H-SPUG is proud to present its own “Ask the Experts” SharePoint panel discussion at our November meeting. Come to hear these wizards of SharePoint discuss a wide array of topics relevant to your field and bring any questions you might have to get expert recommendations. Then join us at the Idera-sponsored “Meet the Experts” happy hour event at the Fox and Hound pub on Westheimer! Rub elbows, ask more questions, and mingle with Houston-area SharePoint users at this event. There will be appetizers, drinks, and games. Come and enjoy yourself!
Brian Culver, MCM
Expertise: SharePoint Internet, Intranet and Extranet sites, Enterprise Content Management, Governance, and customizing SharePoint.
Biography: A SharePoint Solutions Architect for Expert Point Solutions in Houston, Texas. Brian is a Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) in SharePoint 2007 and a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD). He has worked in the Information Technology industry for since 1998 and he has been working with SharePoint since 2005. His deep expertise includes SharePoint, ASP.Net, SQL Server and Project Server. He has been involved in many large SharePoint implementations including Internet and Intranet sites, Partner Portals, Enterprise Content Management and Governance, and much custom application integration and development.
The fun stuff: Currently addicted to Halo Reach. Getting ready for girl #2 in December.
Andrew Connell, MVP
Expertise: SharePoint Development, Web Content Management, Enterprise Content Management
Biography: Andrew Connell is an author, instructor and co-founder of Critical Path Training (www.CriticalPathTraining.com), a SharePoint education focused company. Andrew is a six-time recipient of Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award (2005-2010) for Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) & Microsoft SharePoint Server. He has authored and contributed to numerous MCMS and SharePoint books over the years including his book Professional SharePoint 2007 Web Content Management Development by WROX. Andrew has spoken on the subject of SharePoint development and WCM at conferences such as TechEd, SharePoint Connections, VSLive, SharePoint Best Practice Conference, SharePoint Evolutions Conference, Office Developer Conference and Microsoft SharePoint Conference in the United States, Australia, England and Spain. Andrew blogs at http://www.andrewconnell.com/blog and on Twitter @andrewconnell.
Todd Klindt, MVP
Expertise: SharePoint is administration.
Biography: A professional computer nerd for 15 years, specializing in SharePoint for the last six years. His love affair with SharePoint began one slow day at the office when he discovered SharePoint Team Services 1.0 on the Office XP CD and decided to install it. The rest is history. In 2006 he was honored to be awarded the MVP award from Microsoft for Windows SharePoint Services. He has had the pleasure of working with SharePoint farms both large and small. He has written several books and magazine articles on SharePoint. Todd has presented sessions on SharePoint at many major conferences both in the United States as well as Europe and Asia and does the user group circuit and SharePoint Saturday events as well. He chronicles his SharePoint adventures on his blog, http://www.toddklindt.com/blog. His latest book, Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration is now available at fine booksellers everywhere. He is currently working his dream job as a consultant at SharePoint911 where he spends his days fixing broken SharePoint environments and bringing new SharePoint environments into the world.
The fun stuff: I own a 1977 Trans Am just like the one in Smokey and the Bandit. http://www.toddklindt.com/TransAm/_w/Trans%20Am%2001_jpg.jpg
Matthew McDermott, MVP
Expertise: Search, Social and Web Publishing
Biography: Matthew McDermott, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MVP, is a Principal Consultant for AbleBlue in Austin, Texas. AbleBlue specializes in SharePoint Integration, Strategy and Implementation Consulting. Matthew is an author and specialist in SharePoint technologies focused on web content management, collaboration, search and social computing, Matthew has led SharePoint implementations for Fortune 500 companies since 2002.
The fun stuff: Matthew’s free time is spent as a canine handler for K9 Search • Austin, a volunteer K9 search team serving the FBI and Austin & San Antonio Police Departments. An accomplished cook and bartender, in his spare time Matt spends as much time with his wife as his dogs will allow.
Ted Pattison, MVP
Biography: An author, instructor and co-founder of Critical Path Training (www.CriticalPathTraining.com), a company dedicated to education on SharePoint technologies. For the last five years Ted has worked with Microsoft’s Developer Platform Evangelism group researching and authoring SharePoint training material for early adopters. Ted started working with SharePoint 2010 in August of 2008 and since that time has led a series of 5-day training classes in which he has already taught hundreds of professional developers how to get started building custom business solutions using the SharePoint 2010 platform.
Expertise: Disaster recovery, SharePoint and .NET development, SharePoint workflow
Biography: The lead architect and software developer for the SharePoint product group at Idera. Currently, he is working on the Idera SharePoint backup™ product. Previously, he was the lead developer of Idera SQLsafe™, a very popular high-performance backup and recovery solution for Microsoft SQL Server. Michael is a popular speaker with SharePoint user groups and conferences.
The fun stuff: A track driving instructor; I teach people to drive their cars in a safe and fast manner around racetracks. I instruct with various organizations: Porsche, Audi, BMW, and other private clubs.
Expertise: Managed Metadata, Solution Architecture
Biography: David has been delivering technical solutions for nearly 13 years. He runs a small consulting business helping companies leverage and support SharePoint technologies. When he is not working, he spends time with his beautiful wife and three adorable children.
Expertise: Architect and Administration
Biography: Dan Luciano is a consultant with Sogeti specializing in architecting and managing SharePoint projects. Within Sogeti, he helps to lead the Houston SharePoint practice and is a member of Sogeti’s national SharePoint steering committee. Dan has been working in the IT industry for 8 years and with SharePoint for over 3 years. He helped Schlumberger to build Avance which is a mission critical project management platform using SharePoint 2007.
Dan also has been using SharePoint 2010 for several months and excited about the investments Microsoft made in the platform. He holds certifications in WSS 3.0, MOSS 2007, and SharePoint 2010 Config and Admin. You can find Dan via his blog at http://danluciano.wordpress.com and on twitter as @danluciano.
Expertise: Disaster Recovery, Backup/Restore, Caching
Biography: A Product Manager for SharePoint Products at Idera, a Microsoft gold certified partner and creator of tools for SharePoint, SQL Server, and PowerShell. As a consultant, Sean has worked with a number of Fortune 500 companies to architect, implement, troubleshoot, tune, and customize their SharePoint environments. Sean is an MCPD, an MCTS, and the co-author of both the “SharePoint 2007 Disaster Recovery Guide” (http://tinyurl.com/SPDRBook) and the “SharePoint 2010 Disaster Recovery Guide” (http://tinyurl.com/SPDRGuide2010). He can be reached through his blog (http://SharePointInterface.com) or Twitter (@spmcdonough).
The fun stuff: Everyone loves to hassle me for it: I’m a pescetarian (i.e., a vegetarian who will eat seafood). There’s no activist or political reason for it; I simply feel better when I’m not eating meat. I can usually find something to eat at just about any restaurant, though, and I do make one exception during the year: Thanksgiving. When Thanksgiving arrives, turkeys flee from my location in a cacophony of gobbling that can be heard in the surrounding states …