European’s Top 25 Office 365 influencers

Glad to be included the European’s Top Office 365 influencers for 2015. The award was announced in the European SharePoint conference in Stockholm. This is my second time to be included in this list after the last year award in Barcelona.

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Europe’s Top Office 365 Influencers


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How Amazon Prime Now may affect the grocery market!

Amazon is piloting a new delivery service in London called “Prime Now”. It is an extension of the current Amazon Prime subscription service. However, Amazon Prime Now cuts down the delivery to 1 hour. Amazon is trying this service in selected postcodes in London with a plan to extend it later.

I am an Amazon Prime subscriber and I love this service. A lot of the products on Amazon is available on Prime and I can get them next day. I ordered a power bank 3 PM on Tuesday, I received it on 10 AM on Wednesday. This is pretty cool! The way I choose products now on Amazon is affected by whether the product is in the Prime scheme or not, and I prefer to buy Prime products.
When I look at the new service Prime Now and start to think what is the value of a one hour delivery?! As a consumer why would I need it?! The power bank I ordered is not urgent, a book or hard disk…etc. but if you think of food the conversation now is different!

I see Amazon Prime Now is a direct threat to the existing well established grocery stores. It is a Disruptive Innovation. Prime Now is changing the business model because simply Prime Now allows me to order my grocery from home through an app and I may have a weekly list that I get delivered on a recurring schedule. This is big deal and will threaten big supermarkets like Tesco, Sainsbury’s, and Asada…etc.

It will be interesting to see whether the large supermarket chains will sense the threat or not, and they will react to this. In my opinion this, is an interesting space to watch.

Amazon expands one-hour Prime Now deliveries in London
WIRED tests Amazon Prime Now in London (Wired UK)
Amazon Prime Now’s one-hour delivery put to the test | Money | The Guardian

Speaking at the first Collab365 Global Conference

I have been selected at the first Collab365 conference. It is a unique conference. This conference will run for 24 hours continuously, it includes speakers from the 6 continents. it is online and free to attend.


My session will be in the business track, it is “Cloud Adoption Strategies”. In this session I will be discussing how organisations can harness the benefits of the cloud, what are key steps to change the organisation to be cloud ready.

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Presenting at the First SharePoint Saturday in London

I am very pleased to be selected as speaker in the first SharePoint Saturday in London. I am a regular speaker in SharePoint Saturday UK that is done in Midlands. However, London SharePoint Saturday is different which represents the main SharePoint Saturday for the big city.

I am glad to be selected among great speakers from all over Europe.


I will be speaking about the latest features in Power BI and how the business can use it to provide real self service BI.

If you are in London on 11th July, make sure to register for the event

Speaking at the SPBIZ conference

It is great to be selected as a speaking in the first SharePoint business focused online conference – SPBiz


SPBiz brings insights and knowledge to help your business benefit from SharePoint, wherever you are. If you want to get the most out of your SharePoint platform, this is THE conference for you. Free to attend as a delegate, bringing influential speakers and direction setters in the SharePoint community directly to your device.

The conference is over two days with over 60 sessions by speakers from all the world. The conference is over two days June 17th & 18th 2015.

spbiz speakers

I am having 2 sessions this year

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Power BI–SPChat with SharePoint-community.neT

I am glad to be invited by SharePoint-Community.Net for one their monthly SPChat events. The session will discuss Power BI technology.

Download calendar invite [Make sure you have a valid account, see below]

SPChat is one hour online session to discuss a specific topic, It is a Q&A about a particular subject around SharePoint or O365. The format for an SPChat is as follows:

  1. On 30th April login to Chat Room.
  2. SPChat host introduces the speaker and the topic.
  3. At this point the other people in the Chat Room will ask questions about Power BI every time I say “Next Question”.
  4. The chat will last for about one hour.

Please make sure you have a verified account on SharePoint-Community.Net beforehand. I recommend doing this now.

Please join the session and be ready with all your questions about Power BI and Office 365.

[Update 1st May 2015] You can read the Q&A transcript SPChat Transcript – PowerBI with MVP, Marwan Tarek 

SPS Stockholm–An Amazing Experience

On February 2015, i travelled to Stockholm to deliver my session for SharePoint Saturday Stockholm 2015. My session was focusing Power BI.

Build engaging dashboards and reports using Office 365 Power BI
Microsoft is driving the technology innovation through cloud first strategy. Power BI is a collection of tools that enables user to visualise data and provides organisations with self service business intelligence tools through Excel. In this session, we are going to explore Power BI components and understand what are the business challenges that Power BI can solve.

I was not expecting such an amazing event. the experience was great, it was one of the best SharePoint Saturday events I have attended. Thanks to Matthias Einig and Erwin van Hunen for the great organisation. Their attention to details is superseding any other SharePoint Saturday I have attended.

The event hosted around 300 attendees, speakers from all around Europe, strong bunch of sponsors.

Looking forward to next year event.

See all the event pictures on the event Flicker page. This is a picture for all the speakers at the end of the day.