Coming soon… to a blog near you!

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

OK, so I don’t really have a flair for the dramatic. 🙂
As you may have noticed, I went dark for a while there.
I was totally slammed and was not able to get back to my normal routine for a couple of weeks.
Additionally, I’ve been working on something that I think is pretty cool.
SharePoint capacity planning is always a painful subject and figuring out exactly what kind of farm you need to successfully support your users is nothing short of rocket science. I had to do it for our deployment within the firm and the pain of working through it led me to create SPCAP – SharePoint Capacity Planning Tool.  I will be releasing SPCAP very shortly so stay tuned…
In the mean time, I’ve come to realize that us SharePoint geeks tend to use a lot of acronyms in our communication and that it’s not always clear what we mean.  I’ve created a page to list all the most common ones I come accross and use and will update it periodically with more.  If you have some suggestions, please let me know.  It’s pretty bare right now but will grow over time.  For more…




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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