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Joel Oleson

Director Microsoft National Practice

Joel Oleson is widely recognized as one of the world’s most connected Office 365 and SharePoint Community leaders. He has been awarded Microsoft's highest recognition as Office Apps & Services MVP, Microsoft Regional Director awards, and multiple "Ship It" awards for Office, Office 365 and SharePoint from his time at Microsoft. Joel was the first dedicated SharePoint Admin for Microsoft internal deployments of Tahoe and Office Web Server and an Architect for the first version of SharePoint Online. A few years later he was recruited to join the leadership of the SharePoint product team as Senior Technical Product Manager. Joel left Microsoft in 2008 to greater connect with the global community. His passion was helping kick start communities all over the world. He focused on white board sessions with consultants and architects to help companies achieve success. Collaboration, Intranets, Portals, Modern Teamwork, UC and Business Applications took on a new meaning as he would get involved with many of the largest organizations in the world. In his pursuits he's visited more than 170/197 UN+ countries and continues to coach and mentor community leaders across the globe. Joel is happy living in paradise in Oceanside, California where he is actively involved in the leadership and organizing committees of the Office 365 and SharePoint Communities in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Ensenada, MX. Don't be afraid to reach out, he loves hearing from customers and the broader community all over the world. Joel is driving strategy and frequently representing Perficient at Microsoft and Industry events around the globe as Director in the Microsoft National Practice. Visit his technical blog at and travel blog at

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Why Project Cortex Changes Everything and Why You Should Care

Microsoft announced Project Cortex at Microsoft Ignite in Orlando earlier this month.  While there were literally hundreds of announcements, the biggest announcement was Project Cortex. What is it? Project Cortex will create and update new topic pages and knowledge centers that are meant to act like wikis. Topic cards will be available to users in […]

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The Teams Team is Listening…Your Requests Were Demoed at MSIgnite

You may not have realized it, but the Teams team at Microsoft has been working furiously to deliver some of the most highly requested features. Some upcoming features were announced at MSIgnite, and these are game changers.  Microsoft Teams Chat Pop Outs Now you can chat with multiple different people while you are still working […]

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How Your SharePoint Admin or Dev Role Changed Overnight at MSIgnite

You may not have been watching when with one simple event Microsoft pulled the rug from under you.  Your role as a SharePoint Admin or Dev will never be the same.    For Admins First, there was the move from file shares to SharePoint. Then from Windows SharePoint Services to SharePoint Server and with it a […]

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Microsoft Teams and SharePoint: “Teamify” Answers Office 365 Confusion

Microsoft Teams is hot. It increases collaboration and helps simplify the UX. It’s also the answer to many of your adoption and usage issues. Adoption change management is critical to your productivity success and for any Office 365 and Microsoft Teams deployment. Teams and SharePoint are better together. When create a Team for your existing […]

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Don’t Short Change Your Microsoft Teams Deployment

Teams is an iceberg. When you look at an iceberg from a boat you only see what’s above the water. With Teams what you see is a simple looking chat interface that many see as the successor to Skype. It’s so much more than that. Like an iceberg, you’re only seeing what’s above the water, […]

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