Why there is a shortage of SharePoint experts
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Interesting discussion. I dont see a shortage of SharePoint experts, theyre just "wedded" to long-term contract or internal it teams, there doesnt seem to be a high level of attrition for Sharepoint experts (opposite is true for Sharepoint newbies). Also seems as though "SharePoint Experts" with a high-level of business focus is lacking in the community, probably only circa 1%. This is one reason were creating new services from 21apps to help orgs that are struggling with finding the SharePoint experts at the right time & duration to be able to access experts from 21apps & our "friends". Antony Clay
I'm not sure there is such a thing as a "SharePoint Expert". There are folks out there that know it inside and out from an admin perspective that couldn't write a line of .NET code to save their life and vice versa. And neither of those types of folks are typically good in a analyst role working with the business to transform SharePoint into something that is actually usable within an organization. And don't forget about the database, storage, network, and security pieces...because I'm not sure you can truly be a "SharePoint Expert" without deep knowledge in each of these disciplines. These "Experts" also better have some knowledge of content management, records management, workflow/process management, business intelligence, web design, and a host of other complementary skills/specialties. Rob D'Oria
There is no such thing as a 'SharePoint expert' because there are a huge range of SharePoint roles that cannot be encompassed by a single individual. For example, are we talking about expertise in SharePoint farm administration, multiple farm administration, enterprise search, FAST search and FAST search applications, workflow, electronic forms, BCS, Business intelligence, portal design, excel services, user interface design and UX, user centricity, hierarchical news provisioning services, information architecture, business analysis, business adoption and training for SharePoint, application development, line of business application integration, Programme and project design, central administration - the list is simply endless. Ian McNiece
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Denis started his path to SharePoint after being .Net developer for 6 years. As a consultant he worked on large SharePoint projects for RBS and BAE Systems. Currently, he is helping BNP Paribas in London to improve internal communications by providing advance customisation and governance capabilities for their SharePoint implementation at Fixed Income department. The common characteristics of these projects are strong governance features that allow users to request, create, manage, and retire Site Collections on demand in the strictly controlled environments. Also, as a director of the Microsoft BizSpark partner company Arfada Ltd he works on development of the 3rd party SharePoint component that would provide some missing features in out-of the box SharePoint.
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