SharePoint and Me

The ramblings of Craig Porter, Another SharePoint Consultant

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Craig Porter


Craig Porter is a focused and accredited SharePoint specialist with experience of all aspects of SharePoint implementation and development. With an extensive background in architecture and development on the SharePoint platform, he possesses the deep technical capability required to liaise with, or lead technical teams as well as interfacing with the business leads to ensure the alignment of technical solution with business goals. Craig is also an excellent mentor and enjoys sharing his experiences and knowledge with others.

Craig has previously worked with a number of well regarded Microsoft Gold Certified partners and was pivotal in architecting and implementing SharePoint at a leading FTSE 250 company.

Key Skills

  • MOSS 2007 / WSS 3.0 / SPS 2003 / WSS 2.0 / SharePoint 2001 / STS 1.0
  • SharePoint Web Part and Feature Development
  • SharePoint Workflow Development
  • SharePoint Front End Customisation through SharePoint Designer
  • InfoPath Forms and Forms Server Development
  • C# / ASP.NET / ASP
  • JavaScript / JQuery
  • Windows Server 2003 / Windows Server 2008
  • Microsoft Virtual Server 2003 / Virtual PC
  • SQL Server 2000 / 2005 / 2008
  • Search Engine Optimisation / Search Engine Marketing

Employment History

API Software Ltd.

April 2008 – June 2009

SharePoint Consultant

Involvement in all aspects of SharePoint engagements from pre-sales consultancy through to development of web parts, workflows, UAT support, and training. Successful delivery of a number of projects including a complete end to end health and safety portal for a major UK ports group which encompassed workflow, forms, excel services, and SQL Server Analysis Services to provide the client with an exceptional business solution.

Chelford Solutions for Microsoft

March 2007 – April 2008

SharePoint Consultant

Lead SharePoint consultant at Chelford Solutions for Microsoft. Responsible for solution definition and delivery, requirements capture, SharePoint development, testing, and training. Provided innovative solutions to clients based on business needs including implementation of a proposal lifecycle management system for a major UK engineering firm.

Aggreko PLC

August 2004 – March 2007

SharePoint Portal Server Architect and Developer

Architect of a global SharePoint Portal rollout. Produced technical and logical architecture after liaising with key business stakeholders to determine business requirements. Developed a number of customised SharePoint solutions tailored to specific business requirements.

Global Webmaster

Global webmaster for Aggreko PLCs corporate website and associate geographical sites. Provided technical input and support to marketing staff during the website redesign and content management system tender process. Excellent understanding of search engine optimisation(SEO) and search engine marketing(SEM) disciplines. Well versed in web analytics and web performance.

Trading Sports Exchange Systems

June 2003 – August 2004

Webmaster / Developer

Webmaster of the trading sports betting exchange. The role included front-end development of the betting exchange system and the corporate website. Responsible for an array of load balanced front end web servers running apache.

Cap Gemini Ernst & Young UK

July 2000 – June 2003

SharePoint Portal Server Developer

Member of a three-man team responsible for the development, support, and configuration of a number of internal web based knowledge management portals.   Defined the infrastructure architecture and provided technical input, costing details, and timescale estimates for a SharePoint extranet environment business case.

Oracle Developer

Developed and documented a number of screens, reports and pl/sql packages for a product reporting system.  Provided DBA support to other team members.

Advanced Payroll Systems

June 1999 – July 2000

Cognos PowerHouse 4GL Developer

Involved in a number of in-house projects including the development of a dynamic query building tool developed using Powerhouse, a data formatting and upload tool developed in VBA, and an orphaned process monitoring tool scripted using the Korn shell.


University of Glasgow

Bachelor of Science, Computer Science

1996 – 1998

Clydebank College

Higher National Diploma, Computing

1994 – 1996


Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 – Configuration

Achieved 2008

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 – Configuration

Achieved 2008

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Achieved 2001 – Now Expired

Special Interest / Study

SharePoint 2010,  Microsoft Office 2010, Web Services, C#, Workflow, .Net 4.0, InfoPath 2010;


References Available on Request.


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