Sometimes it’s hard to believe just how quickly time flies by. At the tail end of last December, I announced that some big changes were coming for me – namely that I would be transitioning into something new from an employment perspective. Today is the last day of normal business in March 2013, and that means my time with Idera is at an end.
My last three years with Idera have been quite a whirlwind of activity. I feel very fortunate and am extremely thankful to Idera for the opportunities they’ve afforded me – especially over the last year in my role as their Chief SharePoint Evangelist. In that role, I was given the latitude to spend a significant chunk of my time focusing on an area that is very important to me personally: the SharePoint Community.
In thinking about my role and some of what I’ve done over the last three years, it occurred to me that it might be nice to summarize and link to some of the materials I assembled while at Idera. I’ve occasionally referenced these items in the past, but I don’t think I’ve ever tried to aggregate them into one post or in one place.
In the last half a year or so, my regular content generation efforts were being funneled to Idera’s SharePoint “Geek Stuff” blog. Here’s a table (with associated links) to the posts I’ve written:
|March 19, 2013||Plan Your SharePoint Farm Right with a SQL Server Alias|
|February 8, 2013||Do You Have a SharePoint Backup Strategy?|
|January 17, 2013||The Five Minute Cheat-Sheet on SharePoint 2013’s Distributed Cache Service|
|December 20, 2012||Why Administrators Will Giggle Like Schoolgirls About SharePoint 2013’s New App Model|
|November 20, 2012||Sean’s Thoughts on the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2012|
|October 19, 2012||Getting the Permissions Wired-Up Properly When Attaching a Content Database to a SharePoint Farm|
|September 21, 2012||Okay, Really – What Can I Do With a SharePoint Farm Configuration Database Backup?|
|August 24, 2012||Do I Really Need to Backup Up the SharePoint Root?|
|June 20, 2012||Interview with John Ferringer|
|June 8, 2012||TechEd – Why Should You Care?|
There was a point in the past when Idera was publishing a sort of newsletter called “SharePoint Smarts,” and I wrote a couple of articles for the newsletter before it eventually rode off into the sunset:
- The Importance of Consistency when Creating SharePoint Backups
- Quick Tips for Managing the SharePoint 2010 Office Web Apps’ Cache
Over the years, I’ve also written or co-authored a handful of whitepapers for Idera. At the time I’m writing this post, it appears that a couple of those whitepapers are still available:
- 10 Easy and Free Tricks To Get More Out of SharePoint’s Data Protection Toolset
- New Features in SharePoint 2010: A Disaster Recovery Love Story
And although it isn’t available just yet, sometime soon Idera will be releasing another whitepaper I wrote that had the working title of “SharePoint Caching Implementation Guide.” If that sounds at all interesting, keep an eye on the Whitepapers section of Idera’s Resources page.
Although I’m going to miss my friends at Idera and wish them the best of luck going forward, I’m very excited about some things I’ve got cooking – particularly with my new company!
A couple of months back, I launched Bitstream Foundry, LLC, with the intention of getting back into more hands-on SharePoint work. My intention is to focus initially on a combination of custom SharePoint development work and SharePoint App Store product development. In the past, I’ve been a “switch hitter” when it comes to SharePoint, and I’ve gone back and forth between development and administration roles fairly regularly. Although I’m not abandoning my admin “comrades in arms,” I have to admit that I tend to get the greatest enjoyment out of development work. Between custom solutions and App Model development, I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to keep myself busy.
Things are falling into place with the new company, as well. I applied for membership in Microsoft’s BizSpark program yesterday, and within hours I was accepted – much to my surprise. Why was I surprised? Well, my company website is (at the moment) being redirected to a “coming soon” page I put together on the new Microsoft Azure Web Sites offering. I’ve been waiting for an Office 365 tenant upgrade so that I can build out a proper site on SharePoint 2013, but the upgrade seems to be taking much longer than originally expected …
I also learned today that my application to get Bitstream Foundry listed in the SharePoint App Store was approved, so the way is paved for me to roll out Apps. Now I just need to write them!
One Thing That Won’t Change
Despite all of the recent changes, one aspect of my professional life that won’t be changing is my commitment to sharing with (and giving back to) the SharePoint community. My confidence in my current situation would probably be substantially lower if it weren’t for all of you – my (SharePoint) friends. Over the last several months, my belief in “professional karma” has been strongly reinforced. I’ve always tried to help those who’ve asked for my time and assistance, and I’ve seen that goodwill return to me as I’ve sought input and worked to figure out “what’s next.” To those of you who have offered advice, provided feedback, written endorsements/recommendations, and more, you have my most heartfelt thanks.
I love interacting with all of you, and I still get tremendous enjoyment out of blogging, speaking, teaching, and sharing with everyone in the SharePoint space. My “official” days as a full-time evangelist may be behind me, but that won’t really change anything for me going forward as far as community involvement goes. I’ll continue to answer emails, blog when I have information worth sharing, assemble tools/widgets, help organize events, and generally do what I can to help all of you as you’ve helped me. I’m also honored to be a part of several upcoming events, and I hope to see some of you when I’m “on tour.” If we haven’t met, please say hi and introduce yourself. Making new friends and connections is one of the most rewarding aspects of being out-and-about :-)
References and Resources
- Blog Post: Big Changes and Resolutions for 2013
- Company: Idera
- Yahoo! Finance: Press Release
- Idera: SharePoint Geek Stuff Blog
- Idera: Resources Page
- Microsoft: BizSpark
- Company Site: Bitstream Foundry, LLC
- Microsoft: Azure Web Sites
- Microsoft: Office 365 Enterprise E3
- Microsoft: SharePoint App Store
- SharePoint Interface: Events and Activities