked about some of the changes to the space, and how with the latest API advances, Microsoft has really expanded the capabilities of these portals. Oleksandr points out that while more development skills are needed to master the PowerApps Portals, the tools are more powerful than ever -- albeit pushing the limits of being considered "low code" solutions.
You can also watch this entire episode on the CollabTalk YouTube channel at https://youtu.be/z3AO0PZ5fgE