Friday, March 23, 2012

Women in SharePoint DC Panel 8/11/11and Domestic Violence Outreach

ShareLove: Women in SharePoint DC will be collecting donations at our booth for domestic violence victims. Please bring toiletries (like the kind you collect from hotels) or used cell phones. We are working with Joy Earles to collect these for the National Coalition for Domestic Violence. For more information, see Joy's blog:

Panel: Come join our panel at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2011. Full conference schedule available here :

"The Myth of the SharePoint Unicorn: Staffing, Recruiting and Developing a SharePoint Team for SP2010 and Office365 Success"

Based on popular demand from user group meetings, WSPDC will host a panel discussion by DC area leaders in the commercial and federal space on the changing landscape of SharePoint team roles and how to staff, recruit and provide professional development for SharePoint professionals of tomorrow. The "myth of the SharePoint unicorn" is near and dear to the heart of many SharePoint practice managers, architects and team leads who have watched the SharePoint ecosystem evolve since WSS3.0 and yet are faced with staffing, recruiting and hiring practices that call all SharePoint professionals "SharePoint developers." In its earliest days SharePoint was often deployed by "the SharePoint guy/gal" who did everything from administration to development to community management but the robust and mature development platform and solution architecture of SharePoint Server 2010, Azure, Office365 and Project Server require a team of highly skilled professionals beyond the Dev/IT Pro tracks outlined by Microsoft training and certification paths. Improperly staffed SharePoint teams can have serious consequences for service delivery and project success. This interactive panel will discuss best practices for SharePoint staffing for commercial and federal projects and will engage audience members with Q&A, exercises and real world examples. Look forward to seeing you there!

Our Panelists:

David Berry

David has ten years’ experience with SharePoint and currently leads the architecture, design and planning of SharePoint 2010 engagements. Having almost 20 years’ experience in consulting and technology, David focused on the Microsoft development platform which also included working on Content Management Server 2002, the forerunner to SharePoint’s WCM capabilities. David also co-manages the CapArea.NET SharePoint group in Northern Virginia.

Shadeed Eleazer

Over 10 years experience supporting Military, Federal, State government initiatives revolving around SharePoint and a wide range of custom applications. Awarded Navy Achievement Medal for leadership efforts during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Labrina Loving

LaBrina Loving is a Manager on the Microsoft Platform team at Hitachi Consulting, a Microsoft Gold Partner. She has over 11 years of experience developing solutions for clients using Microsoft technologies. She first began her career building large scale e-commerce web solutions for clients. For the last 4 years, she has focused on architecting and delivering solutions on the SharePoint platform. In addition, she is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) in SharePoint 2010 and 2007 as well as a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD). Ms. Loving enjoys using her technical skills to enhance the community around her by volunteering at events like Random Hacks of Kindness and Microsoft Give Camp.

Marie-Michelle Strah, PhD

Michelle has over 15 years experience in IT, project management, healthcare IT and R&D specializing in Health 2.0 and Government 2.0 solutions as well as enterprise architecture solutions for the commercial and not for profit space. Currently, she is the Practice Lead and SharePoint Architect for BroadPoint Technologies in the Washington, DC area. She is a recognized Healthcare SharePoint SME and has spoken at numerous user groups, SharePoint Saturdays and national conferences on enterprise architecture, Agile project management, and systems integration including SharePoint Best Practices 2011, Microsoft Convergence 2011 and SharePoint Saturday NYC. She is also a founding member of Women in SharePoint and a leader of Women in SharePoint DC user group. Her recent work focuses on SharePoint architecture, migration, and upgrades for complex intranet, business intelligence and supply chain redesign for military and civilian agencies and private sector clients leveraging MS SharePoint, Project Server and Dynamics GP and CRM as well as legacy and domain specific LOB applications.

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