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About Spencer Harbar

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Spencer Harbar is widely recognised as one of the world’s foremost Identity Management, Information Security, Office 365 and SharePoint authorities.

With over twenty years of commercial experience in the architecture, development , deployment and operational service management of Web based applications and hosting platforms, his broad base of fundamental skills routinely enables the world’s largest organizations to succeed with Office 365 and SharePoint.

Spencer delivers enterprise collaboration, content management and identity management architecture, design, development and deployment solutions, application security best practices, threat modeling and the implementation of highly available hosting platforms. He is also pretty handy with single-pixel GIFs.

Microsoft product expertise includes Azure, PowerShell, DevOps, Office 365, SharePoint, IIS, SQL Server, Windows Security, Active Directory, ADFS, Forefront Identity Manager, and High Availability. He also has wide experience of competing vendor offerings across the collaboration and content management space, especially in regards to Document and Records Management. Practice Disciplines include Identity Management, Business intelligence, Records Management, Document Management, Taxonomy, Web Content Management, and Social Media Governance.

MCASpencer is the only person to hold all four of the advanced certifications for SharePoint; one of only five people worldwide to hold the prestigious Microsoft Certified Architect, one of a dozen to hold the Microsoft Certified Solutions Master for SharePoint, and the Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Certified Master for SharePoint 2007 certifications

MCM | SharePoint 2010 & 2007He was the content owner, author and instructor for one third of the SharePoint MCSM and MCM programs. Spencer also works with Microsoft on delivering field readiness material and documentation for PowerShell, Office 365 and SharePoint.

Selected clients include Barclays Bank, ScottishPower, Microsoft, The Royal Bank of Scotland, BP, Unilever, HBOS, Scottish Enterprise, British Airways, The BBC, Centrica, NHS, Clifford Chance, SCVO, Heineken, The Automobile Association, Ballie Gifford, Shell, British Sky Broadcasting, Petrofac and BASF.

Spencer is also a strong community advocate, supporting and speaking at the UK SharePoint User Group, SharePoint Saturdays worldwide, and helping others through his blog, forums and public events such as the SharePoint Conference. He has been awarded the prestigious Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for the last fifteen years.

In 2006, Spencer co-authored Enhancing Microsoft Content Management Server with ASP.NET 2.0, and he frequently assists other community contributors with their writing projects. Most recently, Spencer was the technical editor for Automating SharePoint 2010 with Windows PowerShell 2.0.

Spencer represents Microsoft at events worldwide and was a speaker most recently at Ignite 2017 and the European SharePoint Conference 2017. He also is a member of the European Collaboration Summit organisation board, and the Content Manager for that event. He previously presented at SharePoint Conference 2012, 2011 and 2009 and Microsoft Tech Ed New Zealand, 2011. He also presents at other events such as SharePoint Evolutions, SharePoint Connections and the SharePoint Best Practices Conference 2011. During the MVP Global Summit 2010 in Bellevue, WA, Spencer demonstrated SharePoint 2010 as part of Stephen Elop's keynote address. Spencer has also presented at Microsoft's internal event, TechReady 13 and numerous Tech Ed events.

Spencer is also an instructor for Combined Knowledge, EMEA’s premier SharePoint training provider.

In his spare time (not much of it) he enjoys photography, composing and recording music, reading, tennis cricket, golf and Scotch whisky. He listens to the Jazz giants of yesteryear and some young blood, and spends time with family and friends in the beautiful capital city of Edinburgh, Scotland, his home town of Manchester, England, and Zoetermeer, the Netherlands.


Spencer on stage at the Best Practices Conference, London, April 2011

Spencer presenting at the SharePoint Best Practices Conference, London, April 2011.


MVP Global Summit, February 2010

Spencer at the MVP Global Summit, Bellevue, WA, February 2010.


With friends at the BPC London 2011 Speaker Dinner

With friends at the BPC London 2011 Speaker Dinner.