Bye bye 2013 – My Year With SharePoint

29 Dec 2013
December 29, 2013

Inspired by Wictor Wilén yearly blog series I try to summarize my year – last year I wanted to write one but I did not gather enough stuff to fill a page – lets try it again:

Wow, 2013 was an interesting year and the time has come for my annual blog post to sum up the year that soon has passed us and looking a bit into the crystal ball for the next one.

http://www.wictorwilen.se/summing-up-the-year-of-2013-and-embracing-2014

I truly was an interesting year – I totally enjoyed it. Professionally and personally.

Stackexchange / #SPHELP

I started actively to share my experiences and knowledge arround SharePoint and especially about SharePoint Search – I watched the tag #shelp on twitter and started to participate on sharepoint.stackexchange.com – I even got some badges and over 1.000 points:

profile for Max Melcher at SharePoint Stack Exchange, Q&A for SharePoint enthusiasts

Blog

Blogging is a lot of work for me – English is not my first language, but I reached a stage where I can now enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts – even when I know its not perfect – maybe in 2014 I find some time to improve my writing skills, otherwise please apologize my errors. What I actually wanted to say: I invested a lot of time in this blog, answered each and every comment (roughly 100), wrote 44 blog posts and received roughly 50.000 views this year – wow, this is fun! Compared to last year this is 10x more – thanks for reading and following my stuff, motivates me a lot! Here is a list of my most viewed posts in 2013:

  1. Install Office Web Apps 2013 for SharePoint 2013 – with PDF Preview
  2. SharePoint 2013 – Create a Search Service Application and Search Topology with Powershell
  3. Cache cluster is down, restart the cache cluster and Retry
  4. SharePoint 2013 Design Manager: Map network drive on Windows Server 2012
  5. SignalR in SharePoint 2013 – the real-time web is coming!

1, 2, and 5 are my personal favorites – it was great discovering how to build these solutions – I even used them for several client projects. But the most fun I had was writing this one: SharePoint 2013 Search Preview for Documents hosted in SharePoint 2010. The help and feedback I received from the SharePoint Community for this one was amazing! I even got contacted by Microsoft why and how I built it…

SharePoint certifications

I am one of the guys who thinks that certifications really help – so I try to do plenty of them (it’s a good motivation for my team, too). This year I only did 3 certifications (070-417, 071-488, 071-489), next year resolution (one of them) is to finish all SharePoint 2013 certs.

Contributions

I contributed to several Open Source SharePoint Solutions – and I even started my own ones:

  1. SPSignalR – a solution to create real-time updates in SharePoint WebParts (see it here in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QgzJ0HkDs8)
  2. SharePoint Chocolatey: I created several packages to install SharePoint tools with PowerShell

Giving back solutions & knowledge and receiving questions about solutions I share is really worth some nights and weekends –. sounds crazy, but try for yourself! I would not be where I am right now without the professional solutions and shared knowledge floating around in the SharePoint Community.

Toolbox

I spent countlessly hours creating webcasts – rerecording them – deleting them – in both English and German (the German SharePoint community needs some love, too). I want to do more of them, even do a recording of paid tools (Avepoint, SPCAF, SPDockit, … ) – it takes time, it’s a good practice for me – and its FUN! More to come in 2014.

Conferences / Speaking

Conferences are great – meeting twitter friends personally is great, I even had the honor to chat with THE one Todd Klindt at TechEd in Madrid (that is always super fun!!!) – good stuff. I want more of it – hopefully I can convince my boss to send me to SPC14… the new year will tell! Additionally I went to two or three SharePoint User Groups in Munich – next year I will speak at least at one in February/March. Two “conference” highlights in 2013 were the two ShareCamps. One in Munich and the second (and first one ever) in Vienna, Austria. In Munich I gave two presentations, one about Search and the other one about SharePoint Tools – see the recap here. I even try to speak at some international conferences – the biggest one will be the free SP24 conference – I could need some votes here: http://list.ly/i/419694

SharePoint

It was a great SharePoint year – I had very exciting new projects, a migration and two SharePoint from scratch projects – one very challenging. SharePoint 2013 gains more and more traction in Germany – 2014 there will be more of it. Hopefully I get rid of all SharePoint 2007 projects – this old stuff… not good for me, not good for my clients (I am not saying its always the tool!).

Twitter

The one and only “tool” is twitter – I received so much help and feedback, meet new and old friends (I am looking at you: @meligo @mysharepoint @zimmergren @ToddKlindt @stacyDraper @HughAJWood @jimmywim @MLCarter1976 @hupseb @michl86 – in no particular order!)

Most active users

Users most retweeted

Users most replied to

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Hashtags most used

Are you on twitter? Why not follow me? 🙂

Predictions

As Wictor did it – I try my own 3 predictions:

  • 2014 will be the year of search

I have more booked search training for 2014 than I had in 2013 this time – and with the enhanced SharePoint 2013 search there will be many challenges! And I hope that SP1 for SharePoint 2013 brings more of it – maybe a push api for Search Indexing?

  • Hosting on Azure for Dev/Test will accelerate – even in Germany.

Hosting on azure is pricey – but its worth it. You only pay what you use, perfectly for dev/test in the cloud.

  • Apps Apps Apps

I did not see that many SharePoint Apps – but I will write my own and hopefully my clients will jump on the apps train!

Happy New Year!

Phew – more than I thought, what a year! But now its time to say thanks for reading so far – next year will be exciting, too!

I wish you all a Happy New Year – may it be even better than the last and with lots of fun! See you around!

Max Melcher
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Max Melcher

Maximilian Melcher (MCSE, MCPD) is a Principal Consultant working at Alegri International Services in Munich, Germany. Max is a specialist in SharePoint technologies focused on search, social computing, web content management and collaboration. Max has led SharePoint implementations for Dax 30 companies since 2009.
Max’s free time is spent on twitter (@maxmelcher) mostly with a good coffee in his hands.
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