Over the past few weeks, Microsoft has announced a series of groundbreaking and innovative technology. Windows 8, Office 2013, and of course, the Surface computer all promise to change the way we interact with our computers, at home and at work. And next week, we can expect some more big announcements at the Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Conference in Las Vegas.
SharePoint is important because it is Microsoft’s social and collaboration platform, used by 4 out of 5 Fortune 500 companies, with over 125 million users. And according to Microsoft, SharePoint 2013 is going to represent "a new way to share your work and work with others, organize your projects and teams and discover people and information." But as an enterprise platform, companies need help in understanding how to employ SharePoint technology to solve real business problems. Increasingly, this help comes from mavens who are active in online professional communities.
As a service to the business community, harmon.ie, the social software company, posted its second annual "Top 25 Most Influential Online SharePoint Influencers" list. The list, compiled by Mark Fidelman, CEO of Evolve!, a social business consultancy, and leading social strategist of the Top 25 Influencer Award, analyzed the online impact of more than 700 prominent SharePoint thought leaders whose blogs and tweets provide a road map for using SharePoint to build stronger collaborative and social enterprises.
Fidelman says that "users are looking for better social solutions, adoption strategies and innovative approaches to business problems…and these 25 individuals are passionate advocates, who are re-defining the value of social community and collaboration."
To determine the top 25 influencers, analysts used a formula designed to determine retweet frequency, blog reach, citations by other influential bloggers and related factors measuring the impact of individual SharePoint community members. Each factor was weighted and the results were ranked.
The top 10 influencers are:
1. Joel Oleson (@joeloleson, sharepointjoel.com), the first dedicated SharePoint administrator; a SharePoint content and collaboration solutions manager at LDS Church.
2. Mark Miller (@eusp, nothingbutsharepoint.com), founder and editor of the EndUserSharePoint.com community.
3. Andrew Connell (@andrewconnell, andrewconnell.com), co-founder, instructor and speaker at SharePoint education and training company Critical Path Training.
4. Laura Rogers (@WonderLaura, wonderlaura.com), a Microsoft MVP and senior SharePoint specialist at Rackspace Hosting.
5. John Mancini (@jmancini77, digitallandfill.org/), president of AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) International.
6. Todd Klindt (@toddklindt, toddklindt.com), a professional computer consultant for more than 15 years, currently at Rackspace.
7. Dux Raymond Sy (@meetdux, meetdux.com), SharePoint MVP at Microsoft, event chair at SharePoint Saturday and managing partner at Innovative-e, Inc.
8. Jeremy Thake (@jthake, made4the.net), enterprise architect at AvePoint.
9. Mike Herrity (@mikeherrity, sharepointineducation.com), assistant head teacher at Twynham School in Christchurch, Dorset.
10. Michael Gannoti (@gannoti, michaelgannotti.com), as a technical architect for one of the world’s largest software companies.
The complete list is shown below. For more information about the award, read the official blog post.
* Disclaimer – the author is an executive at harmon.ie.
Author David Lavenda is a high-tech product strategy and marketing executive at harmon.ie. He also does academic research on information overload in organizations and he is an international scholar for the Society for the History of Technology. He tweets from @dlavenda.
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