It’s been a wonderful 7 years as an MVP

After 7 years of being a BizTalk / Integration MVP (since 2006) I want to thank you all for reading and commenting on my various publications and other musings. Hope you enjoyed (at least some of) it as well.

It’s been interesting to say the least and I’m glad I was an integral part of making Microsoft’s integration middleware what it is today: fantastic!

In the past year, I still wrote a lot (6 white papers, 12 articles and quite some blogs posts) and managed to be the technical editor of BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed (what an honor!) and the technical reviewer of Thomas Erl’s Cloud Computing: Concepts & Technology (due in May). And I also did quite some speaking gigs.

Although Integration (and SOA) is at the heart of everything I do in my job, I did find out that more and more of my publications are around SharePoint and BPM (including the Business Critical SharePoint seminars and publications which revolve around BPM, Integration and BI as well). I always try to make technology and concepts understandable for business folks as well. Sometimes they get it 😉.

What I also tried to do is bring all this wonderful stuff to the community in The Netherlands (and of course Belgium and some Dutch colonies and maybe South Africa) so I started to write a lot more in my native language Dutch (such as “SharePoint als Social Enterprise Platform”, “SharePoint als Document Management System” and “SharePoint als Enterprise Portal”). I found out that the Dutch community actually really likes reading stuff in their own language once in a while so I’ve decided to continue to do that. But every now and then you’ll still see an English document or article popping up, like “Guidance for Integration Architecture on the Microsoft Business Platform” or “Service Driven SharePoint Enterprise Portal Design”.

I’m certainly not going to change my exhibitional behavior now that I’m a “former MVP”, so stay tuned anyway 😉

BizTalk, Azure and SharePoint (and especially the combination) rock(s)!

Cheers, Gijs

p.s., here’s the short version of my MVP profile from the past 3 years, containing links to most of the publications:

  • Blogs
    • Motion10 CTO Blog
      Motion10’s CTO Blog reports about trends and events in the cloud computing, integration and portals areas and how it applies to our customers.
    • Gijs’ BizTalk Notes
      My BizTalk Blog
  • Books
    • Cloud Computing: Concepts and Technology
      Windows Azure
      Prentice Hall
      Gaining a vendor-neutral understanding of cloud computing from an industry perspective empowers you the clarity necessary to determine what is factually cloud-related and what is not, as well as what is relevant to your business requirements and what is not. With this information you can establish criteria that will allow you to filter out the parts of the cloud computing product and service provider marketplaces to focus on what has the most potential to help you and your business to succeed. We developed this book to assist you with this goal. I was one of the official technical reviewers for this book, authored by Thomas Erl. May 2013
    • BizTalk Server 2010 Unleashed
      BizTalk
      SAMS
      Technical Editor for this BizTalk 2010 Developer Reference written by a team of BizTalk veterans (Brian Loesgen, Scott Colestock, Jan Eliasen, Charles Young, Anush Kumar, Jon Flanders). I also wrote the Closing Notes chapter.
      September 22, 2011
  • eMagazine articles
    • Meer domme klanten vinden of blijven innoveren?
      SharePoint Server
      Computable
      This article (in Dutch) in the largest online IT Magazine in The Netherlands is about innovating the innovation process by means of social enterprise tooling such as SharePoint.
      March 20, 2013
      Audience: 70000
    • Bring Your Own Business Process
      SharePoint Server
      Computable
      This article (in Dutch) in the largest online ICT magazine in the Netherlands is about bringing your own business process and running it in SharePoint.
      December 21, 2012
      Audience: 70000
    • Innovatie door slimme integratie
      Windows Azure
      Computable.nl
      This article (in Dutch) in the largest online ICT magazine in the Netherlands Computable.nl is about the importance of integration for innovation.
      November 23, 2012
      Audience: 70000
    • Vertel de klant wat hij wil
      SharePoint Server
      Computable.nl
      Article (Dutch) in the largest online IT magazine in the Netherlands about the difficulty of requirements management and how tools, good communication skills and a product management approach can help.
      October 18, 2012
      Audience: 70000
    • Ik wens u veel apps
      BizTalk
      Computable
      Article (in Dutch) in de largest online IT magazine about the importance of SOA based integration architecture for apps.
      September 26, 2012
      Audience: 70000
    • Outsource de Business in plaats van de IT
      Windows Azure
      Computable
      Article (in Dutch) in de largest online IT magazine about the importance of BPM+SOA implementations and how that can help outsourcing the Business instead of the IT.
      August 27, 2012
      Audience: 70000
    • Service Driven SharePoint Enterprise Portal Design
      SharePoint Server
      Service Technology Magazine (Arcitura Education Inc.)
      This article in Service Technology Magazine helps understand how a service driven enterprise portal design with SharePoint as the front-end and Microsoft’s SOA based integration middleware underneath enables the use of composite services to help build more efficient, scalable and supportable central workspaces that can be used in modern BYOD environments.
      July 26, 2012
    • Cloudwatervrees?
      Windows Azure
      Computable
      Article in the largest ICT magazine in the Netherlands about cloud adoption by early adopters and laggards.
      June 29, 2012
      Audience: 70000
    • Past het bedrijfsproces wel bij het klantproces?
      SharePoint Server
      Computable.nl
      This article in the largest online IT magazine in the Netherlands (in Dutch) is about how SharePoint with BPM and SOA can create flexible business process environments that can actually be aligned to the customer processes.
      May 18, 2012
      Audience: 70000
    • Guidance for Integration Architecture on the Microsoft Business Platform
      BizTalk
      Service Technology Magazine (Arcitura Education Inc.)
      This article is geared to help CIOs, IT managers and architects understand: when to use BizTalk Server, SQL Server, Windows Server AppFabric; when to use Azure Service Bus; when to use hybrid integration architecture; the Federated Enterprise Service Bus (ESB); integration of PaaS and SaaS applications; and how to design future proof integration patterns.
      April 25, 2012
    • Intranet supports business process
      SharePoint Server
      Computable.nl
      This article (in Dutch) is about how Intranets are changing from internal publication channel to a platform that is inevitable for your day-to-day work and therefore becomes the responsibility of the CIO instead of the communications department.
      March 23, 2012
      Audience: 70000
    • SaaS and the necessity to integrate
      Windows Azure
      Computable.nl
      This article (in Dutch) in the largest online IT Magazine in The Netherlands talks about the necessity to integratie SaaS apps and how to do that. Also talks about bridge with on-premise.
      February 27, 2012
      Audience: 70000
    • Tijd voor Software Architecture 2.0
      BizTalk
      Computable
      This article (Dutch) in the largest online IT Magazine in The Netherlands is about SOA (or: Architecture 2.0 as I call it).
      February 11, 2011
      Audience: 70000
    • Met Microsoft in de Wolken in 2011
      Windows Azure
      Computable
      This article (Dutch) in the largest online IT magazine in The Netherlands is about Cloud adoption in 2011.
      January 18, 2011
      Audience: 70000
  • Magazine articles
    • Microsoft in Business Integration
      BizTalk
      Array Publications
      Article in Business Process Magazine (NL) about business integration with BizTalk, SharePoint and SQL.
      December 16, 2010
      Audience: 10000
    • Social Media / Security with SharePoint
      SharePoint Server
      Microsoft
      Co-wrote two articles for the Dutch TechNet magazine discussing how to use SharePoint to implement a social media solution behind the firewall and how to arrange your security in and around SharePoint.
      July 15, 2010
      Audience: 18000
    • ESB for SharePoint
      BizTalk
      Microsoft
      Article in TechNet magazine (NL) describing how BizTalk Server can be implemented as an ESB for SharePoint to make SharePoint as a universal user interface more manageable and provide composite services and transactionality.
      February 25, 2010
      Audience: 18000
    • Optimizing processes
      BizTalk
      Tijdschrift IT Management
      Article on optimizing processes with BizTalk Server and SharePoing
      October 16, 2009
      Audience: 10000
    • SOA Governance
      BizTalk
      Automatisering Gids
      Article on the need for SOA Governance
      May 15, 2009
      Audience: 60000
  • White papers
    • SharePoint as a Social Enterprise Platform
      SharePoint Server
      Motion10
      This paper (in Dutch) helps businesses to understand what it means to implement and adopt SharePoint as a social enterprise platform.
      March 12, 2013
    • Supportability and Operation of Microsoft BizTalk Server
      BizTalk
      motion10
      Provided my input and did the technical edit and final review of the technical white paper “Supportability and Operation of Microsoft BizTalk Server”
      December 19, 2012
      Audience: 5000
    • SharePoint Strategie Advies – business paper
      SharePoint Server
      motion10
      This paper (in Dutch) helps companies develop a vision, goals, business case and implementation approach for new of renewed business critical SharePoint implementations.
      August 14, 2012
    • Guidance for integration architecture on the Microsoft business platform
      BizTalk
      motion10
      This paper provides customers (CIOs, IT Managers and architects) with insight on the Microsoft integration technologies and roadmaps and guidance on how to design future proof integration solutions, on-premise, in the cloud or in a hybrid fashion.
      March 20, 2012
    • Duet Enterprise in real-life
      SharePoint Server
      motion10
      This (Dutch) paper describes what Duet Enteprise is and how it can be implemented an used by discussing 4 typical scenarios.
      February 29, 2012
    • SharePoint as a Document Management System (Dutch)
      SharePoint Server
      motion10
      This (Dutch) paper describes what a document management system actually is and details the 10 steps to a successful DMS implementation with SharePoint.
      February 23, 2012
    • SharePoint 2010 Integration Best Practices
      SharePoint Server
      motion10
      This technical white paper discusses best practices on SharePoint 2010 integration, including Search, BCS and Service Layers suchs as Duet Enterprise and BizTalk Server. I provided input and was the technical editor of this paper.
      November 22, 2011
    • SharePoint als Enterprise Portal
      BizTalk
      motion10
      This business paper (Dutch) discusses scenarios and business cases for the CIO to implement SharePoint as an Enterprise Portal using a service layer (BizTalk) to
      November 17, 2011
    • SharePoint as a Central Workspace
      SharePoint Server
      motion10
      A white paper on how to implement SharePoint as a central workspace making optimal use of the Application Platform including SQL Server and BizTalk Server. Including best practices and lessons learned.
      November 30, 2010
    • ESB for SharePoint – White Paper
      BizTalk
      Microsoft
      Discusses how and when to implement BizTalk Server as an ESB underneath SharePoint in order to make it a true central work environment
      June 1, 2010
    • BizTalk + SharePoint: 1+1=3 Technical White Paper
      BizTalk
      Gijsbert in ‘t Veld & Wesley Bakker
      This white paper describes best practices for BizTalk & SharePoint integration, focusing on Exception Handling, Workflow integration & Dashboard.
      March 25, 2009

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