Meet the speaker of our upcoming NYC Enterprise Collaboration Meetup, Matthew Bailey. A hard-working, ambitious, and approachable SharePoint all-rounder, who was born and raised in the Mid-West, and currently residing in Washington D.C. He started his IT career focusing on Lotus Notes and made the leap to SharePoint almost 10 years ago. He’s not only been active in the SharePoint world as a consultant and technical ninja: Matthew also adds value to the SharePoint communities across the country by speaking at many events and blogging regularly. And, if that isn’t enough for you yet… his first book is about to be released by the end of this year!
Kick start your SharePoint/Office 365 project today! Read the article, get to know the knowledgeable SharePoint guru Matthew Bailey, and join us on Tuesday, November 7 in the Microsoft Technology Center in New York City to engage in a powerful conversation about SharePoint and Office 365 for Business Analysts.
What’s your passion? How did you get into IT?
“Funny you should ask: the reason I originally got interested in IT was the money. I was startled to find out that all those IT guys made somewhere between $50-$100 an hour, whereas I was hustling for only $12 an hour. That’s when I realized I needed to get into this tech world and see where that would lead me. It’s been a bumpy ride, but absolutely worth the fight!”
What was your most difficult project/client, and what did you do to ensure success nevertheless?
“Government agencies can be a pain in the you-know-what to work with. In one project that comes to mind, there was a lot of turnover in team members involved with the project, which caused an issue with training them to use the solution appropriately. On top of that, there were unrealistic expectations, specifically when comparing that to the budget that was made available. To top it off, when working with a government agency the regulations are stricter than strict, and the level of security is immensely high.
Taking this project to the finish line took commitment, hard work, excellent planning, and an ongoing stream of communication. I kept asking questions to ensure my understanding was correct, and all parties involved were aligned with my proposed approach.”
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
“Hmm, there’s not one specific project or thing that comes to mind right away… *Gives it some thought.* One thing that I’m proud of is the fact that I’ve successfully completed all the professional projects I took on in the past 20 years. Yes; there were obstacles and hardships, but I’ve always managed to work through that with all the people that were involved, and lead the project to a good ending.”
What is so fascinating about SharePoint?
“One thing that draws me in, is the dual functionality of SharePoint. It can be both a platform where people collaborate on and manage their content and a place where the IT department can build out solutions to support the organization. It’s a program and a developers’ platform in one!
Another thing that fascinates me is what a powerful business solution it is, but (when customized and deployed poorly) how sensitive it also can be to failure.”
What’s the coolest SharePoint feature?
“Wow, you want me to pick one thing?! There are a few things that stand out for me. What SharePoint does really well is workflows and process automations, its search functionality is pretty outstanding, and it’s a great tool to start and manage team projects quickly and smoothly.”
What’s the biggest/most heard complaint about SharePoint?
“I’ve heard ‘SharePoint is slow and it can’t handle large loads.’ many times and another one that has been around for a while is ‘Microsoft keeps changing it too much.’ I can understand both complaints, and given I’ve been around for a while I can address most of the complaints I come across easily.”
Can you share your “golden SharePoint tip” with us?
“Before you do anything: Pause! Look at the current situation, understand the needs and wants, and think about the setup. When you fully understand all the requirements, and only then, move forward and start building and customizing the solution.”
Why should nobody skip the upcoming NYC Enterprise Collaboration Meetup?
“Everyone who joins this Meetup will walk away with a plan to ensure that the SharePoint/Office 365 project you have envisioned/started will be a success story! I’ll share a ton of real-world examples of issues I had to deal with during SharePoint projects and will explain a few warning signs that everyone involved with the project should be on the lookout for.”
What/who was your favorite and most ideal project/client?
“I enjoyed working on the McDonalds project a lot! They were very design focused; it needed to work smoothly and look sleek. It was a pleasure working with their team, and the project that I delivered was fulfilling: I was proud of the work I had delivered!”