From Monday, October 28 to Tuesday, October 29, members of the Canadian SharePoint community will gather in Vancouver for SharePoint Summit’s inaugural western edition, of which AvePoint is a proud Platinum Sponsor. Aiming to provide a unique environment for education and collaboration, SharePoint Summit attracts numerous decision makers, influential professionals and other SharePoint users each year. With registration numbers exceeding expectations and climbing daily, SharePoint Summit Vancouver has generated an astounding amount of enthusiasm – not only from western provinces, but from our neighbours in the United States as well!
Presenting one session each in the Introduction and Advanced tracks, Sacramento, CA native Michael Doyle (also known as the SharePoint Ninja) is no stranger to the Canadian SharePoint scene. Below, Michael tells us what drew him to the show, what to expect from his advanced session, and why he believes folks up north have SharePoint down pat.
Tell us about yourself!
Michael Doyle: I am currently a Senior Architect with Propoint Technology, a consulting company based in Northern California. I’ve been working with SharePoint on a day-to-day basis since around 2002. Currently, I am out at the California Lottery helping them get geared up for SharePoint 2013.
Will this be your first SharePoint Summit? As an American, what interested you in attending and speaking at this event?
MD: This will actually be my fourth SharePoint Summit. I love coming to Canada and hanging out with my SharePoint friends. Despite having a smaller population than the US, Canada has a very advanced SharePoint community. They don’t cut you any slack – you need to bring your “A-game” when you are presenting.
You’re delivering two sessions at SharePoint Summit Vancouver, one of which is a primer for the 70-332 (Advanced Solutions for SharePoint Server 2013) exam. Why did you feel this was an important topic to present?
MD: My session on the exam 70-332 is one that brings special meaning to me. I just had my Microsoft Press book come out for that test in June and I am looking forward to helping other people pass that exam. Plus, it helps me show the features of SharePoint 2013 to people who might not otherwise get a chance to see them.
What are you looking forward to most about SharePoint Summit Vancouver?
MD: My favorite thing about the SharePoint Summit is getting to hang out with all the awesome Canadian SharePoint people. The attendees are some of the best I have encountered. They are really passionate about what they do and they are on top of their game. I always learn something when I go to the Summit and am always happy I went.
Be sure to catch Michael’s sessions “Unleashing the Power of BI in SharePoint 2013” and “70-332: Advanced Solutions for SharePoint 2013 Primer” at SharePoint Summit Vancouver!