Speakers

  • Bill Wilder

    Azure MVP, Boston Azure Founder, CTO Finomial

    Bill Wilder is a cloud computing veteran focused on security, architecture for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. He is CTO at Finomial, providing SaaS solutions to the global hedge fund industry from the public cloud. Bill is recognized by Microsoft as an 8-time Azure MVP awardee for his cloud expertise and community leadership. He is the author of Cloud Architecture Patterns (O’Reilly Media, 2012), co-author of two Azure training classes (CloudAcademy.com, 2017), and founder of Boston Azure (bostonazure.org, 2009).

  • Bob German

    Developing for the future of SharePoint today

    Bob German is Principal Architect at BlueMetal Architects, where he leads SharePoint architecture and development engagements for enterprise customers. Bob has been developing on the SharePoint platform since it was called “Site Server”, and is a Microsoft MVP for Office Development. Over the last few years, Bob has demonstrated "future-proof" client side solutions that allow code reuse from legacy SharePoint to the Add-in model and the forthcoming SharePoint Framework. Prior to joining BlueMetal, Bob was an architect at the Microsoft Technology Center in Boston, MA; he also worked for Microsoft Consulting Services building and performance tuning web sites and other networking solutions.

  • Brian Alderman

    Microsoft MVP, MCT, Author, Speaker

    Brian Alderman is a Microsoft MVP, and since 1995 he has held several Microsoft certifications that currently include; MCT, MCSE for SharePoint, MCSA for Office 365, MCITP for SQL Server(R), MCSA and MCSE for Windows Server(R), and also his PMP certification. As a Senior Technical Instructor and Consultant he has 30 years of experience in networking, SQL Server databases, SharePoint technologies, and project management. Brian's publications include Windows 2000 Professional, SQL Server 2000 Administration, SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Companion and Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Administration Inside Out. He is an active speaker at SharePoint Industry conferences including SharePoint Saturday's, SPLive, DevIntersection, SharePoint Fest, Microsoft Ignite and several international SharePoint conferences including London, Milan, and Madrid. Brian has a BS and MS in Computer Information Systems where he graduated summa cum laude from Regis University of Colorado Springs and now lives in Scottsdale, AZ where he enjoys playing golf year round and traveling around the world.

  • Chris Bortlik

    Collaboration Solution Architect, Microsoft

    Chris Bortlik works at Microsoft as a Collaboration Solution Architect. He works at the Boston Microsoft Technology Center with customers and partners in a technical role primarily on Office 365, SharePoint, Yammer, Teams, Office, and EMS. Chris is a SharePoint Insider and Office 365 Ranger within Microsoft and works closely with various product teams. He holds the SharePoint 2010 MCITP/MCTS and Office 365 MCSA certifications. Chris speaks frequently at Microsoft events (including the SharePoint Conference, TechEd, and Ignite) and has also spoken at numerous other events and user group meetings including being the featured keynote speaker at SharePoint Fest and SharePoint Live! He is a contributing author of the "Essential SharePoint 2010" book and a coauthor of the “Essential SharePoint 2013” book. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2008, Chris was a customer for 14 years working in technical IT architect, development and management roles–primarily leading .NET and SharePoint related projects.

  • Chris McNulty

    Sr. Product Manager / RMVP

    Chris McNulty is a Sr. Product Manager for SharePoint and Office 365 at Microsoft. Chris’s experience as CTO includes Dell Software, Quest, and Cryptzone. He was first recognized as a SharePoint MVP in 2013, and led the SharePoint consulting practice at KMA, a Boston based Microsoft Gold Partner. A frequent speaker at events around the globe, Chris is the author of the “SharePoint 2013 Consultant’s Handbook” among other works. He also blogs at http://www.chrismcnulty.net/blog Chris holds an MBA from Boston College in Investment Management and has over twenty years’ experience in financial services technology with John Hancock, State Street, GMO and Santander.

  • David Feldman

    Office Services and Services MVP

    Dave is an Office Servers and Services MVP and Associate Director of Collaboration at Shire focused on SharePoint and Office 365. In this role, he is responsible for leadership and technical direction of Intranet and Collaboration platforms for a 25K+ employee global biotechnology company. A technical leader, solution architect, and developer with more than 20 years of experience working with Microsoft technologies, Dave has spent the past ten years dedicated to SharePoint and Business Intelligence. From the largest enterprise customers to small businesses, Dave believes in understanding the business problem or opportunity then driving solutions through deep technical understanding and user focused design. Dave is the author of "Developing Business Intelligence Apps for SharePoint." by O’Reilly Press and frequently speaks about SharePoint and Business Intelligence around the world.

  • Jared Matfess

    Solution Principal, Slalom Consulting

    Jared is a Solution Principal working for Slalom Consulting, a Microsoft Managed Partner providing national Business & IT solutions headquartered in Seattle, Washington. He is a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP), and has over a decade of experience building technical solutions, and solving business problems. He is a regular speaker at user groups & SharePoint Saturdays all up and down the East Coast. Jared is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) in the Office Servers and Services category. He can be reached through his blog or on Twitter (@jaredmatfess).

  • Jason Himmelstein

    American by birth, Texan by choice, whisky drinker by the grace of Scotland

    Jason Himmelstein is a SharePoint Server MVP & ITPro Solutions Architect with more than 18 years of experience working with Microsoft and related technologies. With a passion for technology, Jason has spent the past 8 years dedicated to SharePoint, becoming a recognized expert in the field. Jason has successfully architected solutions for up to 120,000 users and maintains an active speaking schedule, addressing conferences in the United States & Canada. Over the past 4 years Jason has broadened his horizons to include Azure & Office 365 and in May 2015 he joined Rackspace as the Office 365 Advisory Services Manager. Jason is the author of the O’Reilly book “Developing Business Intelligence Apps for SharePoint”. He also is one of the organizers of multiple SharePoint Users Groups and SharePoint Saturdays, BIFocal podcast co-host, and the SharePoint/Office 365 Track Chair for several national conferences. Outside of this crazy working world he is a happily married father of 2 boys, a die-hard Texas Longhorns and San Antonio Spurs fan.

  • Jeff Fried

    CTO (Chief Troublemaking Officer)

    Jeff Fried is a long-standing search and SharePoint nerd, with particular focus on search-driven applications, text analytics, and Office 365. Jeff is CTO of BA Insight, and previously served as product manager for Microsoft’s enterprise search products, as VP at FAST search, and as SVP Products at NLP vendor LingoMotors.   He is a frequent speaker and writer, has published over 50 technical papers, and has co-authored several books including Professional SharePoint 2013 Development.

  • Jeff Willinger

    Chief Inspiration Officer

    Jeff Willinger is a Microsoft MVP. He is an internationally recognized online influencer, analyst, and expert on all things web collaboration, enterprise social networking, and enterprise IT strategy and has been named one of the top SharePoint, Office 365 personalities in the world. He specializes in advising clients on creating the digital workplace and enterprise software strategies, collaborative intranets and portals, mobile and increasing employee engagement and involvement. With experience spanning more than two decades, he is an internationally recognized speaker and expert in all CMS solutions and is a technology and business evangelist with deep expertise in user experience, information architecture, enterprise content management, and web 2.0 technology strategy. A character with character, he is the President and Founder of the Social Media Club of Chicago, and serves as Executive Vice President for Business Marketing Association.

  • Joanne Klein

    SharePoint and Office 365 Consultant

    Joanne is a SharePoint and Office 365 Consultant who attributes her professional success to sharing her enthusiasm, technical expertise and real-world SharePoint and O365 experience with organizations. She’s spent the past decade working with SharePoint versions 2007 thru 2013 as well as SharePoint Online in O365. Her specialties include O365 adoption, SharePoint information architecture and management, search and solution design which allows her to help organizations get the most out of their SharePoint/O365 investments. She is a newly appointed Office Servers and Services MVP and has delivered numerous sessions in Canada, the United States and Europe. Joanne is on the leadership team for the Saskatchewan SharePoint/O365 User Group and is an avid supporter of the Microsoft technical communities at large. 

  • Marc D Anderson

    President | Sympraxis Consulting LLC

    Marc is the Co-Founder and President of Sympraxis Consulting LLC, located in the Boston suburb of Newton, MA, USA. Sympraxis focuses on enabling collaboration throughout the enterprise using the SharePoint application platform. Marc has over 30 years of experience in technology professional services and software development. Over a wide-ranging career in consulting as well as line manager positions, Marc has proven himself as a problem solver and leader who can solve difficult technology problems for organizations across a wide variety of industries and organization sizes. Marc is the developer of the jQuery Library for SharePoint Web Services (SPServices) and The SPXSLT Codeplex Project. He is a repeat recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for SharePoint Server (2011-2017).

  • Seb Matthews

    Consultant, Traveller, Investor, Singer, Pour Speller.

    Seb Matthews is a consultant, entrepreneur and community supporter with over 20 years’ experience working with organizations of all shapes and sizes to get the very best out of Microsoft technologies. Over the last 5 years, he has founded several technology companies providing consultancy, implementation and Cloud services and sits on the board of a number of tech start-ups in an advisory capacity. When not being entrepreneurial, Seb continues to hone his technical skills providing consulting services to some of Microsoft’s largest customers that are looking to utilize Microsoft technologies in Cloud and Big Data scenarios. Fortunate to be a frequent speaker at conferences, in the community and at vendor events, Seb is an enthusiastic and active member of the Microsoft community in Europe, Africa and the USA.

  • Chris Kent

    SharePoint Practice Lead, DMI

    Chris Kent is an O365 Developer and Architect currently serving as the SharePoint Practice Lead for DMI. His experience spans across multiple platforms, industries, languages, and approaches. Chris is a contributor to SharePoint Patterns and Practices (PnP) and is especially focused on the SharePoint Framework. He is passionate about mapping technology to real-world solutions. Chris is a highly-rated speaker and has presented at user groups, SharePoint Saturdays, webinars, and conferences. Every session focuses on practical advice and takeaways. He also posts regularly to his blog, thechriskent.com.

  • David Broussard

    Portals and O365 Evangelist

    David Broussard has been working with SharePoint for over a decade now. His focus has increasingly been on how to drive user adoption and how to focus on business solutions that leverage SharePoint and other platforms. He is a Portals and Office 365 Evangelist for Catapult Systems.

  • David Lozzi

    Solution Architect, Slalom

    David Lozzi has been in the SharePoint space for over 10 years, focusing on building reliable business solutions on SharePoint and Office 365. David is also a co-founder of the Boston Office 365 User Group.

  • David Opdendries

    SharePoint Architect | Trainer (MCT) | Developer

    I’m a Canadian developer and teacher who's been living in Sweden for about 15 years now. I worked with SharePoint since the early days in 2005. I am an MCT and teach a technical university course that delivers the next generation of SharePoint developers to Gothenburg, Sweden. I am a technical enthusiast and always strive to keep both my students and myself up-to-date with the latest changes in technology, with a focus on Office 365 development as well as the Azure Stack.

  • David Patrick

    MCT, MCSD, MCSE

    Dave has been developing database applications for over 25 years. An MCT since 2001, he has taught many classes from Intro to Visual Interdev to Advanced SharePoint Development. Dave attained MVP status in 2009-2010 and runs four user groups, the Maryland and Pennsylvania Microsoft Developers User Group, www.mapamdug.com, MAD SharePoint, www.madsharepoint.com, the Mid Atlantic Cybersecurity Experts MeetUp, www.meetup.com/MACEME, and the Baltimore Cloud Meetup, www.meetup.com/Baltimore-Cloud. Dave does SharePoint training and development for DSA, Inc., a DoD contractor that does great work for the Army over at Aberdeen Proving Ground. Dave has a bunch of certifications, including the new MCSD SharePoint Apps Developer, the MSCE for SharePoint, and even the old MCP DEAD certification.

  • David Pileggi

    It's Pro Time!

    David has been working with SharePoint for just over 12 years now. Starting as a SharePoint administrator for a large healthcare conglomerate, then moving into the consulting space. He has spoken at many different engagements on the speaking circuit since 2009. He has an interesting background working at Disney, Universal Studios and as an actor for a period of time making him... unique! Be sure to stop him and say hello!

  • Dimitri Ayrapetov

    Digital Partner @ TrnDigital

    Dimitri Ayrapetov is a Digital Partner with TrnDigital. He comes with over 10 years of consulting experience working with SharePoint, Office 365, and related technologies. Throughout his career he has led and executed over a dozen enterprise-scale migration projects including one of the largest migrations to Office 365.

  • Jim Wilcox

    The Granite State Hacker

    It’s not that Jim has no time for sports. It’s that, in his mind, the technology world has plenty of teams (vendors, platforms, tools, and APIs) to track information on and to root for. A tech blogger and community leader from New Hampshire, Jim is known in the community as The Granite State Hacker.

  • Joe McShea

    Senior Software Architect | IntelliPoint Solutions LLC

    Joe McShea is an independent SharePoint consultant and founder of IntelliPoint Solutions LLC in northern Virginia. He has been developing enterprise software solutions using the Microsoft stack for over 20 years and focusing on collaborative and content-driven applications on SharePoint/Office 365 since 2007. He is the author of SPEasyForms, an open source No Code Sandbox Solution for SharePoint 2010/2013/2016 and SharePoint Online available on CodePlex. SPEasyForms is a GUI form builder that allows non-developers to apply jQueryUI constructs like tabs and accordions, plus conditional visibility for fields, cascading drop downs, and more to OOTB SharePoint forms through a drag and drop browser based user interface.

  • Jonathan Ralton

    Senior Information Architect, BlueMetal

    A Microsoft Certified Professional, Jonathan is an experienced business analyst and consultant who has been working with Microsoft’s SharePoint platform since 2005. While more of an integrator and configurator than developer, he excels most often with clients in bridging the gap between their business problems and the feature-laden SharePoint “Swiss Army knife.” He has a penchant for orchestrating robust information architectures, and has solved many information management challenges across multiple industries. In addition to a well-developed technical acumen, Jonathan also possesses a flair for the creative. He regularly incorporates design and marketing experience into his work including the areas of user experience, interaction design, and usability. Boston-born, raised, and schooled, he earned his B.S. in Information Technology from Northeastern University, graduating Summa Cum Laude.

  • Julie Turner

    Principal Architect, MVP

    Julie has been building software on primarily the Microsoft platform for over 20 years. With a degree in Electrical Engineering specializing in microprocessor system design from Worcester Polytechnic Institute she came at software initially from a very low level but quickly realized a love and aptitude for developing rich user experiences and solutions. She worked her way up through internal IT ranks reaching a Director of IT position before realizing more impact could be made in consulting and really focused in on the SharePoint platform in 2007. Since then her focus has been on the SharePoint platform, Office 365, Azure, and client side development. She's the co-author of the Widget Wrangler JavaScript library and continues to try and help innovate SharePoint and Office 365 solutions for her clients. She is a 2017 recipient of the Microsoft MVP award for Office Servers and Services.

  • Mary Harvey

    Principal Architect at Lighthouse Computer Services

    Mary is currently a principal architect with Lighthouse Computer Services. She has been a Microsoft Developer for over 20 years working primarily in the areas of Web Application Development, Enterprise Document Management, and eCommerce. She has worked extensively with SharePoint since its early days as SharePoint Team Services using it as a platform for collaboration, Intranets, Extranets, Public Web Sites with WCM, and custom applications

  • Matt Jimison

    DMI, Director of Platform Solutions

    Matt Jimison is an Enterprise Architect from Indianapolis, IN, that specializes in Office 365. He is dedicated to helping customers maximize their investment on the Office 365 stack, as well as improving speed to value and employee productivity. Matt has worked with a multitude of Enterprise customers over the last 14 years, helping them architect and deliver solutions to their business, and brings with him a Bachelors degree in Computer Graphics, and an emphasis on user-centered design.

  • Matthew J. Bailey

    Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), MCSE, MCSA & MCP

    Matthew J. Bailey is a is a Microsoft Certified Trainer for Noteworthy Technology Training specializing in SharePoint, Office 365, Azure & Power BI. He is certified as a MCT, MCSE, MCP & MCSA. Utilizing a mixture of consulting experience at major corporations with teaching, he loves to share skills learned as a SharePoint Business Analyst, Administrator, Trainer & Developer obtained from over 10 years of working with Microsoft technologies. He enjoys speaking at conferences, from Ignite to local community events and user groups, and is an avid blogger, author, and creator of training materials.

  • Mike Dixon

    Making Office 365 work for you.

    With more than 20 years of IT experience, Mike Dixon is one of the Boston area’s leading experts in Microsoft Office 365. Dixon is passionate about creating positive user experiences that lead to higher adoption rates, increasing both productivity and ROI. He believes the way to achieve these goals is through user involvement at all stages of any new technology project and in-depth training for everyone. He is one of the founders and chief organizers of the Boston Office 365 User Group, a community focused on sharing knowledge around Office 365’s ever-growing, always-changing suite of technologies. Dixon’s company, Wellington Street Consulting, provides organizations, from startups to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, with both cloud-based and on-premises IT solutions that improve productivity and user experience while reducing cost. Wellington has earned the Microsoft Silver competency level in Small and Midmarket Cloud Solutions.

  • Mike Gilronan

    Founder, Collacrity LLC

    Mike has lived at the intersection of knowledge management, project management, and financial management over his whole career, and has been working with SharePoint as a consultant, project manager, and practice lead since 2006. Mike has worked with over well over 100 New England-based organizations on their SharePoint initiatives, along with other Microsoft technologies. As a "recovering" CPA and PMP, he brings a business user perspective to his SharePoint work, and is passionate about how information workers collaborate.

  • Mike Oryszak

    Managing Director

    A SharePoint consultant, author, and frequent speaker at community and industry conference events. Previously a 5x Microsoft SharePoint Server MVP (2010-2014) and actively involved both online and throughout the United States.

  • Mikko Koskinen

    Consultant, Slalom

    Mikko is working as a Consultant at Digital Experience Management team in Slalom Boston. He has more than ten years of experience as a developer and architect with Microsoft technologies. SharePoint has been his focus since the early days of 2007 version. With Office 365 he has been building Intranets and portals since the beginning of Office 365 era. Besides coding with modern web technologies, Mikko is eager to work with his clients IT Pros and end users and help them to use and learn the Microsoft collaboration tools. After all, no matter how beautiful the code is it doesn't matter if nobody knows how to use the solution.

  • Nicholas Bisciotti

    Director of Information MA and Product DV

    As the Director of Information Management and Product Development and Quantech Services, Nicholas is responsible for the company’s information management strategy as well as the design, development, implementation, training, and support of business intelligence and productivity solutions.

  • Paul Swider

    RealActivity

    Paul J. Swider is a veteran international speaker and the CTO of RealActiivity an organization focused on improving healthcare. He has over 25 years of proven enterprise software architecture and business experience. Paul is an accomplished author of several books including the “Wrox Professional Development using SharePoint 2013” book and has been listed as number 13 on the top influencer in SharePoint annual list. He is based from the island of Puerto Rico where he enjoys diving and occasionally gets to chase the tides and winds as an avid boater and sailor.

  • Sean Regan

    SharePoint Consultant

    Sean has been developing solutions using SharePoint and Office 365 for over ten years, and has led projects at a number of local pharmaceutical, tech and financial companies.

  • Thomas Daly [MVP]

    SharePoint Developer & Brander

    Thomas Daly - is the Lead SharePoint Branding/UI developer @ B&R Business Solutions. He specializes in implementing custom SharePoint branding as well as delivering custom UI solutions. He is an expert in web technologies and highly proficient in many languages including C#, JavaScript, jQuery, CSS, XSLT. His educational background is composed of a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering. Tom is also heavily involved in the SharePoint community speaking on branding at community events. He currently runs the Central Jersey SharePoint & Office 365 User Group at Microsoft - Iselin, NJ as well as the SharePoint Saturday New York & New Jersey.

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