Liam Cleary

Solution Architect,
Microsoft MVP
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Liam Cleary began his career as a trainer of all things computer related. He quickly realized that programming, breaking into and hacking computers was a lot more fun. He spent the next few years working within core infrastructure and security services until he found SharePoint. He now works as a Solution Architect for Protiviti in Virginia. His core focus is to ensure that SharePoint does exactly what it is meant to do and insure that it is secure and protected correctly. Cleary is also an eight time SharePoint MVP focusing on architecture but also crosses the boundary into development. He can often be found at user groups or conferences speaking, offering advice, spending time in the community, teaching his kids how to code using Raspberry PI Programming, hacking the planet or building Lego robots. Read his blog here.

Notes from the Field: The SharePoint Framework

So, by now you should have heard the SharePoint Framework is now available within Office 365, as it hit GA the other week. This is a big milestone and one that we should all take note of now. 

Notes from the Field: Office 365 and Content Delivery Network (CDN)

As you work with Office 365, and then with SharePoint Online, there comes a time where you need to store some static images, CSS or JavaScript that you need to cache so that it does not make the site slower than it needs to be. That’s where a Content Delivery Network or commonly called CDN can be used.

SharePoint and Machine Learning

So, by now you should have all heard about machine learning and what it can do for us. If you haven’t head of the Wikipedia page below and read about it:

Of course, it talks about artificial intelligence etc. all the things that we are not quite sure about. However, what it does say the following: 

SharePoint Teams, Groups and Skype

I use Slack, I have used it for a while now, but at work we don’t use Slack we basically use Skype for business (albeit a little slack). I am probably like most users of company system, where you use really what is installed on the corporate build of the workstation of laptop. I am great advocate of this idea, but I also like free-form collaboration and using tools that are right for the job, which often Skype for Business on its own is not.

SharePoint disaster recovery in Microsoft Azure

So, there are three key questions we should be asking:

What are you doing for you SharePoint disaster recovery? 
Do you have separate farms, using availability groups, stretched farm or nothing?
What is SharePoint disaster recovery?

Cloud based Collaboration within Office 365

Office 365 is a great platform to use for any business size. The cost, time to implement and usage makes it a very compelling solution no matter on what features you wish to utilize. One topic that it is close to what I do is “Collaboration”. Most of the clients I work with require some level of collaboration between either internal groups, departments or external teams, probably like most of us do. This feature set is available within Office 365b and has been for some time. The core components historically have been SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

IT Trends for 2017

Well we are now a few weeks into 2017, so now seems like a great time to look at what great technologies to look out for this year. Last year was a great year for new cutting edge technology slowly creeping into what we all do. Social is of course the biggest driver for both personal and business more than ever, last year saw most vendors make sweeping moves to try and capture this. You can see this with many applications that have gained specific features that each other has to try and win us all over.

Developing a Mobile Application for SharePoint

You are sitting in a meeting at work, and someone says “wouldn’t it be great if we could have a mobile application that would allow our users to complete X within SharePoint?” or was it the one where someone says “we need a SharePoint Mobile App for our site?”. If this is something that has been discussed with your organization, then I feel your pain as you try to understand why we would build mobile apps that talk to SharePoint.


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