Last Day at Sharesquared

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Yesterday was my last day working for Sharesquared.  I’ve really enjoyed working with a wonderful group of consultants and clients for the last couple of years but it was time for a change.  Sharesquared is a virtual company that hires the best talent they can find wherever you happen to live.  The result is a virtual company where most of the work is done through “Telecommuting”.  The result is a company with some really talented people who are a pleasure to work with, but who you only have contact with electronically.  Although I enjoyed working from home it can lose its appeal after a while when all but one of your colleagues lives 2 to 3 time zones away and you only see people face to face at the annual company meeting.  So when an opportunity came up recently to work for a growing consulting firm headquartered here in Cleveland I decided it was time to make the move.  That company is the BlueChip Consulting Group.

Unlike Sharesquared, who focus completely on SharePoint, BlueChip views itself as an “Infrastructure Optimization Consulting Firm”.  They have several successful practices including a growing SharePoint practice.  My role at BlueChip will be similar to the role I had at Sharesquared.  I’ll be a Senior Solutions Architect serving as the chief technical architect within the Portals and Collaboration team at Blue Chip.  In that role it will be my job to help design new SharePoint implementations and provide technical mentoring to the other members of the team.  The difference is that I’ll see the other members of the team face to face on a regular basis.  I’m looking forward to getting to know the members of the team and starting work on some new projects.  I start work at BlueChip next Monday.

So to all my friends at Sharesquared, the best of luck and continued success.  And to all my future friends at BlueChip, I can’t wait to get started.  My new contact info is listed below.  If my email is in your address book please change it to:

Best Practices for SharePoint 2010 Upgrade & Configuration

Please join Dave Milner and me for the webinar entitled Best Practices for SharePoint 2010 Upgrade & Configuration, where we will outline various critical considerations and best practice strategies for the planning and conducting an upgrade from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010.

The webinar will include live demonstrations and discussion of the following points:

  • Who should upgrade, why & when
  • How to assess existing SharePoint deployments and identify upgrade risks and opportunities
  • Specific tasks that need to be done to prepare for SharePoint 2010
  • How to identify and upgrade existing 2007 customizations
  • Best Practices for supporting parallel environments, migration & preserving the investment in your existing SharePoint deployment
  • Avoiding Upgrade & Migration Pitfalls

If you are considering upgrading to SharePoint 2010 from a previous version, you will gain an understanding of how to effectively upgrade SharePoint 2010 in accordance with best practices and gain insights into approaches, techniques, and tools that mitigate the effort and risk associated with upgrades.

Sign-Up for the Seminar here:


SharePoint 2010 Service Pack 1 Released

sharepoint2010logo_thumbThe SharePoint product team released Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2010 yesterday, along with service packs for a lot of related Office products.  In the past its been a good idea to patch SharePoint and your client applications at the same time to maintain the highest level of integration between SharePoint and the desktop.  I would recommend continuing to follow that procedure. 

But this SP1 is more than just a bug fix. It includes some new features and functionality for SharePoint, including:

  • A Site Recycle Bin – Recover accidentally deleted SharePoint Sites and Site Collections.
  • Shallow Copy – The ability to move site collections containing Remote Blob Storage (RBS) elements from one content database to another without having to physically move the RBS Blobs.
  • StorMan.aspx – The return of a Storage Allocation page where you can see how much storage is being used by major portions of your farm.

You can find links to the all the Office related service packs, including SharePoint here:

You can find a shorter list of just the service packs related to SharePoint here:

Make sure you remember to apply SP1 for all the products you have installed!

June SharePoint Q&A with MVP Experts

MVP_FullColor_ForScreenDo you have tough technical questions regarding SharePoint for which you’re seeking answers? Do you want to tap into the deep knowledge of the talented Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals? Then join me and other SharePoint MVPs for answers to your questions in a live forum. So please join us and bring on the questions! These chats will cover WSS, MOSS and SharePoint 2010. Topics include setup and administration, design, development and general questions. This month there is only one time slot for the chat. I’ll be there so bring your questions to the chat on Wednesday June 22nd. Other MVPs who will also be attending include:

    • Alex Pearce
    • Corey Roth
    • Darrin Bishop
    • Ivan Sanders
    • John Timney
    • Kanwal Khipple
    • Kris Wagner
    • Laura Rogers
    • Liam Cleary
    • Paul Galvin
    • Randy Drisgill
    • Rob Foster
    • Serge Tremblay
    • Woody Windischman

Wed, June 22nd, 2011

Noon EDT (9am PDT)

Join the chat room on the day of the chat:


Twitter hastag: #spmvpchat

SharePoint Team Blog post:

Looking for a Few Good Programmers…


Are you an experienced SharePoint or ASP.NET developer?

If you are, then ShareSquared is looking for you.  Our business is expanding and we are hoping to hire some more highly talented people to join our company.  ShareSquared architects and developers are seasoned computer science professionals with a thorough understanding of proper software construction, design patterns and best practices.

Our team is comprised of:

  • Microsoft SharePoint MVP’s
  • Senior .NET Architects and Developers
  • 100% Microsoft Certified Professionals
  • Technology leaders in the SharePoint community
  • Former Microsoft SharePoint Dev-Team Members

If you would like to work with some of the best of the best than please check out: and send your resume to