Speaking in Barcelona and Munich

The list of SharePoint Saturdays in Europe continues to grow beyond imagination. Just a few years ago, there were SharePoint Saturdays in the UK, Belgium and the Netherlands and that was about it. Over the last 2 years many new events have seen the light of day: Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Jersey and Italy.

All these events are being organized by active community members who speak themselves at numerous events throughout Europe and the rest of the world. It’s nice to see that the enthusiasm is spreading fast and more and more speakers want to organize an event in their home country.

I’m therefore very happy to be invited to two new events happening in a couple of months: SharePoint Saturday Barcelona, organized by Edin Kapić and SharePoint Saturday Munich, organized by Matthias Einig.

For the first time, I’m co-presenting a session with someone else. In Munich, I will deliver a session on SharePoint Search together with my buddy Elio Struyf – will be fun!

SharePoint Saturday Barcelona – September 26, 2015

Running Provider Hosted Add-Ins  On-Premises

Level: 300 – Track: IT Pro

Setting up your on-premises SharePoint farm to run SharePoint Hosted Add-Ins only involves battling with the network admins to get your dedicated Add-In domain and running a bit of PowerShell to get your service applications ready. Once you’ve fought that fight you can lean back and let your users download and run Add-Ins from the SharePoint store or even upload Add-Ins a developer created for you. All is good, until the inevitable day arrives that they want to use Provider Hosted Add-Ins. Why? Because they’re cool: you can run your Add-In on any platform, use any fancy framework you like and use whatever language you want. Developers like that kind of freedom. This session will show you how to prepare your on-premises SharePoint 2013 farm to run Provider Hosted Add-Ins.

SharePoint Saturday Munich – October 10, 2015

An IT Pro and a developer walk into a bar – SharePoint Search happy hour

Level: 200 – Track: IT Pro, Developer

Out of the box, SharePoint Search is pretty good. But do you know what it takes to bring your users’ search experience to the next level? This session will present you with an all-you-can-eat menu of smaller and bigger tweaks to your search engine. From setting up and scaling the infrastructure needed – with a bit of hybrid sprinkled on top – to mixing the right cocktail of user interface tweaks and optimizations to get your users actually *using* search. Developers and administrators unite to create a better search engine!

2014 Community Activities Wrap-Up

Yours truly at the MVP Summit. Silence before the storm.

Yours truly at the MVP Summit. Silence before the storm.

Last weekend I drove to Hinckley in the UK with my buddy Elio Struyf to present a session at SharePoint Saturday UK 2014. Once again it was a very nice event with a great atmosphere and a lot of opportunities to catch up with old friends. It also marked the end of a very busy year as far as my speaking engagements was concerned.

I delivered 15 talks at 12 events throughout Europe and online. Top that off with my first MVP Summit – the only conference I went to where I did not have to present a session but where I had many very interesting discussions too.

Here’s the list of where you could bump into me this year:

  • SharePoint Saturday Stockholm, January 25
  • SP24 Conference, April 16
  • SharePoint Saturday Belgium, April 26
  • SharePoint Saturday Netherlands, May 24
  • SharePoint Saturday Oslo, May 31
  • SharePoint for the IT Pro Moscow, June 4
  • ITProceed Antwerp, June 12
  • SharePoint Saturday Jersey, September 27
  • Xylos Technology Day Brussels, October 3
  • Microsoft Partner Tech Leuven, October 10
  • SharePoint Connect Amsterdam, November 18
  • SharePoint Saturday UK, November 29

I already have some conferences planned for 2015 too:

  • SharePoint Saturday Stockholm, February 14
  • SharePoint Evolution Conference, April 19-22

As always, my full speaking agenda can be found here.

Additionally, I also joined the BIWUG board last week – Belgium’s SharePoint & Office365 related User Group. A few years ago, these guys got me into public speaking in the first place so it’s very nice to join their ranks and work together to organize some awesome events. SharePoint Saturday Belgium will be back this year, we are hoping to announce the date in a few weeks.

Speaking at SharePoint Saturday UK 2014

I’ve been going to SharePoint Saturday UK since 2012, when it was still in Nottingham. Great content, great speakers and a great atmosphere. As a plus, it enables me to stay in touch with many friends in the UK SharePoint community – who I typically only see a few times a year. Last year Brett, Tony and Mark gave me the opportunity to speak and so will I be doing again this year.

I’m delivering my talk on setting up the required infrastructure to use SharePoint Hosted Apps on-premises:

SharePoint Apps for the IT Pro – What you need to know

Level: 200
Track: IT Professional

By now, every SharePoint IT Pro is probably aware of the fact that Full Trust Code (aka the farm solution) is not cool anymore. We can’t really say that we regret Microsoft’s choice for the new App model: On far too many occasions we had to watch our beloved and carefully nurtured SharePoint farm go down because some developer type messed up big time – “But it works on my machine!” Running code outside of SharePoint that can still interact with content within SharePoint sounds trivial at first but it absolutely isn’t. In this session you’ll learn how to prepare your infrastructure to run SharePoint Hosted apps reliably.


SharePoint Saturday UK 2014 is held in the Hinckley Island Hotel in Hinckley (Leicestershire) on November 29, 2014.

Registration has opened on the event website. If you’re looking for a room at the venue, there’s a nice autumn promotion going on at the moment.

Renewed as a SharePoint Server MVP

Like many of my colleagues in the SharePoint community, October 1st is the day I put all my rules about reading email aside: MVP renewal day! As this was my first renewal, it was extra special seeing the “Number of awards” on my profile page increase to 2. It’s official: I’m not a newbie anymore.

First and foremost I really want to thank my employer Xylos for supporting my community activities in such a fantastic way. I’m privileged to work for a company that not only values my contributions to the worldwide SharePoint community but also actively supports them in a way that not many companies would.

Looking back at the events I presented at this year also makes me want to thank all my friends in the SharePoint community for having me speak at their events and for being such an awesome bunch altogether. And of course I also want to thank my wife and daughters for putting up with all these trips.

A special thank you goes out to the organizers and fellow speakers of all events I did in the last 12 months:

  • SQL Server Days Belgium
  • SharePoint Saturday UK
  • SharePoint Saturday Stockholm
  • SP24 Conference
  • SharePoint Saturday Belgium
  • SharePoint Saturday Netherlands
  • SharePoint Saturday Oslo
  • SharePoint 2013 for the IT Pro Moscow
  • ITPROceed Belgium
  • SharePoint Saturday Jersey

In a few weeks I’ll be going on my first MVP Summit. I’m pretty excited about going, especially because it’s my first trip to the States – No, I never made it to the SharePoint Conference unfortunately. The Summit itself is under strict NDA so I won’t be discussing much in public however.