updated from 2022-01-22
I am thrilled to announce I was selected to speak at this year’s Microsoft 365 Conference in Las Vegas on April 30th-May 5. This is always one of the premier conferences, with a large supporting cast from Microsoft and the MVP community. I am really looking forward to connecting with attendees and learning how they are using Microsoft technology to make the world better.
I recently took the certification renewal appraisal and passed! This used to be the certification earned with the passing of MS-600 exam titled “Building Applications and Solutions with Microsoft 365 Core Services.” The certification was orignially called the “Microsoft 365 Developer Associate” certification, but is now called “Microsoft 365 Certified: Teams Application Developer Associate.”
Originally, I heard that recertifications would be via an exam that was just like the original exam, but not as long.
I am so exited to announce that I will be traveling to Slovenia this May as a speaker at the Thrive Conference! I will be presenting a session on “Custom List Formatting.”
Thrive is not as well known as some of the bigger conferences in Europe, but it has an amazing reputation for being a smaller conference where interactions with the speakers and sponsors are much easier to arrange.
Wow! After several attempts, I was finally selected to speak at this year’s European Collaboration Summit (ECS) in Düsseldorf, Germany! This is considered by many to be the premier conference on Microsoft 365 and relate technologies and I have wanted to attend or speak for several years. (Full disclosure, I was selected to co-present in 2021, but Covid-19 caused the conference to be cancelled.)
At ECS, I will be presenting a session titled “Simplify SharePoint Development with Containers”.
Last week, I had the privilege of doing a live demo during the bi-weekly “Viva Connections & SharePoint Framework” community call hosted by Microsoft. This was my first time presenting in one of these calls, so I was a little nervous, but once the lights are on, all nerves disappear and there is no other option but to press on.
The topic I chose to demonstrate was “Upgrading SPFx solutions to the latest version using the CLI for Microsoft 365.
I recently had the opportunity to join the crew from Community Cloudcast to discuss the true cost of moving to the cloud. Normally, the show has three hosts: Eric Shupps, Jason Himmelstein, and Paul McCollum.
Unfortunately, Jason and Paul were not available, so Eric and I tackled the subject on our own. As always, discussions with Eric are very informative, as well as entertaining. You can watch the entire webcast below.
In just under 2 months (May 9-13, 2022), I have the opportunity to present several sessions the the Microsoft 365 EduCon Conference. I’m really excited to join this conference as we move back to more in-person events. As I have stated many times, I think the real value in conferences is networking at all levels: Business Partners, Speakers, Vendors, as well as fellow professionals and enthusiasts. Content is awesome, but meeting people that you can contact after the conference is key to advancing your skills and professional development.
This will be short, since I can’t talk about details without getting in trouble. Microsoft hosts an annual Hackathon for their employees and this year, for the first time, they allowed MVPs and RDs to participate. Since I had never participated in a Hackathon before, I was eager to see what the experience was like.
One of the biggest challenges was just picking which project(s) you want to be a part of.