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Christian Buckley
Manager, author, entrepreneur, husband, father
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As a non-developer, what am I doing talking about Visual Studio? Well, I think the 20th anniversary of it’s release is a pretty important milestone – and the launch date is coming up quick on March 7th, followed by a day of live interactive training sessions. And if that’s not enough, Microsoft is also organizing regional launch events in March. These local events are a great opportunity for the broader ecosystem to come together and network with our local Microsoft... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at buckleyPLANET
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Ever since Microsoft debuted their Office 365 Groups, focusing initially on the conversational capability within Outlook rather than the underlying architectural changes – which is what Groups is really all about – there have been questions from the community asking if and how Groups impacts how we manage the various workloads in Office 365. The concept of groups presents a new direction for the platform (and Microsoft has corrected the messaging that separates the Outlook features from the Groups platform... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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Still working on the new website, which will provide a single location to aggregate all of the research projects and community activities that fall under the CollabTalk banner. As I was going through my buckleyPLANET newsletter db and cleaning out email that I know are no longer valid (its been a couple years since I sent out a buckleyPLANET newsletter) I quickly realized that I needed to start over and validate the entire list, hence the form below. And in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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I may have spent a good portion of my career building or running project and product management teams, but I owe a lot of my process knowledge (and what little patience I have) from my two years in an operations role at Microsoft. Sure, the bureaucracy was maddening – especially for someone who prefers action over endless analysis – but my time in role was a great learning experience, where I was able to read and participate in discussions around... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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Ok, that title is not exactly honest -- because email never went anywhere. It certainly didn't die, as was predicted by every social technology vendor ever. Funny enough, one of the biggest perpetrators of this fallacy was Yammer -- and then they got acquired by one of the largest purveyors of email technology, Microsoft. Even so, some of their anti-email messaging continued for a while after the acquisition, but went silent around the same time that Office 365 Groups came... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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When I started blogging on a regular basis back in 1998, publishing content was a painful process. Back then, I used a free text editor and posted simple HTML to my startup’s website, uploading my images and content using a free FTP tool. In February 2004, I switched to Moveable Type and ended up paying for Typepad, which is still my blogging platform today – and, as I explained in my initial post for the new blog, my goal for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
On my drive back to Utah from a week in Seattle, I had a great call with fellow Microsoft MVP Treb Gatte (@tgatte), who is an expert on Project Server and PowerBI. We were talking about the evolution of the project manager role, and the wide-open opportunity for business intelligence solutions in this enterprise solution category. I shared with him some of my experiences, which really began back in the mid-1990’s when, as a young project manager at Pacific Bell... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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I'm still adjusting to real winter weather, and the fact that many days I don't venture far from my basement home office. I was explaining to someone last night at a #SharePint mixer in Bellevue (I'm on the road for a couple weeks right now) that most days find me in pajamas well past lunch, and I sometimes forget to eat anything until the afternoon. That's the downside of working almost entirely online, with team members spread around the globe.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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Great product, late to market, confusing but visually brilliant ad campaigns. Oh Zune, you left us too soon. If only you were still around – people would love you so. Except the part about people not listening to standalone music players any more, and using their phones instead. At least my Gen1 is still going strong. Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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It’s an important question – one that user groups around the world should constantly ask themselves. As a former board member of the Puget Sound SharePoint User Group (PSSPUG, now called O365 Seattle) and now part of the Utah SPUG, and also having running entrepreneur and collaboration user groups for years as part of the now-defunct eBIG.org in the San Francisco Bay Area (which was formed with fellow members of SDForum, now SVForum), I’ve been formally participating in these kinds... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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If you have not already done so, you should sign up for next week’s free online event Assembled 2017. The event was organized by designers, marketers, professionals and entrepreneurs to share their ideas and best practices for taking creativity to the next level. The event will include 60 minute keynotes and 30 minute breakouts on various topics from January 23rd – 27th. Join over 2000 creatives in design, development, marketing and UX/UI. Some of the confirmed speakers include: Andy Rahden... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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In the latest edition of Harvard Business Review (Jan-Feb 2017) there is a short article that caught my attention: “Algorithms: People Like the Illusion of Control” that is based on research from Chicago Booth and UPenn Wharton (Dietvorst, Simmons, and Massey, Overcoming Algorithm Aversion: People Will Use Imperfect Algorithms If They Can (Even Slightly) Modify Them, April 2016). As the article states, the premise of the research is that even with the rise in machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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Oh, what a year! One of the benefits of going through this monthly exercise of recapping last month's content and activities is that it is fairly easy to the 'Monthly Summary' category in the tag cloud and pull up all (or most of, anyway) my activities for past months. And if you haven't noticed, each item on this list is ready to be cut-and-pasted into a tweet, if you're feeling so inclined. What's different this month is that I'm including... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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In a December 7th, 2016 post by Microsoft's Cindy Bates on the US Small and Midsize Business Blog, Bates highlights some data points from a recent survey of over 1,000 consumers that, as she points out, uncover "shifts in the ways customers want to hear from businesses." Bates is the VP of US SMB and Distribution, and I reckon has a pretty good sense of the changes that have happened within even the last 5 years in the SMB space,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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For my final blog post last year, I compiled a list of the top 10 most viewed posts on this blog in 2015. As I started compiling a 2016 version of that list, I realized that just because some of the posts had strong traffic doesn't mean they were my personal favorites. Besides, my content is spread across a number of different channels -- from the Beezy blog to RedmondMag.com -- so a list of content from just one of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2016 at buckleyPLANET
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For those who know me well, I have been bullish on social collaboration going back to the late 1990's when I co-founded my first software company and helped create a project management solution that was powered by our own social graph. Formed in 1997 with two b-school friends, we were building some fun little solutions, and eventually sold the company. After that, I partnered with my college roommate and brother-in-law who was a developer, creating an online dating site (hey,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2016 at buckleyPLANET
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Join the next #CollabTalk tweetjam on December 28th at 9am PST via Twitter or http://twubs.com/CollabTalk Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at buckleyPLANET
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For anyone within the Microsoft Partner ecosystem, the Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) is “the” event of the year to attend each July. There is no better place to connect with experts and practitioners in every Microsoft category, from every region on the planet. I attended my first WPC in July 2010 shortly after echoTechnology had been acquired by Axceler, and we decided to sponsor a booth and use the event to introduce our new SharePoint migration tool. With Microsoft’s announcement... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2016 at buckleyPLANET
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The Beezy team at the European SharePoint Conference in Vienna, Austria taking home the award for Most Innovative Cloud Solution for 2016 Ok, November was kind of a big deal. If you recall, at the end of last month I was in Redmond, Washington hanging out with friends and family between hosting my 7th and final SharePoint Saturday Redmond (as organizer, that is), and then I worked remotely for a week until the annual Microsoft MVP Summit at the beginning... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at buckleyPLANET
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The term "Intelligent Enterprise" is not new -- it has been used for several years by management and technology consultants to refer to the application of technology and new service paradigms to solve the challenge of improving business performance. At the core of the Intelligent Enterprise is data accessibility, with the power of the cloud, machine-learning, and the social graph helping companies better leverage their data assets -- with Microsoft very much at the forefront of innovation in this space.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at buckleyPLANET
After 3 weeks on the road, I am feeling the jet lag. I started my adventures by driving up to Seattle (just over 850 miles) to organize my 7th and final SharePoint Saturday Redmond event on Microsoft campus. I then stayed with my sister Michal for a week, working from campus a couple times – but mostly sitting in her basement staring at my Surface Pro – until attending the annual MVP Summit. And then I drove the 850 miles... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at buckleyPLANET
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Following the SharePoint Saturday Redmond event last weekend, I was able to spend the week in the Seattle area, crashing at my sister’s house and enjoying some time with the nieces and nephews. Of course, I also found my way over to the Microsoft campus a couple times, and caught up with a few folks in the wake of Microsoft’s most recent announcement around Teams. There will be forthcoming content via the Beezy blog around the impact of Teams, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at buckleyPLANET
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October was bittersweet. It was my final outing as SharePoint Saturday Redmond organizer, and I have now officially turned over the reigns. I’ve been involved for 7 years, but now that I have moved my family from Seattle to Salt Lake City, it doesn’t make sense for me to stay directly involved. Community events need to be run by the local community members if they are to have any “sticking power” and long-term success. I’m proud of the fact that... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2016 at buckleyPLANET
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You may be the new thing, Workplace, but I've already moved on. Yes, you have the familiar Facebook layout that people know and we use, and I love your live streaming technology that Microsoft and others just haven't been able to figure out just yet. And somehow, when I'm sitting in the airport in Perth, Australia or Durban, South Africa and I can barely get one bar on the public wi-fi, your Messenger seems to cut through the airwaves like... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at buckleyPLANET
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I have been an active part of the SharePoint community for over 12 years now, and have noticed quite a few changes. Like any personal or professional network, there is a natural ebb and flow as excitement and interest in new products, features, and companies rise and fall. Having run user groups since 2002 across various technologies and ecosystems, I recognize that there is a need to constantly review and refine your community approach to ensure you are delivering what... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2016 at buckleyPLANET