About Johnathan Lightfoot, Principal SharePoint Architect

Johnathan Lightfoot, GP Strategies’ Principal SharePoint Architect, is a Microsoft Certified Trainer who has also written three Share-Point books for Microsoft Press titled Microsoft SharePoint 2013 Plain & Simple, Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 Inside Out, and Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Plain & Simple. Johnathan Lightfoot is the Principal SharePoint Architect at GP Strategies. He has been involved with IT for more than 20 years, having worked in various roles, including Help Desk, Level II and III desktop support, and Windows and AS-400 server administration and development. Companies he has worked for in the past include Electronic Data Systems, Hawaiian Telcom, and Norwegian Cruise Line (yes, he actually worked on the ships). However, the best experiences he says he has had were his nine years serving in the United States Navy. Johnathan is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) who specializes in SharePoint 2013, 2010, MOSS 2007, WSS 3.0, Office 2007/2010/2013, and Office 365 technologies, along with providing Soft Skills training for organizations. Johnathan also speaks at SharePoint and social networking events around the world. He is from Miami, FL (originally) and has lived and worked literally around the world. He currently calls Columbia, Maryland home with his wife Genevievette and beautiful daughter Giavrielle.

Video: Exploring Major Learning Technology Trends for 2014

February 12, 2014 by
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Looking down the road, the year 2014 will be a year in which the questions and frustrations that business users experience will begin to be answered. With smartphones and tablets extending from the personal space and becoming nearly ubiquitous in the business space, technology will scramble to keep up. As a result, new technology trends will emerge.

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Learning Technology Trends 2014 – Part 2

January 29, 2014 by
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Mobile Integration

Over the past year, GP Strategies™ has spoken with our clients, collaborated with research groups, and continued to keep our hand on the pulse of the industry. Through our interactions, we predict that 2014 will be an exciting year for the Learning and Development technology space. We believe that while there have been many applications, platforms, and process improvements, technological advancements have been small in comparison to the scope of change we are experiencing in the business world.

In Part 1 of this three-part blog series, we spoke of the Anywhere, Anytime Workplace. With the use of smartphones and tablets becoming ubiquitous in the professional world, mobile technologies are the key area of focus as training organizations strive to deliver learning aligned with the way professionals work. We predict the most advancement will come in three areas: the production of mobile-specific content, the development of functional business apps, and the leveraging of Application Platform Interfaces (APIs). Read the rest of this entry »

Learning Technology Trends 2014 – Part 1

January 27, 2014 by
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Mobile Technology

The Anywhere, Anytime Workplace

From smartphones to tablets, today’s business users are adept at using multiple devices and applications in their personal lives, making them the most technologically astute group of users ever. The experiences they’ve become used to when shopping, paying bills, locating information, and being entertained through technology have caused them to come to expect a high level of features and functionality from their technology.

With this expectation, they have brought their personal technology experiences and expectations into the workplace. They want the same look, feel, and usability in their business/professional lives as they receive in their personal lives. But they’re not getting it. Yet. Read the rest of this entry »

SharePoint Add-ins: Before It’s Added, Is It Even Needed?

August 14, 2013 by
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Business man showing thumbs up and thumbs down

Plenty of companies in the SharePoint universe have produced amazing extensions to the platform. A common question that I am asked is “Is this SharePoint add-in any good?” This is always a loaded question for me to answer. After all, I believe that any add-in has the potential for being a good add-in. For me, the question is actually “Is this add-in a good fit for my organization?” Read the rest of this entry »

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