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Finding Great SharePoint Talent

Here is another article I wrote for the good people at SharePoint Briefing entitled “Finding Great SharePoint Talent”. The article tries to give some advice on how to find truly good and well-experienced people when you’re looking to expand you…

Don’t Be a Bull in the China Shop

A Brief History of SharePoint (From a Relative Newcomer’s Perspective) Note: This article was originally posted to www.endusersharepoint.com. I forgot to post it to my own blog SharePoint has evolved a great deal since its early days as sort of a…

Consulting Can Be a Little Like Pulling Out Your Own Teeth

[Note: This article cross-posted to End User SharePoint here: http://www.endusersharepoint.com/2009/09/09/sharepoint-a-case-study-in-ask-the-expert/] Sometimes, when you’re working as a consultant (as a profession, or in a consultative role within yo…

SharePoint – What’s It Good For? A Health Care Mini Case Study

[Note: this blog post is cross posted at Mark Miller’s site here: http://www.endusersharepoint.com/?p=1897] One of my company’s more unusual clients is a New York City doctor who is a leader in his particular field of medicine (eye care). Like ma…

Are Recruiters Getting a Little Aggressive?

Or is it just me? I’ve received three or four calls at my house since late September looking for SharePoint work. I’m used to the email solicitations, but these phone calls are a little unnerving. I haven’t had an updated resume…

I Don’t Often Agree with Big George Will, But He’s Right About Dreary Outcomes

The closing thought on this otherwise dull article speaks well to problems we often face in the technical community: "Such dreary developments, anticipated with certainty, must be borne philosophically." This puts me in mind of one of the pre…

How Do You Describe Your SharePoint Job?

How often does this happen to you? I’m sitting at my laptop, reading blogs, responding to forum postings, 2 copies of visual studio open and VPN’d out to another server with its own visual studio + 15 browser windows (a typical day) and s…

Random Saturday Morning Observation

I’ve been in classes these past two weeks and one thing that strikes me is that there are a lot of thoughtful, smart people working on SharePoint (as consultants or IT staff) who don’t blog, twitter, seem aware of public message boards like…

Sunday (Embarrassing) Funny: “My Name is Paul Galvin”

A bunch of years ago, my boss asked me to train some users on a product called Results. Results is an end user reporting tool. It’s roughly analogous to SQL Server Reporting Service or Crystal. At the time, it was designed to run on green t…

Perspectives: SharePoint vs. the Large Hadron Collider

Due to some oddball United Airlines flights I took in the mid 90′s, I somehow ended up with an offer to transform "unused miles" into about a dozen free magazine subscriptions. That is how I ended up subscribing to Scientific American m…