Ye Olde Candy Shoppe: Building an information architecture from scratch at SharePoint Saturday London 2015 #spslondon

Ye Olde Candy Shoppe: Building an information architecture from scratch at SharePoint Saturday London 2015 #spslondon

I’m just back from the fantastic inaugural SharePoint Saturday London held at the Imperial College! It was great to see all of the speakers, sponsors and volunteers who had worked together to make it so wonderful!

People really got into the Ye Olde Candy Shoppe case study and we built a good architecture together. We had a great time debating what kind of candy category ‘Boiled British sweets’ belong to.  The slides from the session are available via my OneDrive or can be viewed below. Note that the slides are really just the supporting information – the real work is always done on a whiteboard during the actual session.

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SharePoint Saturday Oslo: Recap @spsoslo

Whew! SharePoint Saturday Oslo 2014 was a blast! Thank you again to the organisers for a wonderful job!

It was my first time speaking at a SharePoint Saturday. I’ve done plenty of speaking internally at companies, clients, etc., but this felt very different. I learned a ton (count on the internet going down and you will never be surprised) and met lots of fascinating people.

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SharePoint Saturday Stockholm 2014

After all of the dust has settled and I have caught my breath, I can say that the first SharePoint Saturday Stockholm was a success!

Speakers and organizers SPS Stockholm 2014

The final stats as tweeted by @SPSSthlm

210 registered
183 attendees
27 no-shows :(
78 on waiting list
20 speakers
3 organizers
10 volunteers
10 sponsors

Thank you, once again, to everyone to participated, spoke, helped out and generally made it an awesome event!

Thanks again to my co-coordinators, Matthias Einig and Erwin van Hunen.

You can still see the site  at  Note that many of the slides and videos of the sessions are available via the sessions page.


I’m already looking forward to next year!


SharePoint Connections 2013 Recap #SPCon13

Phew! Barely home long enough to catch my breath and write a quick post about SharePoint Connections 2013! It was great to meet up with old colleagues and friends alike, as well as make new connections.

So much happened and I talked to so many people, I’m just going to sum up the highlights – in no particular order!

I’m really sorry I didn’t get to see my colleagues’ session on Once You App, You Don’t Go Back, which was done by Daniel Sörlöv and Alexander von Malachowski. They were kind enough to show me the speakers room (it really wasn’t as impressive as it sounds) … so I brought all the speakers some fresh stroopwafels.

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Benjamin Niaulin

Benjamin Niaulin‘s session on the Search Content Webpart was just hands down awesome. He’s such a fun, passionate guy that you want to pay attention to him and laugh along with him. Plus, he did a little dance to illustrate how continuous crawl in SharePoint 2013 works. For this reason, I will never forget how continuous crawl actually works.

One of my notes from his session is a direct quote:


I already thought Benjamin Niaulin was pretty cool, because his blog post on Step by Step: Create a SharePoint 2013 Composed Look is my most referred-to resource for SharePoint 2013 design. Seriously, though: he’s even cooler in person.

Martin Hatch

I’d never seen or met Martin Hatch before, but his session on Dude, Where’s my Search Scopes – Walkthrough of the new Search Capabilities in SharePoint 2013 was excellent.  He did a wonderful job of showing us the different functionality and I do hope to see him again at more sessions.

Joel Oleson

I saw both of Joel Oleson’s sessions.

SharePoint 2013 Mobile Strategy and Responsive Web Design

The part about responsive vs. adaptive design was fantastic and I’ll definitely be looking into using this more.

Also, he got into the support for mobiles for SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013:


Upon seeing this, I promptly tried to find all of these for Android:

  • Newsfeed: is coming, but unsure when
  • Office Mobile App: awesome, works wonderfully!
  • SkyDrive Pro: couldn’t find it in the app store, but Office Mobile App was great anyway
  • Office Web Apps: meh, but it worked

SharePoint 2013, Office 365, Yammer and Social Compliance

I loved that he showed multiple videos and pictures within his presentations.

Compliance is like herding cats: 

And… lead the community with subtle movements, don’t try and control everything:

Joel also did a write-up of the event on his blog – he has more interesting pictures than I do: SharePoint Connections Amsterdam Event Recap and Slides #SPCon13

Dan Holme’s governance workshop

I participated in Dan Holme‘s governance workshop on the third day and I’m so glad I did.  Dan is a wonderful speaker and he did a great job of making this session work from both an IT-Pro as well as a business perspective.

I loved how he used the analogy of SharePoint as a sand castle and how he reused this analogy many times throughout the day.

I teach information architecture and occasionally information management. This diagram, which was the core of the morning section, was worth the entire price of the day for me:


There were plenty of other useful things throughout the day, but this was definitely the highlight for me.

Galaxy Note 3

I spent a fair amount of the conference playing with my new phone, the Android-based Galaxy Note 3. Yes, I realize it’s more of a tablet than a phone, but that’s ok – I do most of my calling via my Bluetooth Jawbone anyway.

I don’t really use most of the Samsung apps. I find that there is too much bloatware and they just don’t do what I want. However, while playing around, I found an awesome combination: Papyrus + Evernote.

I was able to use Papyrus to write notes on the screen, even to take a picture of a slide and then draw all over it. I could then export the entire note to Evernote, which can generally interpret my handwriting and make it searchable! At least, when I wrote somewhat neatly.


The thing is, I want an even bigger screen now. Something like the Galaxy Note 10.1 would do it, I think. That 2560×1600 pixel resolution looks pretty awesome.


There you have it, my summary of SharePoint Connections. I learned a lot, but the most valuable part was the networking and getting to reconnect with old colleagues and friends.

Hopefully next year I’ll be wearing a speakers shirt!

Update: SharePoint Saturday Stockholm 2014

SPSStockholmAs one of the organizers for SharePoint Saturday Stockholm on 25 January 2014, I wanted to give you a quick update via my own personal blog.


The very first SharePoint Saturday Stockholm (SPSSthlm) will take place on Saturday 25 January 2014 at the World Trade Center in downtown Stockholm!

The entire event is sponsor-driven and is free to all attendees. SharePoint has a very rich community surrounding it; this is yet another example of that.

We will have space for approximately 180 attendees.


We have a beautiful, shiny new website, built by Matthias Einig:

Many thanks to the SharePoint Saturday Events site where we are still listed as well!


The event is being organized by three SharePoint specialists in the Stockholm area:


While we already have a number of wonderful speakers signed up, the call for speakers remains open until 30 November. If you’re interested in speaking, please submit your session information before the 30th. For more information, click here.


In order to spread the word we need your help, so please click this and tweet about it.
Please follow SPSSthlm on Twitter @spssthlm and use #spssthlm as hashtag.

Also, feel free to blog! My thanks go out to the following people who have already done so:

More information?

I realize the information provided until now is fairly sparse. However, from the beginning of December, things will start to pick up!

Keep an eye on our Twitter feed or the SharePoint Saturday site for more information!