If you go to a SharePoint conference, chances are high that Christian Buckley will be there. An active member of the SharePoint community, Christian travels the Western United States and the greater world spreading the SharePoint love. Find out how Christian found his passion in this interview.
An Interview with Christian Buckley
CMSWire: What first brought you to the information management industry?
Christian Buckley: I’ve been working in high-tech for almost 22 years, beginning with a hardware re-seller outside of Sacramento, California. While my degrees are in business and marketing, I started as a business analyst and then a technical project manager, and was just always attracted to the technology sector. I love the variety -- of projects and of people.
CMSWire: What project are you working on now that you'd like the readers to know about?
Christian: I just wrapped up a year-long series of governance surveys and I am about to publish the whitepaper. I will follow up in January with an e-book on best practices for building and implementing a governance strategy based on the survey findings. I’ll also be sharing some of the details in my keynote address at the European SharePoint Conference in Copenhagen in February.
Other than that, I am writing four or five articles a week through a number of communities and blogs, and reviewing books by a couple friends, and preparing to work on a 2013 version of my book, "Microsoft SharePoint 2010: Creating and Implementing Real-World Projects" for MS Press.
CMSWire: What excites you most about your field today?
Christian: From the SharePoint standpoint, it’s the fact that the dialog is moving from an infrastructure conversation to a business conversation. Don’t get me wrong, the infrastructure of people in SharePoint are some of the brightest out there, and you will continue to need their expertise. At the end of the day, SharePoint is a business platform.
What we need are more experts on what to do with the platform rather than the nuts and bolts of keeping it running. But my entire world is not SharePoint. As a technology evangelist and corporate strategist, I love talking to people about broader collaboration and knowledge management topics -- an area in which I've been involved in since 1997.
Many of the niche technologies we've been playing with for 10+ years are beginning to go mainstream (social, real-time analytics, big data, product life-cycle management) and that is very exciting.
CMSWire: Was there ever an "aha" moment in your career and if so, what was it?