The Future of SharePoint and Dan Holme


Bright Futures

Just two weeks ago, Microsoft released SharePoint Server 2016 to manufacturing, and the future of SharePoint looks brighter than ever.  Coincidentally, as we reached the vernal equinox and spring officially began, it’s a time for renewal and renaissance for me as well.

A case study in renewal and renaissance can be found right in front of us. Over the last few years, I’ve watched Microsoft transform its business, its culture, its products and services, and its relationship with partners, customers, and the community. It’s been exciting to see so much progress from such a mammoth and globally significant organization. I’ve also watched the incredibly talented SharePoint team, under the leadership of Jeff Teper and Seth Patton, celebrate the success of a multi-billion dollar product and chart a course for its future.

That team has trusted me and my fellow MVPs with a glimpse into Microsoft’s vision for SharePoint and Office 365 as the platform for collaboration and content management in the increasingly mobile-first world of connected workplaces, dynamic teams, agile projects, and productivity at the speed of the cloud.

I strongly believe that future of SharePoint is bright, indeed.  I’ve been inspired by SharePoint, by my customers, my team at IT Unity, the community, and my exceptional friends and colleagues at Microsoft to make a major personal and professional commitment to SharePoint’s future. 

It’s with great pleasure, honor, and extreme humility that I share with you the fortunate news that I will be joining Microsoft as the Director of Product Marketing for SharePoint, starting March 28th.

For more than two decades, I’ve built my career by aligning with Microsoft, on the side of customers. I’ve been lucky enough to work with talented people at almost every Fortune 100 company on the planet, and most of the Fortune 500 and Global 1000. I’ve tried to help them navigate and to map their strategic objectives and tactical needs with the capabilities in Microsoft’s servers and services. 

The fact that Microsoft has opened its arms to me speaks volumes to the tone inside the SharePoint organization. The team is committed to deepening its connection to all of its constituents, inside Microsoft, at customers, partners, and throughout the community.

I hope, now, to humbly contribute whatever I can to help guide and evolve SharePoint, to positively impact hundreds of millions of people that rely on SharePoint to get work done, and to collaborate with my peers at Microsoft, partners, customers, and the community to ensure that SharePoint continues to unleash individual productivity and to unlock the power of the team, on-premises, in the cloud, and in every hybrid scenario in between.

I’ll work directly with great friends of the SharePoint community, including people like Seth Patton, General Manager of SharePoint and OneDrive, Bill Baer, Mark Kashman, Chris McNulty and Jeremy Thake with an extended SharePoint and OneDrive organization filled with brilliant and passionate folks on the marketing team and on the engineering team under the visionary leadership of Jeff Teper.

I am beyond ecstatic at the opportunity that lies ahead. I will be learning so much, from so many exceptionally smart individuals, and from a company that has demonstrated extraordinary levels of technical vision and corporate citizenship.

In the same spirit of renewal and renaissance, IT Unity—the effort I co-founded that has led to a trusted source of information, training, and solutions for the SharePoint and Office 365 community—is taking an exciting step as well. Over the coming days, we will announce what we've been cooking to take IT Unity to the next level.

I look forward to staying in close touch with the IT Unity community and with the diverse and vibrant SharePoint and Office 365 communities. If you want to follow me and my adventures, and to join the conversation about the future of SharePoint, here's how.

I am ever in deep gratitude for each of you in the SharePoint and IT community that have walked, shared, and supported me on this journey together. Your spirit drives me forward and I can’t wait to share with you what my new peers at Microsoft have been creating behind closed doors.

SharePoint’s future is bright. I’m honored and thankful that my future is bright. May your future be bright as well!