Top 25 SharePoint Influencers for 2018 Announced

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Recognizes the Most Influential and Active Ecosystem Community Leaders, Spotlighting SharePoint’s Key Role in the Microsoft Digital Workplace

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Underscoring the renewed prominence of SharePoint in Microsoft’s digital workplace offering, today announced its annual list of the top 25 SharePoint influencers for 2018. The SharePoint community continues to grow with over 75,000 customers comprising more than 160 million users worldwide (Source: Microsoft), and given this momentum, the ecosystem relies heavily on experienced and skilled SharePoint experts who can help them navigate the continuously evolving world of SharePoint and Office 365.

A natural extension of previous annual top 25 SharePoint influencer lists, this year’s list embodies the Microsoft ecosystem leaders’ digital transformation in the workplace. The 2018 top 25 influencers make it their passion to spend time educating the IT community about SharePoint, enterprise collaboration and digital workplace innovation. Over the past year, Microsoft has shown a stronger commitment to SharePoint and as the pace of its updates increases, these SharePoint influencers have become more important than ever to the community, providing practical guidance.

“We’re celebrating Microsoft’s renewed focus on SharePoint by recognizing the independent evangelists and experts who help SharePoint customers better understand and embrace new innovation on the horizon,” said Co-Founder and Vice President of Product Strategy David Lavenda. “There is so much excitement around Microsoft’s product directions, particularly with the new Microsoft Graph as a key enabler of Office 365 capabilities. In the coming year and beyond, these influencers will help the community move to SharePoint Online and implement its frequent and continuous feature changes with ease and confidence.”

Lavenda said that the top 25 SharePoint influencers will gather at the SharePoint Conference (MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas) on May 21 at’s Booth #309 to celebrate this achievement.

The top 25 SharePoint influencers were selected based on a quantitative scoring of their influence using social tools, as well as feedback from the SharePoint user community on the individuals that they looked to most frequently for guidance in the SharePoint world. Selection was also based on each professional’s SharePoint knowledge and business impact; digital and social presence and influence; blog reach and frequency; depth of SharePoint topic coverage; and citations by other influential bloggers.

The top 25 SharePoint influencers for 2018 are:

  1. Christian Buckley
    CEO, CollabTalk
  2. Mark Rackley
    Partner, Chief Strategy Officer, PAIT Group
  3. Joel Oleson
    Senior IT Manager, Blizzard Entertainment
  4. Ragnar Heil
    Microsoft Alliance Manager for EMEA, Metalogix
  5. Marc Anderson
    Co-Founder and President, Sympraxis Consulting
  6. Sean McDonough
    CTO, Bitstream Consulting
  7. Vlad Catrinescu
    Product Evangelist, Sales Executive, Valo Intranet
  8. Wictor Wilén
    Global Digital Workplace CoE, Avanade
  9. Dux Raymond Sy
    CMO, Avepoint
  10. Jeff Willinger
    Vice President of Digital Inspiration, Rightpoint
  11. Dan Usher
    Chief Technologist, Cloud Architect, Booz Allen Hamilton
  12. Andrew Connell
    Founder, Voitanos
  13. Erica Toelle
    Product Evangelist, RecordPoint
  14. Jason Himmelstein
    Technical Strategy Director, Rackspace
  15. Todd Klindt
    SharePoint Consultant
  16. Benjamin Niaulin
    Product Manager, Sharegate
  17. Michael Greth
    SharePoint/Office 365 Specialist, SharePoint Podcast DE
  18. Matthias Einig
    Founder and CEO, Rencore
  19. Tobias Zimmergren
    Product Owner, Cloud Offerings, Rencore
  20. Jethro Seghers
    Program Director, SkySync
  21. Jasper Oosterveld
    Modern Workplace Consultant, InSpark
  22. Martina Grom
    Management, atwork IT
  23. Fabian Williams
    Practice Director, WithumSmith+Brown
  24. Laura Rogers
    Owner & SharePoint Trainer, IW Mentor
  25. Mark Stokes
    CTO, Attollo

“I am honored to be chosen as a 2018 top 25 SharePoint influencer, and I am very excited to be part of this dynamic and passionate community that is committed to evolving the digital workplace of the future,” said Christian Buckley, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP, and the Founder & CEO of CollabTalk LLC. “As Microsoft continues to invest more in SharePoint, we are seeing and continue to see many more new innovations on the horizon, particularly those involving AI and machine-learning via the Microsoft Graph, and that further extend the market-leading Office 365 platform. It is a very exciting time for us all.”

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