Looking through the WayBackMachine

When you have spent over a decade specialising in a certain technology stack and its related solutions you get to a point where everything you have done in the past is resurfaced with a new coat of paint with some new ‘modern’ words added to the mix of jargon to make it look appealing to the masses. Back in 2007 (yes I said 2007) this is what my blog looked like. (Thanks Internet Archive). That version of my blog was hosted on WSS (Windows SharePoint Services 3.0) with a custom skin called EBE (Enhanced Blog Edition) from a guy called Vincent Rothwell.

Way Back in August 2007
What Chandima.net looked like way back in August 2007

Fast forward to 2016 – I will be more or less talking about the same topic at TechED Ignite Conference in Auckland in October. Back in 2007 I talked about upgrading to MOSS (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007), a big milestone in the SharePoint technology space where the concept of ‘cloud’ or ‘hybrid’ as services didn’t exist yet.

My talk in October 2016 at Ignite will be about upgrading SharePoint <insert version> to the latest and greatest 2016 version. This time however there is also the option of going ‘cloud’ and being ‘hybrid’ which provides some level of complexity depending on who you talk to.

It is rather timely that I have ventured into writing about SharePoint again since it is as Chris points out rightly “SharePoint’s next epoch“. Over the coming months I am aiming to return to writing about the next evolution on SharePoint and related technologies such as Azure, Office365 and anything in between.

It’s been fantastic to see the rise of cloud services and maturing of Azure as a platform where nowadays anything is truly possible if you are diligent enough to do your homework and be flexible in your expectations that cloud is about utility computing.