Traditions are traditions – at least when you repeat at least once, right? So last year I started to review my year with SharePoint – lets do it again.
Conferences & Social
2013 started great – after several attempts I convinced my company to send me to the very last SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas – and it was epic. Not only that I covered 30 SharePoint sessions, I met friends and new friends – I knew some of them via Twitter for a long time, but meeting in person is a totally different story, of course! If you wanna relieve my experience including my summary you can read my posts here.
On the speaking side, I submitted 10-15 sessions this year, some where accepted, some rejected. I was accepted in Zürich, Switzerland at Collaboration Days (international speaker, yay!) and in Duesseldorf at ShareConf, Germany – I had good fun and received good feedback. The most challenging speaking engagement was SP24 – even tho my session was pre-recorded. My inner devil forced me to record my session (50 Minutes) multiple times – in the end I did not need a script, even for the jokes 😉
Additionally I visted the User Group in Munich several times – of course I had a search talk there. Will continue that in 2015, for sure.
With Dave Hollembaek, we started an “informal gathering” / Stammtisch about Enterprise Search (we are not limited to SharePoint, but focused) in Munich – if you wanna join, please feel free!
More conferences are on my roadmap for 2015!
Blogs & Comments
I spent some time with my little blog this year – new theme with mobile support and 31 blog posts – on the statistics side (I love analytics!) I had 78,783 views on my blog (82% more than 2013) and 133 comments (29% more than 2013) with 103 blog posts in total.
My most viewed posts:
|1.||#SharePoint 2013 – Create a Search Service Application and Search Topology with Powershell||53 comments||14,409 views|
|2.||Install Office Web Apps 2013 for SharePoint 2013 – with PDF Preview||53 comments||12,536 views|
|3.||Cache cluster is down, restart the cache cluster and Retry||11 comments||6,665 views|
|4.||Installing SharePoint 2013 SP1 with SQL Server 2014 on Windows Server 2012 R2 – Picture Love Story||6 comments||6,465 views|
|5.||Powershell: List all IIS WebApplications (.net version, state, identity)||19 comments||5,797 views|
4. was published in 2014 – the others are older posts.
Where do all the visitors come from?
|United States||22,490 views|
|United Kingdom||4,789 views|
In total my blog was visited from 176 countries.
When I look at my projects of 2014 most of them were somehow SharePoint Search-related. My clients are obviously the best – so they gave my some pretty nice challenges, mostly integration of SAP or third party systems – or indexing huge volumns (90,000,000 items in 2 weeks). Thanks for the continued trust!
I only managed to pass two Certifications last year – but a new years resolution is to finish both my MCSE (only 70-332 missing!!!) and MCSD for SharePoint 2013. I tried to register for a training, but I was greated with:
After December 31st, 2014 if you wish to take a Microsoft certification exam, please visit the Microsoft Learning web site for further information.
So I tried to scheduled an online proctored exam – but Germany is not on the list… so I scheduled a on-site exam beginning of January. Yay!
- 2015 will be the year of search! Again.
For 2014 I predicted that the Service Pack 1 for SharePoint 2013 will bring some major search enhancements – some under the hood features were added, but I am still waiting for the long “announced” push API. I hope to see Delve for on-prem installations, too – but I think that will stay a wish. On the other side, that will hopefully push some to the cloud – or hybrid at least.
- Hosting on Azure for Dev/Test will even more accelerate – even in Germany.
I said the same almost last year. But I saw some changes, some new clients moved directly to Office 365 – some at least looked at it. Cloud is still not very popular in Germany, in 2015 I hopefully see some more traction.
Happy New Year!
I wish you all a healthy and wealthy Happy New Year. Hope to see you soon!
Max’s free time is spent on twitter (@maxmelcher) mostly with a good coffee in his hands.
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