Slides from SharePoint Evolution Conference


I always enjoy presenting and having done three presentation at the recent SharePoint Evolution Conference, it has left be buzzing and look forward to speak to more people soon.


Managing Security and Permission in SharePoint: Level 100


Next Generation Portals in Office 365: Level 100


Office 365 Groups Deep Dive



BFC Networks to Sponsor EduGeek


BFC Networks are delighted to start working with EduGeek by sponsoring the newly created Windows 10 forum.

EduGeek is a growing community for Education Technology workers ranging from IT Coordinators, IT Managers and technical support staff in schools and colleges around the world. With BFC Networks increase the number of users across the country and world we feel it time to help support such a great community

When asking our Managing Director Alex Pearce he said

“Over the past 10 years of working in the education space both directly for Schools, BSF and now BFC Networks, EduGeek has always been a key community to me and have always tried to do my part in the for it’s members.  When an opportunity to sponsor EduGeek and the Windows 10 forum I wanted us to jump at this opportunity which we did hope this becomes a long term opportunity.  I hope this is a long term relationship with the leadership team and members so all get to benefit.  I’m a geek at heart and a EduGeek at that.”


I’m Speaking at SharePoint Evolution Roadshow & Education Discount


I’m always felt very proud to be part of Combined Knowledge’s Evolution Conference but this year is different with a 12 day/city tour across the UK and Ireland.  This year I’m speaking at 4 of the Cities which are

Birmingham 12th June
Nottingham 13th June
Manchester 16th June
Leeds 17th June

During the tour there 3 different sessions that I’ll be talking about including, Social features  in Office 365, Collaboration in Office 365 and also OneDrive in Office 365.

Education Discount

If you use the code evoinvite2014 this will give you a 20% discount on the price bring it down to £100.  A great price for a single days training on Office 365 and SharePoint.

Take a look at the site, agenda and speakers over on the SharePoint Evolution Conference website.


Why this SharePoint Conference is the best yet! #spc14


As the IT industry is changing and moving to cloud based services and Office 365, there is a new type of learning for IT Pro and developers around cloud services and the first place you will see this is at the SharePoint Conference 2014.

Over the last 20 years Microsoft have committed to releasing a new version of most of their products every 3 years, adding more features, service and something new to learn.  Supported by Microsoft Learning and training suppliers this has helped with publishing book, release of documentation and conferences where the new technology is introduced by a round of cheers and caps from the audience.  With the last 4 SharePoint Conferences being every 18 months apart we have seen them as a major conference (where we expect to see the new release) to a minor conference where we see more about how users are implementing the new version, best practise and speaking to customer who have already moved to the new platform.

I realised a few months ago attending a Microsoft conference that this SharePoint Conference isn’t what the trend says and isn’t a minor conference because you won’t see something new!

Office 365 brings the SharePoint Conference to a new level!  We know from the Office 365 blog that the cloud service is being updated every 90 days but we are seeing features added more frequently than that with updates to Exchange and SharePoint either side of Christmas.

So where is the best place to hear about these updates?  Well of course it is the SharePoint Conference, where else are you going to hear directly from Microsoft on their roadmap for all services in Office 365, what updates are and what their thinking is and roadmap moving forward for those features.

To me this makes me want the SharePoint Conference more often as these updates are happening every few months and adding value to the services we offer through Office 365.

If you aren’t attending #SPC14 this time round, hopefully this will help to encourage you to come all the SharePoint Conferences in the future and for those who are attending – look forward to seeing you there.

I'm Speaking at SharePoint Conference 2014 #spc14


I’m really pleased to have been accepted as a speaker at the upcoming Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas in March 2014.

Speaking with Alan Crawford from Shireland Collegiate Academy, we will be presenting on two main parts, the migration of their current 2007 portal to Office 365 and also how the school are using Office 365 Education in the classroom and across the establishment.

You can read the full extract of the session here

Shireland Collegiate Academy: moving from private cloud to Office 365 for Edu


#SPSUK Slide deck: Understanding the Office 365 Architecture


It has been a great pleasure since 2010 when the UK hosted its first SharePoint Saturday to be able to present at this community event.

This year I was able to present in the new Cloud track and started the day of sessions of talking about the Office 365 Architecture.  Thank you to the 40+ people who attending my session and I hope you found the time relevant and it helps with your deployment of Office 365.

Microsoft SharePoint MVP for 2013


July 1st is always one of those days I don’t look forward to as I sit by the computer waiting to hear from Microsoft if I have been award MVP for that year.  But come 4pm (UK time) the email comes to say that I have been award SharePoint MVP 2013.

To be awarded once is a really honour be this is my 6th in a row and I can only thank you for the privilege and for those who read the articles on the blog.

I hope that over the coming year that my community efforts really help you to understand Office 365, Office 365 Education and how Microsoft tools can be used in Education.

I have a whole new bunch of ideas for the next 12 months and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.



I’m Speaking at SharePoint Evolution Conference 2013


It’s always a pleasure to be able to speak about Office 365 and how it can be used and I’m delighted to be speaking and the SharePoint Evolution Conference run by Combined Knowledge.  This year, like it has for many years it is hosted at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London just over the road from Westminster Abbey.

This year I’ll be talking about Office 365 and some of the deployment scenarios we have been through at BFC Networks including an 80,000 deployment with Office 365 with the 2010 wave technologies as well what’s new in 2013 and how things have changed for us as we gear up from deployment to over 800,000 users.

For those who are education establishment such as schools, colleges or universities there is a 20% discount code which is educationevo2013.  Register here:

I look forward to seeing you are the conference and also in my session on the Wednesday.

SPSUK: Slides Planning for SharePoint 2013 in our 2010 Project


Its was a pleasure to be able to present at the UK SharePoint Saturday in December 2012 and have people come and listen to this subject.

I decided to talk about the differences as I know there are many companies still planning to deploy SharePoint 2010 and all of a sudden 2013 is now here but there are a few things that we can do now in 2010 that will help us and that is what this session was all about.

Thanks to those who came and listened