Announcing the Top 25 SharePoint Influencers for 2014

HomeLast Wednesday at the Microsoft SharePoint Conference in Las Vegas – in a clear lapse of judgment – harmon.ie named me the seventh most influential SharePoint person for 2014. Read more in Announcing the Top 25 SharePoint Influencers for 2014 on the harmon.ie blog.

I’m honored and humbled to be recognized as even in the same league as the other 24 people on the list. They are some of the smartest and most dedicated people in the SharePoint community. I hardly belong there with them. Thanks to harmon.ie for the recognition. Thanks also to anyone out there who finds my musings and activities useful and voted for me for this honor.

The Top 10

  • Andrew Connell, Co-Founder, Co-Host, Microsoft Cloud Show (@andrewconnell).
  • Joel Oleson, Global Collaboration Evangelist, Community Builder and Strategist (@joeloleson).
  • Todd Klindt, SharePoint Consultant, Rackspace Hosting (@toddklindt).
  • Christian Buckley, Chief Evangelist, Metalogix (@buckleyplanet).
  • Laura Rogers, Senior SharePoint Consultant, Rackspace Hosting (@WonderLaura).
  • Jeremy Thake, VP of Global Product Innovation, AvePoint Inc. (@jthake).
  • Marc D. Anderson, Management and Technology Consultant, Sympraxis Consulting LLC (@sympmarc).
  • Dux Raymond Sy, VP of Customer Strategy & Solutions, AvePoint Public Sector (@meetdux).
  • Jeff Willinger, Director of Collaboration, Social Business and Intranets, Rightpoint, World-wide SharePoint Speaker and Evangelist (@jwillie).
  • Spencer Harbar, Managing Director, Triumph Media Limited, Enterprise Architect, Microsoft (@harbars)

As a service to the business community, harmon.ie has commissioned the third annual ranking of the “Top 25 SharePoint Influencers.”  Prominent industry analyst Dana Gartner and Scratch Marketing + Media were tapped to identify those leaders who are helping others navigate the SharePoint/Yammer platform. Based on a finalist list of top 100 SharePoint professionals, a weighted formula was used to identify the top 25 U.S. SharePoint influencers. Selection was based on: each professional’s SharePoint knowledge and business impact; digital and social presence and influence; blog reach and frequency; depth of SharePoint topic coverage; citations by other influential bloggers; and more than 3,000 qualified community votes.

Rogue IT Horror Story vs. Opportunity

harmon.ieOne of the big players in the SharePoint space, harmon.ie, is currently running a contest to collect the best “Rogue IT Horror Story”. If you have a story and want a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy S IV or a Trip to the Microsoft SharePoint Conference 2014 in Las Vegas in March, by all means head on over and submit your story.

Rogue IT users aren’t intending to harm their companies, they’re just trying to find the most efficient ways to get their work done. But this ‘efficiency’ comes at a high price: a recent survey found that 27% of workers who went rogue — and used consumer or unsanctioned apps for work — reported immediate and direct repercussions to the tune of $2 billion in penalties, lost business, data leakage and clean-up costs.

Mark Fidelman has a post about the contest on EndUserSharePoint today which prompted me to comment and write this post.

The problem that I have with the phrasing of contest and the thinking around it is it sets up more of the us vs. them thinking that ruins IT’s reputation in any organization.

These “horror stories” shouldn’t be water cooler jokes for IT (the most common thing I see in large organizations). They should be seen as opportunities for IT to offer improved services and support. Instead, they are usually met with increased lockdowns and policing which simply causes more effort expended to go around IT.

Every well-intentioned person who circumvents the “right” way to accomplish something:

  • Is trying to get something done in performance of their job
  • Most likely has met with a “no” – or the dreaded “no budget” – response from IT
  • Doesn’t trust that IT will help them or understand their needs
  • Has turned to the best approach they can figure out

We technologists should see these instances as excellent opportunities, not horror stories. We should strive to help people in our organizations before anything ever gets near some potential $500 million loss (which I frankly question as anything more than a great story).