Looking back to the old year I must say it was the most challenging year in my life so far. There were great times and there were bad times. Before I can provide an outlook for the new year. Let’s take a look back at some of the most enjoyable moments.
2014 – Conferences, People and Blog Posts
Two times Stockholm and Sweden, first time in New York, back to Las Vegas, summer in Barcelona. This was actually one travels I did in the old years and I enjoyed every trip. I met a lot of great new and well known people on those trips.
The only thing I am really sorry about that I couldn’t come to the war room of SP24. Instead, I was awake for 24 hours and supported the team from a remote. I am really proud I was part of the team that make this all possible. I especially like to thank Mark Jones for inviting me to be part of the team, my other team mates, the speakers and anchors and all the people that watch those great sessions.
Sadly, I haven’t had that much time and mood to blog much in 2015. Here are some of my favorite blog posts of the last year:
- Future of SharePoint branding
- Case study how to use same master page in Office 365 and on-premises
- How to use: Table of Content – jQuery Plugin
- Typography First – Make your SharePoint content readable and compelling
- Bulk update SharePoint User Profiles in Office 365
2015 – A new beginning
The second half of 2014 was quite challenging for me and I recapped what I’ve accomplished so far and where I want to go. By the end of 2014 I quitted my job to work on my own and start my own business.
I will still continue to do a lot of stuff in 2015 based on SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure. On those platforms I will focus more than ever before on user experience and design, as well as web development. Another thing that i’m really interested in is to bridge the gap between the physical and the virtual worlds.
I also struggled with my effort for the community and thought about stop blogging.
Finally, what I found out after all those considerations, I won’t stop blogging and will invest effort in the global community of SharePoint and Office 365. The reason for that is simple. I really like being and stay connected with all my people and friends I found over the last years. You are all great out there.
Traveling and Speaking
To stay in touch with all of you I will be traveling this year again to some conferences. The dates that are currently fixed are:
- Saturday, February 14, 2015 – [SharePoint Saturday Stockholm](http://www.spsevents.org/city/Stockholm/Stockholm2015/home)
- 9-12 November 2015, [European SharePoint Conference](http://www.sharepointeurope.com)
There is a another great conference this year that I would love to visit. The Microsoft Ignite Conference that will be held in Chicago from 4th to 8th of May. Chicago in May should be wonderful at this time of year.
Last year my effort to get a speaking engagement haven’t worked that well. I hope this year will work better for me because I love speaking about things that are important for me and might help others.
Thank you Microsoft
Well, it is hard to start your own business if you haven’t the right partner to start with. To get started, I joined a really great program by Microsoft.
This program is called BizSpark and provides all the tools I need. Office 365 E3, Azure and last but not least an MSDN Visual Studio Ultimate Edition.
In exchange I’m looking forward to provide some new applications.
That’s all for now
Hope to meet some of the readers of my blog post on some events around the world. I currently feel that 2015 will become a great year. See you all! Online and Offline.