This is me. I’m Thomas Odell Balkeståhl and this is my blog. In the ‘first version’ of this blog (2011 – 2017), I have written around 125 posts and guides about SharePoint, Office 365, Windows Server and a few other topics. Today these have generated over 3.5 Million views…wow! Thanks for the interest. The last post however in the first version happened in early 2017.
Since then I have completely changed focus in my work life, from collaboration to all in Azure. I’m now a Microsoft certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert. This is the area that I will post about from now (Jan/2020) on.
Azure Architecture – IaaS/PaaS – Cost management – Governance – Security – Basically, everything and nothing…
Use any information you find on this blog at your own discretion, but please remember where you found it!
I am a humble IT servant that has been in the business full time since 95, more precisely since only a few weeks after the release of the revolutionizing new operating system Windows 95. Many product releases, certifications, employers, job roles and years later, I am now completely in love with SharePoint. It was not love at first site, I doubt that it is for anyone…but once you get to know this individual, you learn that you can never get enough, or rather…you will never learn enough. For some it is the other way around though, pure hate. My faithful commitment to SharePoint started in 2007 when I worked at Microsoft Support trying desperately to help everyone.
One pretty interesting anecdote that I can share with everyone is this, my very first real meeting with SharePoint was co-hosting a SharePoint Portal Server 2001 presentation as a technical account manager for Microsoft, we were presenting for HP and a bunch of customers they had invited. It was a tough crowd and nobody really got what this new ‘SharePoint’ product would be good for, it certainly wasn’t any good for document management, that was the general feeling …me and my presale engineer left and when we got back to the Microsoft office, we learned that something terrible had happened. The day of my first real encounter with SharePoint was on September 11th 2001. 9-11
And yes, I really hate listing this stuff, but it seems like a general rule to list the acronyms, so here we go, just for fun, this is what I have on paper YTD:
MCSA | MCITP | MCTS | MCSA | MCSD | MCDBA | MCSE (x4) | MCP | Microsoft certified Azure Fundamentals | Microsoft certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert
Between April 1 2013 and March 31 2014, I was awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) title from Microsoft on SharePoint Server.