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Christian Buckley
Manager, author, entrepreneur, husband, father
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In the latest edition of Redmond Channel Partner magazine (, a short article by Editor in Chief Scott Bekker caught my eye in which he shares some important data points from a recent report from Champion Solutions Group, who surveyed a small sample of Office 365 administrators to try and quantify the total cost of ownership (TCO) of managing Office 365. This topic goes back several years for me, back when I was a member of the Microsoft Managed Solutions... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at buckleyPLANET
With so much talk about "productivity transformation" and moving businesses to the "digital workplace," I really thought we would see a huge spike in the hiring of one specific role: the Business Analyst. Did I miss something? Has it happened? Are companies hiring them, possibly under a different title that has, until now, slipped underneath the radar? The role of the Business Analyst is, in my view, critical to the successful move of any organization into vNext of their business... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at buckleyPLANET
It’s amazing to see the SharePoint community continue to grow. While there are many new tools in the space (Teams, Planner, OneDrive for Business, Yammer, etc) that may pull users away from the traditional SharePoint interface, the reality is that SharePoint services are very much a part of most of these products and features – and SharePoint is a key component of the overall Office 365 platform. According to the recent CollabTalk/BYU study, the ecosystem is projected to grow by... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at buckleyPLANET
Since last fall, I've been partnering with the team over at tyGraph ( around the metrics for my monthly CollabTalk tweetjams, helping them tweak their analytics to improve upon some of the over-priced and questionable-value Twitter tools out there. They improved their measurements, which are now all that I use for my online events -- and it also resulted in tyGraph signing on as an official sponsor back in August 2016 (or thereabouts). It was out of those initial conversations... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
It’s been a whirlwind of a week. Literally, in fact. I stepped off the airplane on Sunday in Austin to learn that a tornado warning had just been lifted on the airport and surrounding area. I was traveling for the SPTechCon Austin event, and apparently the event hotel was in the direct path of the storm, which managed to uproot a few trees out in the parking lot. Missed that one. But it was the logical end to a frenzied... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
I am very excited about SPTechCon Austin next week, flying from Salt Lake City to Texas early on Sunday morning, arriving with plenty of time to lock myself away in my hotel room to work on content But seriously, I am looking forward to joining three of my fellow MVPs on stage next week for a panel discussion -- who also happen to be sponsors of the Hybrid SharePoint research project I’ve been working on since January. We are now... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
You are welcome. But are you going to allow Kashman to remain the Mayor of the Swarm check-in? Seems to me he is out of the country, and there's nothing to stop you from stealing it away...
Toggle Commented Mar 29, 2017 on February 2017 Content Wrap-Up at buckleyPLANET
Nothing like weeks on end alone in a basement office working on gargantuan whitepapers and research projects to make you appreciate getting back out there on the road for more SharePoint and Office 365 events! Looking forward to big announcements next week – and especially to start talking about the results of the Hybrid SharePoint initiative kicked off in January in partnership with the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University (located about 30 minutes south of me in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
We live in a world that is increasingly being measured at every click, every decision, every outcome – even within the tools we use to connect and praise our peers and employees. Praise and recognition are an important part of any collaboration platform. Of course, different users, teams, and business units are motivated in different ways. Having lived through a couple sales-centric organizations, I saw the power of leaderboards to drive the competitive nature of the sales teams – providing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
All of this this talk about Teams, Groups, SharePoint, and Yammer – and yet not much talk about the leading collaboration tool in use today: email. Yes, that’s right – email. Having a discussion on collaboration without email is kind of like talking project management tools without mentioning Excel, which remains the top tool for the category. In project management, Excel may not be the best tool, or the right tool for every solution, but it’s the default solution and,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
Back in early 2014, I wrote a piece for called ‘The Future Requires Social Portability’ where I reminisced on a time from my telecommunications career when we built out a number of key operational capabilities, including number portability. It’s something we largely take for granted now – when you switch carriers, the ability to keep your phone number. I’m old enough to remember when the phone came with the house, with no ability to disconnect the cord from the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
I’m usually not a fan of radio, but this morning while dropping my youngest off at school, I had a random station playing in the background and was pleased with the assortment of tunes from Alphaville (Big in Japan), Roxy Music (Don't Stop the Dance), and Talking Heads (And She Was) -- all of which I have on CD (and most likely vinyl) but have not had in my Spotify rotation for some time. Need to change that. It got... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
The most misunderstood metric in collaboration today is engagement. What engagement means within your organization, and how you measure it, depends on a number of factors: technologies in place, collaboration culture, corporate and team goals, measurement tools and reporting, company processes and bureaucracy, and operational oversight, among other factors. The misunderstanding occurs when organizations treat out-of-the-box adoption or activity-based metrics as their engagement measurements, and do not attempt to identify what engagement means within their own unique requirements. The result... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
For the shortest month of the year, it’s amazing how my activities at the start of February seem like they happened such a long, long time ago. So much happening on both the work and family fronts that I am rarely asleep before 1am – and up most days around 6am. Which all sounds exhausting, but I am really enjoying a lot of the projects I am working on. The big item that most of you are aware of is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
When most people think about collaboration, they often have specific features in mind. Some people think of the new Microsoft Teams, Yammer, or Slack. Others look at Skype, or the many different web conferencing platforms, as enabling collaboration. Still others think of SharePoint and Office 365. All of these tools provide varying degrees of collaboration and communication capabilities -- but not one of them will meet the needs of every team, and every business requirement. We are constantly looking for... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
A few years back when I was working for Axceler, I was frustrated by what I viewed as a slow response to hybrid SharePoint by many of the SharePoint vendors. I saw hybrid as a necessary next step for most on-premises solutions given the time, cost, and complexity of transitioning highly customized environments to Office 365. Of course, at the time, Microsoft was not really talking about hybrid (except for Bill Baer), and the push from their salespeople was all... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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 Feb 21, 2017 at buckleyPLANET
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
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
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
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
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
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
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