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Top 25 Microsoft SharePoint Influencers for 2016 Announced

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwired - Sep 28, 2016) - IGNITE CONFERENCE, BOOTH #545 - harmon.ie, a leading provider of user experience products, today announced its 6th annual list of the top 25 SharePoint influencers, a group embodying the best the Microsoft ecosystem has to offer. Research has found that partners are witnessing Microsoft ecosystem updates, refreshes and changes outstripping their customer's ability to keep up, making the advice and leadership of these SharePoint influencers more crucial than ever. With the recent renaissance around SharePoint at Microsoft, the need for thought leaders who demonstrate the consistent ability to bring authoritative information to the marketplace has never been greater. Today's leaders go beyond on-premise SharePoint and play a critical role in helping businesses understand hybrid deployments, as well as successfully embrace the cloud as the cornerstone of their employee collaboration and productivity platform. The awards were announced at the harmon.ie booth (#545) on Tuesday 27 Sept, and the full list of 2016 #SPTop25 winners will be available at the harmon.ie booth throughout the rest of the show, as well as on the harmon.ie website.

Of this year's winners, 60 percent identify as SharePoint MVPs, specialists, consultants or developers. The remaining 40 percent were a combination of CTOs, directors and managers specializing in mobility, business development and more. 80 percent of this year's influencers were previously recognized as top SharePoint influencers, a decrease from previous years, which shows that despite the space being well established, it continues to attract new influencers. This year, North Americans dominated the list at 80%, with 20 of the top 25 influencers residing in the United States or Canada, while the remaining 5 hailed from Europe. Five of the top 25 spots were occupied by women, a 25% increase from last year's list. The top 10 SharePoint influencers are:

1. Waldek Mastykarz -- @waldekm
2. Andrew Connell -- @andrewconnell
3. Marc Anderson -- @Sympmarc
4. Laura Rogers -- @WonderLaura
5. Todd Klindt -- @ToddKlindt
6. Wictor Wilen -- @wictor
7. Benjamin Niaulin -- @bniaulin
8. Vlad Catrinescu -- @vladcatrinescu
9. Christian Buckley -- @buckleyplanet
10. Tobias Zimmergren -- @zimmergren

"I'm honored to be recognized as a Top 25 Influencer by harmon.ie," said Marc Anderson, co-founder and president of Sympraxis Consulting. "To be honest, if it weren't for the strength of the community, there would be nothing to influence. As Microsoft's technology has moved to the cloud, the ecosystem and community around it has only gotten stronger and I'm truly lucky to be able to interact with so many talented people. I love every day in the community, and I look forward to many more."

"It's always an honor to recognize the respected thought leaders that organizations and end users turn to for the advice they need to make their SharePoint ventures successful," noted David Lavenda, vice president of product strategy for harmon.ie. "The SharePoint brand is stronger than ever and the expertise of these influencers will be more critical than ever to help navigate the ever-shifting cloud landscape."

"I am proud to be selected as a 2016 top 25 SharePoint influencer, and I am thrilled to be a member of this growing community committed to bringing effective collaboration to an increasingly complex, yet opportunity-filled business environment," said Laura Rogers, SharePoint Trainer at IW Mentor. "The cloud offers limitless opportunities and the SharePoint community will be there every step of the way to ensure businesses and users extract the maximum value from their investments."

In selecting the winners, harmon.ie commissioned Scratch Marketing + Media to manage the process of objectively identifying leaders who are helping businesses navigate the digital transformation to the mobile cloud. Based on a finalist list of the top 122 Microsoft SharePoint influencers, a weighted formula that incorporated quantitative influence metrics was used to identify the 2016 top 25 SharePoint influencers worldwide. Selection was based on each professional's SharePoint knowledge and business impact; digital and social presence and influence; blog reach and frequency; depth of SharePoint topic coverage; citations by other influential bloggers; and more than 3,200 qualified community votes -- a 2,000 vote increase over the previous year.

Check out the complete list here.

About harmon.ie

harmon.ie provides a suite of user experience products that empower today's distributed workforce to get work done on their own terms. We put people first, insulating them from technology complexity, enabling information workers to complete many workplace tasks directly from the friendly confines of their email client. For Microsoft customers, harmon.ie increases the adoption and return on investments for SharePoint Online and on-premises by bringing it directly into Outlook. Thousands of enterprise customers count on harmon.ie to provide seamless information governance, collaboration, knowledge retention and email and records management using SharePoint, Office 365 and other Microsoft collaboration tools. harmon.ie is a Microsoft Partner of the Year Finalist and an IBM global partner.

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