Speaking Engagements

I’m passionate about technology and have been speaking about various related topics for a long time… most recently about blockchain, cybersecurity, identity, technology strategy and Fintech but a long history of Microsoft platforms over 20 years (including SharePoint, Office 365, CRM, Yammer and Azure).

Previous Talks

October 18th 2017 – 2017 Channel Island Cybersecurity Summit 

As Group Chief Technology Officer for C5 Alliance, Gus leads the strategic technical direction for the company and for our clients. Utilising his experience, Gus’ talk will address the imbalance of cybersecurity knowledge at board level and empower attendees to consider ways in which they can engage with cybersecurity practices to de-risk their businesses and future proof their strategy. A real must for C-level executives.

June 29th 2017 – Cybercrime Forum – The Current Cybersecurity Threat Landscape

In this session we will cover the top threats to businesses in the Channel Islands with examples of the nature of the threat (e.g. Ransomware, Phishing) and approaches to mitigating the risks facing your business. We will also cover common misconceptions and myths about approaches to cybersecurity and what you can do to protect and prepare your business.

May 25th 2017 – Private Wealth Conference Technology Panel

Technology: The power to transform

March 1st 2017 – Channel Islands Trusts Conference

Trusts & Fintech – digital strategy & relevant innovations in Fintech

December 8th 2016 – Leadership Forum

Keeping up with technology: mandatory for success

A half hour talk delivered to senior leaders at the Jersey International Business School.

November 11th 2016 – IoT Smart Island Panel

Jersey has established an Internet of Things working group which includes a cross-section of utilities, the department for Infrastructure and tech companies. This panel discussion hosted by IOT Analyst Ian Hughes invites experts to discuss their own company initiatives, then give thoughts on what a smart island economy could invest in. From marine research to wearable and digital health tech, Jersey is building its tech start-up economy and has a collaborative innovation initiative to build a smarter future including an IOT testbed for inward investment.

November 1st 2016 – Finvention

I was pleased to support PlainSail in the first unveiling at a FinTech startup conference in Guernsey

January 25th 2016 – IoT Showcase

Invitation to Microsoft to present our IoT solutions including the Jersey Bus Tracker.

October 7th 2015 – Collab365

Azure Infrastructure and Storage 101

In this session some of the core options for Azure storage and Infrastructure as a Service will be covered. What level of redundancy is built-in? What does geo-redundant really mean? What backup and restore options do I have? What is the difference between Blob, File, Table and Queue storage? What does Premium mean? What is the difference between SQL Azure and building my own Virtual Machine in Azure and installing SQL? What networking options do I have for a hybrid cloud scenario? What options do I have to “lift & shift” servers (either Physical to Virtual or Virtual to Virtual) to Azure? How much will this actually cost me? ​

If you have been considering Azure Infrastructure as a Service and have been asking yourself any of the above questions and more, this session will aim to answer them.

April 22nd 2015 – SharePoint Evolution Conference 

Advanced SharePoint Integration with the Azure Service Bus and Dynamics CRM

In this session we will briefly recap the limitations of the native Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SharePoint integration and also a custom point-to-point integration.

An overview of the Azure Service Bus offering and a real world scenario will be demonstrated with SharePoint 2013 Online and CRM 2013 Online. If you are considering integrating SharePoint with any other Line of Business application, this session is for you. An understanding of the merits of tightly vs loosely coupled systems is essential in making decisions about SharePoint integration with your other platforms.

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November 29th 2014 – SharePoint Saturday UK

Selecting the right client-side development approach

Developing SharePoint solutions has evolved significantly over the past few years, not least because of the impact of Office 365, where traditional server-side farm solutions are not an option. The constraints of the app model and the shift of code from server to client side has resulted in a number of innovative approaches to SharePoint development.

This session will provide an introduction to some of these approaches including use of Knockout.js and Angular.js in a SharePoint context. The options available will be compared and contrasted, highlighting the pros and cons with demos of key elements. Choosing the wrong framework can have a significant negative impact in terms of productivity, maintainability and efficiency. If you are currently developing or considering developing SharePoint solutions using JavaScript frameworks this session will provide an overview of the options available to help you make the right choices.

September 27th 2014 – SharePoint Saturday Jersey

As the co-organiser of SharePoint Saturday Jersey I will be introducing the day with an informal keynote alongside my colleague Mark Macrae.

April 17th 2014 – SP24, www.sp24conf.com

Office 365 Public Websites: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

SharePoint has been capable of providing enterprise grade websites for a number of versions, however these were typically associated with enterprise costs. With the latest release of Office 365, SharePoint 2013 online makes many of these features affordable and available for everybody. This overview of Web Content Management in SharePoint Online will cover the new features available and demonstrate the ease of use of SharePoint 2013 online for everybody from designers and developers to web content editors (The Good). The pro’s and con’s will also be presented, including limitations where escalation to senior Office 365 engineers has resulted in a brick wall (The Bad) and those with workarounds (The Ugly). Whether you are building a new primary website for your organisation or a small microsite, an understanding of the benefits and limitations of SharePoint 2013 Online is essential.

November 9th 2013 – SharePoint Saturday UK, Hinckley, UK

Building Public-Facing Websites with Office 365

SharePoint has been capable of providing enterprise grade websites for a number of versions, however these were typically associated with enterprise costs. With the latest release of Office 365, SharePoint 2013 online makes many of these features affordable and available for everybody. This overview of Web Content Management in SharePoint Online will cover the new features available and demonstrate the ease of use of SharePoint 2013 online for everybody from designers to web content editors. The pro’s and con’s will also be presented, including limitations with workarounds and real life examples where escalation to senior Office 365 engineers has resulted in a brick wall. Whether you are building a new primary website for your organisation or a small microsite, an understanding of the benefits and limitations of SharePoint 2013 Online is essential.

September 27th 2013 – Jersey Law Via the Internet Conference, Jersey

Improving the Information Lifecycle with Collaboration Technology

Before information evolves into its final published format fit for consumption, a number of parties are usually involved in its lifecycle, whether primary legal resources or secondary legal materials. From inception, draft versions of documents are circulated and collated – analysis or commentary may go through several iterations where feedback is incorporated. Technology can provide significant efficiencies and dramatically improve the user experience when working on documents with multiple parties. This presentation will cover a number of simple yet effective practices for efficient collaboration using Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Lync. Workflow, version control, merging documents and new ways of communicating will be demonstrated, showcasing examples to simplify and improve the information lifecycle and publishing to a wider audience.

June 17th 2013 – Office 365 Business Briefing, Microsoft, London

Building your online presence with SharePoint 2013 Online

SharePoint has been capable of providing enterprise grade websites for a number of versions, however these were typically associated with enterprise costs. With the latest release of Office 365, SharePoint 2013 online makes these features affordable and available for everybody. This overview of Web Content Management in SharePoint online will cover the new features available and demonstrate the ease of use of SharePoint 2013 online for everybody from designers to web content editors. The pro’s and con’s will be discussed so whether you are building a new primary website for your organisation or a small microsite, an understanding of the benefits and limitations of Office 365 is essential.

http://office365businessbriefing.com/

April 17th 2013 – SharePoint Evolution Conference, London

Building Secure SharePoint Extranets with Claims-Based Authentication

This session will cover secure SharePoint extranet topology options, focussing on a number of examples created for government to service citizens, suppliers and partners. A variety of membership providers including Microsoft Dynamics CRM and SQL Server were used to along with Active Directory Federated Services (AD FS 2.0) to provide internal users with seamless access to the public-facing SharePoint farm in the DMZ. Services provided to citizens on one of the platforms will be presented including booking a driving test, making a planning application, and paying tax or invoices online, each of which had their own particular back-end or 3rd party integration challenges. A look at what’s new in SharePoint 2013 in terms of “Claims First” will also be covered and how integration with trusted 3rd party identity providers such as Windows Live ID can be implemented.

February 21st 2013 – C5 Alliance Breakfast Briefing (Moores Hotel, St Peter Port, Guernsey)

February 20th 2013 – C5 Alliance Breakfast Briefing (The Royal Yacht, St Helier, Jersey)

Automating Business Processes with SharePoint & Workflow

Our presentation will cover examples of relevant client work to date, demonstrations of workflow and automation in SharePoint 2010, an overview of SharePoint 2013, improvements made and a taste of the new 2013 platform.

  • Making the case for Business Process automation
  • Workflow options in SharePoint 2010
  • SharePoint Designer Workflows
  • Nintex – Workflow for Everyone
  • Integration and contrast with Microsoft CRM
  • An overview of SharePoint 2013
  • Creating workflows with SharePoint Designer 2013 & Visio 2013

December 8th 2012 – SharePoint Saturday UK (Nottingham)

BI for the masses with SQL 2012 and SharePoint 2010

This session will cover the major Business Intelligence improvements that SQL 2012 brings and how SharePoint 2010 can be configured to provide self-service access to this traditionally specialist realm. The following will be presented, with demonstrations using real data:

  • SharePoint & SQL Integrated Reporting Services
  • PowerPivot
  • Power View including Bubble Charts and the design tools
  • The BI Semantic Model (BISM) and impact of tabular data
  • SQL 2008 R2 vs SQL 2012
  • Azure Data Market

July 18th 2012 – C5 Alliance Breakfast Briefing (The Old Government House, Guernsey)

July 17th 2012 – C5 Alliance Breakfast Briefing (The Royal Yacht, Jersey)

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 in the Real World

This session will leverage our experience of successful implementations and demonstrate scenarios where this technology can support your organisation’s activities efficiently.

The following key areas will be covered during the briefing:

  •  What is Microsoft Dynamics CRM?
  • CRM 2011 – Business benefits of upgrading
  • Business Process automation & workflow with CRM
  • Integration with SharePoint & other Line of Business systems
  • CRM Anywhere – Bring Your Own Device options (Windows Phone 7.5,  iPad, Phone, Android, and Blackberry devices)
  • The Microsoft roadmap and future of CRM/xRM

April 25th 2012 – International SharePoint Conference London 2012

Delivering a Search-Driven User Experience with SharePoint and FAST

Do you always know exactly what you are looking for? The traditional Search Engine model requires known and accurate keywords to return meaningful content. This session will cover best use of FAST technology including pipeline extensibility, lemmatisation, fuzzy logic and synonyms which can be combined with SharePoint to break that model and provide a compelling Search-Driven User Experience. An in-depth case study with lessons learned will also be presented including a live demo, in which everything ever recorded by the Government numbering tens of thousands of documents in a variety of unstructured, difficult and lengthy formats is successfully parsed and indexed to deliver a public-facing SharePoint site driven by FAST Search for a great User Experience.

March 21st 2012 – C5 Alliance Breakfast Briefing (The Old Government House, Guernsey)

Business Intelligence & SharePoint 2010

March 20th 2012 – C5 Alliance Breakfast Briefing (Pomme d’Or Hotel, Jersey)

Business Intelligence & SharePoint 2010

February 26th 2012 – British Computer Society (BCS Jersey)

Automating User Interface Testing

When, why and how to implement Automated UI Testing for improved quality and reduced human testing effort in the development of web applications (SharePoint included!). A number of options for creating, running, monitoring and measuring automated UI tests as part of the development lifecycle will be presented. Load Testing options and web-based solutions to assist will also be demonstrated.

November 12th 2011 – SharePoint Saturday UK

SharePoint Intranet Branding

Web Content Management and the branding of public-facing SharePoint 2010 Publishing sites are relatively well-publicised and documented. However the majority of SharePoint deployments are internal-facing and typically require a greater degree of flexibility for users to remain unconstrained by fixed designs yet maintain the corporate identity.
This session will cover some Out Of The Box styling tips using CSS and dive into using Control Adapters for re-styling core SharePoint components and better target them using CSS and jQuery. Rounded corners included!

June 23rd 2011 – Polycom’s EMEA Executive Briefing Centre

Perfecting Collaborative Working

By embracing the latest business tools you can quickly change from a reflective to a reactive organisation; communicate as it happens, collaborate in real-time and build a dynamic business operation using Microsoft’s integrated technology suite, centred on using Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Office.

April 12th 2011 – SharePoint Best Practices Conference UK

Taking SharePoint Offline

Many clients need the facility to work offline on occasion, especially those with a mobile sales team, or those being upgraded to SharePoint from a Lotus Notes environment used to offline replication. The content that sales people need access to can be rich and bandwidth-intensive, which makes a good 3G signal or poor Wi-Fi connection frustrating for the salesperson to use, not to mention the client. This session will cover the pros and cons of the options available for offline SharePoint, and why/how to build a Silverlight 4 out-of-browser application driven by SharePoint 2010, solving connectivity issues and taking advantage of SPMetal, LINQ, WCF, Isolated Storage and Silverlight.

February 24th 2011 – Microsoft Scotland

Dynamic Business 2011

As Gartner predicted for 2011, businesses must adopt new technologies to recover from the economic downturn. Understand the ‘New World of Business’, the strength of integrated technology solutions and be part of a live demonstration of Lync, SharePoint and Office working in unity

February 2nd 2011 – Edinburgh Napier University Conference

A Career in Software Engineering

Guidance to final year Software Engineering students on the Microsoft Ecosystem and how to transition from being in education to a career as a professional software developer.

November 26th 2010 – Microsoft Scotland

SharePoint in Education

An overview of SharePoint 2010 to Scottish Further Education Colleges and how it can be integrated with Lync and Line of Business applications to enable better communication between students, teachers and administration.