Been with SharePoint for 5 years as a developer, what to do next?
I’ve recently had a good short conversation which a senior SharePoint developer, having worked more than 5 years in SharePoint area. He shared with me that he found SharePoint really challenging and really wanted to master it. It’s pretty difficult to him to have deep understanding about SharePoint plus update about this emerging technology. He came to ask me my idea on what to do next to step up his experience in SharePoint development.
What I’ve been realizing so far when approaching customers globally from Singapore, Japan to USA is that they tend to move to the cloud, namely SharePoint Online and leverage serverless solution. Even they have SharePoint On-premises, they still require client-side development. One of the big projects for a corporation in Japan I get involved for premier support is on the one transiting IBM Lotus Notes to SharePoint 2013 On-premises. Ironically they force us to use client-side technologies for all applications against the application re-development. A few projects for USA customers I involved also wish the same things, and with Azure integration. I don’t know whether IT executives or Microsoft consultant guys drive that way. From the past two years experience, client-side technologies and cloud adoption seem to be the keyword. Note that this is not SharePoint with Azure IaaS. This is SharePoint connecting to consume Azure PaaS services.
Below is the sample architecture for a case I involved last month. In this case, all activities in SharePoint Online need to be captured (e.g site usage, document usage, auditing…). These activities are written to Azure Blob Storage. Azure Function is involved to move captured logs over to Azure SQL Database. And there is a custom ASP.NET application is built to provide usage report to customer.
Microsoft also is investing into a few new services including Microsoft Flow and PowerApps which are well integrated with SharePoint Online. These services are not part of SharePoint Online but if you have a look into what it is providing, you would have your own answer about how things are going on.
Below are from Microsoft I bookmark to read new updates & Microsoft idea:
- SharePoint Developer – Office Blogs
- Bill Baer – Senior Product Marketing Manager (SharePoint)
- Vesa Juvonen – Senior Program Manager (SharePoint & OneDrive)
- SharePoint / Office 365 Developer Patterns and Practices
And once again, mastering SharePoint seems not to make sense anymore!