Interview with the SharePoint Pirate, Gokan Ozcifci, Microsoft Partner and MCC (SharePoint 2013 & IIS 7.5)


This week’s interview is with Gokan Ozcifci.

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1)      Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?

“Bonjour” to the community. My name is Gokan Ozcifci, also known as SharePoint Pirate and I am real passionate about Microsoft SharePoint Server.

I’m working at the company Vision Consulting Group in Belgium, a multinational and a Microsoft GOLD Partner. I have specialized in SharePoint since January 2010, almost 3 years (it feels like 3 days!). Actually I work for the biggest “energy client” in Belgium, for creating an Intranet web application. I am the Technical reference and the SharePoint Farm Administrator.

 

2)      Tell us about the Turkish and French communities on TechNet Wiki. How did it start? What’s it like? Is it growing?

To be honest, I began with the French community. It was very exiting to share information and see persons like Pierre EROL (SharePoint MVP) or Lionel Limozin (SharePoint MVP) sharing and liking my contributions. It was a fantastic sensation.

But I have Turkish blood, and I asked myself, why don’t I contribute in Turkish? But Turkey doesn’t have a “SharePoint Community”. There are technical references for SharePoint, but they are not enough developed for a “sharing group”.  There are many Turkish groups and forums about Windows Server, Citrix, Lync, C#, Exchange… But what about SharePoint?

I will be in touch with Microsoft Turkey in a few weeks to create a “Turkish SharePoint User Group”. So there will be a place to share information between contributors.

 

3)      What are your big projects right now?

First,  I’ve sent an email to 45 MVPs all around the world and asked 3 questions. My objective is to create the “most interesting wiki page ever”. Just wait a few days. My new article will serve future generations.

Second, I already wrote 2 eBooks about SharePoint 2010, but they are in French. I received a ton of mails asking if there was an English version. I couldn’t provide it, but now, I am writing my 3rd eBook in English about SharePoint 2013. I hope it will be another success like the 2 previous books.

 

4)      Besides your work on TechNet Wiki, where do you contribute?

Ohh, that’s a nice question. I’m contributing on several platforms (portals) and in different languages. Actually I don’t exactly know the number of contributions, but here a little summary of the different platforms where I contribute:

  • Gokanozcifci.be (Belgium)
  • CozumPark.com (Turkey)
  • Spcnl.nl (Netherlands)
  • Mshowto.org (Turkey)
  • BTGonulluleri.com (Turkey)
  • Nothingbutsharepoint.com (USA)
  • 55 LinekdIn Groups ( … )

  

5)      On what Wiki articles do you spend most of your time?

I’m spending the most time on specific SharePoint articles like FBA, Project Server, out-of-the-box services, or other stuff that I know that a society will 100% use. As you know, contributors, users, and Administrators want to read impressive articles on Wiki. If you see articles from Thuan Nguyen, Christian Buckley, or Hakan Uzuner, you know that you have to be competitive if you want to be “a” real challenger.

 

6)      What are your top 5 favorite TechNet Wiki articles?

I love every article on TechNet Wiki, because if a contributor posts his article, it’s for one reason: “To share knowledge”. I do the same; so each article is awesome for me, but if I had to choose 5, it will be those on this list:

SharePoint 2010 Best Practices: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/8666.sharepoint-2010-best-practices.aspx

SharePoint 2010: The beginning with Designer: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/6187.sharepoint-2010-the-beginning-with-designer-en-us.aspx

How to Build a SQL Server 2012 Hyper-V Virtual Machine (KIWI build): http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/3402.how-to-build-a-sql-server-2012-hyper-v-virtual-machine-kiwi-build.aspx

Customizing SharePoint Server 2010 Fast Search to crawl related data (Lookup Columns): http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/7244.customizing-sharepoint-server-2010-fast-search-to-crawl-related-data-lookup-columns-en-us.aspx

How to Be Sure that Your SharePoint Farm Is Fully Protected with DPM 2010: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/926.how-to-be-sure-that-your-sharepoint-farm-is-fully-protected-with-dpm-2010-en-us.aspx    

 

7)      Who has impressed you in the Wiki community, and why?

Ed, you impressed me the most on Wiki, because your knowledge is limitless.  You can edit every article, you can add content and modify content, and it’s just wonderful. You are the first to improve our articles when there is a mistake. Your contributions make our world better.

Also Fernando Lugão Veltem is a great contributor on the Wiki who impresses me. Every time when I went to the Wiki to add an article or modify any article I can see his name on the Wiki.

He can be proud of all his time passed on TechNet Wiki!

 

Met vriendelijke groeten / Meilleures salutations,

 

Gokan OZCIFCI

SharePoint Community Expert

 

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Thank you to Gokan! If you have any questions for him, ask below!

I have a question for Gokan: I’ve seen the all caps in last names before… Is that a Turkish custom?

Thanks!

   – Ninja Ed

Comments (32)

  1. Yagmoth555 says:

    Great contribution Gokan ! Keep up the job job 🙂  I'am one in the minority that will read your 2 first book without sending an email or use bing translation 🙂

    Ed, for the CAP in the last name it bring back some memory of my early year in college !! So I guess it's a french's thing ! Someone can correct me (and yes if you go look in the french's forum a lot of user write it that way !) But honestly I have no idea why !

  2. romeo donca says:

    I agree with Yagmonth. Great contribution Gokan

    Please insert book's URL in this article.

  3. Gokan Ozcifci says:

    Hello Remeo, Hello Yagmoth55 .. Please find my ebooks there under. As I said it's in french but you can understand them all or use bing translation 🙂

    1) http://www.gokanozcifci.be/…/free-french-ebook-sharepoint-2010.html

    2) http://www.gokanozcifci.be/…/free-french-ebook-sharepoint-2010-part-2.html

  4. Gokan Ozcifci says:

    Ed,

    Actualy my name is Turkish and my real name should be "Gökhan Özçifçi" but here in Belgium we are talking and writing in french.. And some letters are inexistant like "ö" or "ç" .. So my name in Turkey is "Gökhan Özçifçi" and here in belgium "Gokan Ozcifci" ..  I am a real ninja, I have 2 lifes 🙂

  5. Yagmoth555 says:

    Allo Gokan, merci pour les liens ! tres bonne documentation !! De mon coté je suis content de voir de la doc de qulaité en francais c'est tellement rare

  6. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    Thanks Gokan! So you also dropped the "h" from your name?

    Do you agree with Yagmoth… that capitalizing the last name is a French custom? Do they do it in Belgium? What language do you speak the most in Belgium? French? Dutch?

    Thanks!

  7. XAML guy says:

    Bonjour Pirate Gokan!

    Looking forward to the MVP article

    Arrrgh! Pieces of [Windows] Eight!

  8. Ed Price - MSFT says:

    XAML Pirate Pete,

    Hahahaha! I didn't understand the "Arrgh" at first in my alert until I came here. Hilarious use of Windows 8!

  9. Gokan Ozcifci says:

    Yohohoho XAML Pirate,

    I finaly finished my article and it's now avialable on Wiki: social.technet.microsoft.com/…/14422.how-to-become-an-microsoft-mvp-by-mvp-s-en-us.aspx

  10. Gokan Ozcifci says:

    Salut Yagmoth555,

    Merci pour ton commentaire.. Cela me fait vraiment plaisir! J'esseye de faire au mieux, pour pouvoir seduir les gens qui parle francais et comme tu dis, c'est tellement rare de voir de la bonne documentation en francais ..

    Si ta envie d'écrire qqchose pour "sharepoint2013" .. dis moi qoui 🙂

  11. Gokan Ozcifci says:

    Pirate Ed,

    Yes my parets dropped the "h" cause they wanted to have a unique boy ! 🙂

    Agree with Yagmoth555, it's totaly French. They love to capitalise their last name. So if you ever come to Belgium or France your name is Ed PRICE

    Euhh, it's a little bit different here. They speak here 3 official languages..

    Dutch on the north and french on the south .. east speaks german.. And if you are at Brussels in the middle you have to speak at least 2 languages .. Like me !

  12. Zeca Lima says:

    Congratulations Gokan, very good work.

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