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Marco Wallenta

Ipswich, United Kingdom

Country Manager for United Kingdom and Ireland

About Marco:

  1. Is the passionate Country Manager for UK + I
  2. Looks back at 9 great years with d.velop
  3. Knows ECM & EIM for 14 years

Which country do you live in?

    • United Kingdom

How do you help out in the community?

    • I help by educating organisations about how they can make SharePoint and Office 365 easy to use and attractive to a much broader audience.

Tell us a bit about what and where you spend your working days doing?

    • When not working in the office you’ll probably find me in the exhibition area at events such as SharePoint conferences and SharePoint Saturdays. Most of the time, I work with our existing partners or build new partnerships to help customers through a local, trusted advisor who has the right expertise to solve their business challenges.

How did you get into working with Microsoft technologies?

    • Working for an enterprise content management (ECM) vendor you have to deal with Microsoft technologies. Especially when it comes to SharePoint/Office 365 you can either fear it or embrace it. We clearly love SharePoint/Office 365 and add our ECM DNA to it.

Where’s the last place you travelled more than 300 miles to?

    • That was a trip to the Yorkshire Dales. One of the most picturesque areas here in the UK.

What’s your proudest achievement?

    • Certainly, to start my own little family with my wife and my son.

Name 3 cool things about a product / service that your company offers?

    • I think the greatest thing with d.velop for Office 365 is that we can give users very quick and easy access to information they need to get their job done. With that they can focus on the actual task instead of losing time searching in different information silos. They find everything in one place even if it’s documents from their CRM or ERP system such as invoices, orders and quotes.
    • If you work with Microsoft technologies, you sometimes forget that most people in organisations don’t know the applications as in as much detail as we might do. To be honest, platforms such as SharePoint can be quite overwhelming for a non-technical person. I’m very happy that d.velop for Office 365 takes away the complexity and provides only the content and functions to users that they really require for their particular business process. And they can access that content directly from within their preferred application such as Outlook, Office, ERP or CRM.
    • In my opinion, the logical way that d.velop for Office 365 connects and presents information that belongs together makes a tremendous difference in terms of the usability. We don’t expect users to understand what site collections, sub-sites, libraries, content types are. Why should they bother to remember where content and documents are stored? Our navigation and content dashboard present information based on the usual business entities they use every day.
      ‘Show me all documents for that purchase order’. ‘I need to see all meeting minutes for my project.’ ‘Let me see all supporting documents for this contract’. ‘I need to access my digital personnel file’. That’s how users think and that’s exactly how we provide that information.

What is the biggest tip you would give to someone starting to learn Office 365 / SharePoint?

    • Just tap into that wonderful community. There are so many local events such as SharePoint Saturdays and Meetups where you find education suitable to different skill levels. The members of the community have proven to be extraordinary helpful. This will also help to figure out which people, blogs and podcasts to follow.

Where do you see SharePoint in 5 years – Is it “SharePoint RIP”, or “Long live SharePoint!!!”?

    • Long live SharePoint, definitely. I think what might happen is that it becomes more and more a supporting platform for other Microsoft and 3rd party applications. A good example is Teams. With Teams Microsoft provides a more enjoyable user experience while leveraging SharePoint capabilities in the background. By the way, that’s exactly what we do with d.velop for Office 365.

If you didn’t have a career in Microsoft technology what else would LOVE to do?

    • I have a passion for travelling, music and motorcycles. If you put all that together that would probably be a roaming motorcycle festival kind of thing.

If you didn’t have a career in Microsoft technology what else would LOVE to do?

    • I have a passion for travelling, music and motorcycles. If you put all that together that would probably be a roaming motorcycle festival kind of thing.

Do you think Microsoft Teams will become THE staff dashboard of the future?

    • Short answer, yes.
      I think that Outlook is still THE application today people use to communicate internally and externally in writing and to schedule their activities. That’s probably only because there was no other Microsoft mainstream product fit to deliver that package. We abuse emails very often to assign tasks, to send something probably more suited to a chat message in order to push information to a bigger audience. Now, with Teams, we can rethink the use of emails and can use the appropriate channel for the task at hand. I believe that your inbox will be part of Teams soon. This offers you one hub to either write an email, call a person, send a chat message, plan and assign a task or schedule a meeting. That’s also the reason we think it is important that users can work with d.velop for Office 365 directly from within Teams.

How would you describe what you do as a job to a class room of children?

    • That is a tough one, seriously. I was not even able to get some of my friends and family to understand what I do. I think some of them might even think it is something sketchy I do for a living. I will try it anyway.
      Most of the people at work need to look up information first before they can answer to questions that they were asked by their customers, colleagues or boss. I make sure that with our app they can find that information with their computer or smart phone as quickly as possible. The funny thing about this answer is that they probably understand the words ‘app’ and ‘smart phone’, but not ‘computer’.

Will AR / VR affect Office 365 in the future if so how?

    • As I do have a lot of virtual meetings with the team in Germany, as well as with partners and customers, I sometimes think it would be better to be there physically. Even when using cameras, it is sometimes hard to follow facial expressions and body language. If I could attend the virtual meeting with a 360° view I am convinced that the communication would be more effective and it would help to stay more engaged. I imagine that this is something that will be possible with Teams in the not too distant future.

If you were on the product team in Redmond, name 1 thing you’d improve about SharePoint?

    • As a 3rd party solution provider for SharePoint and Office 365, we would appreciate if Microsoft would always design new things keeping in mind that 3rd parties need ways to leverage them. At the end of day it’s the customer who will benefit from that. It would also be easier for Microsoft if they incorporate interfaces and customisation capabilities from the very beginning.

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