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harmon.ie today announced its 2nd annual list of the "top 25 most influential online SharePoint influencers." And the announcement couldn't be more timely, considering the spate of innovative new technology releases, such as Windows 8, Office 2013, SharePoint 2013 and Office 365. As today's companies strive to become as nimble as possible to address the changing needs of the organization, they need to rely upon top influencers to guide them in navigating the complex multi-platform technology environment.

Top 25 SharePoint Influancers

SharePoint is a powerful platform that helps businesses work more productively, and the members of the SharePoint ecosystem provide a valuable layer by creating an environment for innovation, community and response to changing business conditions. Today's Top 25 list represents those SharePoint community leaders who can offer innovative ideas and approaches to help users in business and education adopt SharePoint and manage their collaborative processes better and more strategically.

The author of the study, Mark Fidelman, CEO of Evolve!, a social business consultancy, and leading social strategist of the Top 25 Influencer Award said, "Two things are coming into play here - SharePoint has become a more strategic platform for businesses, while users are looking for better social solutions, adoption strategies and innovative approaches to business problems. These 25 individuals are passionate advocates, who are re-defining the value of social community and collaboration."

The top 25 influencers were identified using 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. Weights were then assigned to each factor whereupon the results were ranked.

Join me in congratulating the winners of this prestigious award, who are listed in the infographic below. Special recognition goes to the top 10 awardees; listed here:

  1. 1. 
    Joel Oleson (@joeloleson, http://www.sharepointjoel.com/default.aspx), the first dedicated SharePoint administrator who has been working with SharePoint for nearly 12 years; a SharePoint content and collaboration solutions manager at LDS Church; former Microsoft senior technical product manager who designed both intranet and extranet SharePoint deployments for IT professionals; was a member of the team who architecting the first rollout of Microsoft's own global search, intranet, team sites. Oleson moved up from the #2 spot in 2011.
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    Mark Miller (@eusp, http://www.nothingbutsharepoint.com/sites/eusp/Pages/default.aspx), founder and editor of the EndUserSharePoint.com community dedicated to providing support for SharePoint end users; helps organizations gain global visibility through use of social media, online community building and relationship development; international traveler; frequent speaker at SharePoint events, conferences and webcasts worldwide on building digital communities and future of productivity .
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    Andrew Connell (@andrewconnell, http://www.andrewconnell.com/blog/), a SharePoint developer and instructor who is co-founder, instructor and speaker at SharePoint education and training company Critical Path Training. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Office SharePoint Server.
  4. 4. 
    Laura Rogers (@WonderLaura, http://www.wonderlaura.com), a Microsoft MVPand senior SharePoint specialist at Rackspace Hosting, she has eight years of experience in making the most of SharePoint's out-of-the-box capabilities and works with SharePoint Designer workflows, InfoPath and Data View Web Parts. Latest books: Using Microsoft InfoPath 2010 with Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Step by Step and Beginning SharePoint 2010: Building Business Solutions with SharePoint.
  5. 5. 
    John Mancini (@jmancini77, http://www.digitallandfill.org/), president of AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management) International, a non-profit association focused on the document and content management technologies that are key enablers of process change at leading companies.
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    Todd Klindt (@toddklindt, http://www.toddklindt.com/blog/default.aspx), a professional computer consultant for more than 15 years, specializing in SharePoint for the last eight years, he currently works at Rackspace, authored Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration and is an MVP for Windows SharePoint Services.
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    Dux Raymond Sy (@meetdux, http://meetdux.com), SharePoint MVP at Microsoft, event chair at SharePoint Saturday and managing partner at Innovative-e, Inc., a Microsoft Gold-certified business technology consulting and services company specializing in SharePoint implementations. Author of SharePoint for Project Management and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
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    Jeremy Thake (@jthake, http://wss.made4the.net/default.aspx), a SharePoint evangelist since 2006 and SharePoint MVP who currently serves as enterprise architect at AvePoint, which provides SharePoint governance solutions for SharePoint. His previous SharePoint engagements have included supporting Microsoft sales teams with SharePoint questions as a virtual technical specialist.
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    Mike Herrity (@mikeherrity, http://sharepointineducation.com), assistant headteacher at Twynham School in Christchurch, Dorset. Has been working with SharePoint to support learning since 2000.
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    Michael Gannoti (@gannoti, http://michaelgannotti.com), as a technical architect for Microsoft, he helps large organizations architect and implement solutions in the Business Productivity space. Frequently these sessions focus around social media.



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