One of two named "Most Inspiring New Contributors," Wendy Neal brings a passion to her work that carries over to her writing. An active member of the SharePoint community, Wendy combines a developer's background with an understanding that at the end of the day, it comes down to the user. Find out what excites Wendy about her field.
Who are you — in a 140-character tweet? I'm a SharePoint Consultant specializing in development, branding and business process improvement. I'm also a writer and a speaker.
What attracted you to your field — and what still excites you about it? I was first attracted to SharePoint in 2007 when I was a .Net web developer. I could immediately see the benefits from a development standpoint. It was super easy to stand up a website that already contained a lot of the framework and features that developers at the time were building over and over again, including security, authentication, navigation and admin screens. With SharePoint, we could quickly create a site that contained all of these features, and then we could develop on top of the platform to add additional features that were more fun to implement.
The thing that still excites me about SharePoint is the complexity of it. I'm learning new things every single day. And also the global SharePoint community is absolutely amazing! You can definitely pull your hair out some days, and having the community there to help you when you face challenges is awesome.
What’s your proudest accomplishment of 2013? I've always wanted to write a book, and that dream came true when I co-authored a SharePoint and jQuery book titled Black Magic Solutions for White Hat SharePoint with Mark Miller and several other great SharePoint authors.
What’s your goal, personal or professional, for 2014? I just want to continue to contribute as much as I can (as my scheduled permits) to the SharePoint Community through my blog, writing articles for CMSWire, continuing to be a Community Rep for SharePoint-Community.net and speaking at a couple SharePoint Saturdays and conferences when I can.
What's an important story you will be tracking in 2014? I'm very interested to see who will be appointed as the new CEO of Microsoft in 2014. Microsoft faces many challenges in both the mobile and legacy PC industries, as well as building a better brand name for itself. Its new CEO will play a huge part in the success (or failure).
What’s the one New Year resolution you always make — and always break? I don’t generally make New Year's resolutions. That being said, I did make one last year that I didn't keep the entire year — to stop eating potato chips. I generally eat pretty healthy, but potato chips are my biggest vice.
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