This blog is a dedicated place to store some important findings and tips that I have found in my daily work and tinkering projects, so that they wouldn’t be scattered around DropBox, OneNote, OneDrive, e-mail, seventeen different SharePoint team sites, Microsoft Teams conversations, Windows Sticky Notes, actual real-world post-it-notes and multiple flavors of version controls.
Most posts are about the Microsoft’s stack, as it occupies most of my typical working day.
Who’s the author?
Ah – let me introduce myself. I’m Antti K. Koskela, a Finnish tech enthusiast and Microsoft MVP. I’ve been a freelance web developer since I was 14. It was a good way for a young lad living in the rural parts of Finland to earn some extra pocket money.
In addition to doing some fun software engineering stuff, I’m a husband to a Finn, dad to one Canadian and one Finn, a custodian/servant to a German doggo, and after moving to the countryside, apparently also a substandard landscaper of sorts now.
I like working with customers and love sharing any tidbits of knowledge that might be useful to someone else, too.
I have over 10 years of experience in both web-based software development and accounting. During my master’s program, I majored in Information Systems Science and minored in Financing and Commercial Law. After graduating, I went on to become a PhD student, but there isn’t that much to talk about that yet, to be honest.
So, yeah, my buzzwords – SharePoint, Azure, .NET, Usability, Agile Software Development, Financing, Accounting, Entrepreneurship. I suppose those sum most of my professional life up pretty neatly – I often work on multiple projects at once and am interested in quite a few things.
And what is he doing?
I mainly work as a Solutions Architect at Valo. We create award-winning Digital Workplace tools on Microsoft 365 & Azure. If you want to hear more about cool stuff we make, check out the website https://www.valointranet.com!
I’m also involved with Norppandalotti Software (web development and experimenting with non-Microsoft stuff) and ALTER (Virtual Reality is the future, after all!)
More about them later on, I suppose.
“Wasn’t he speaking at that recent event I attended?”
Yeah, I might’ve been!
Every now and then, I’m speaking or presenting at different events. In 2017-2019 I was living first in Wisconsin, USA and then Montréal, Canada, and had the opportunity to participate in a lot of events across the continent!
My sessions are typically SharePoint & Azure -related – something about the cool toys I get to work with during my daily work, or about the issues you’ll eventually face with so many moving parts in the stack. Essentially, about the same stuff I blog about on this platform!
What’s with the “K.” ?
Heh – the middle initial is, for me, at least in Finland pretty mandatory. I guess my parents played it safe when they named me: You wouldn’t believe how many people called “Antti Koskela” there are! Not the most unique or surprising of names.
I’d much rather be something, that’s a bit easier to SEO (there’s plenty of competition! And I constantly get invoiced for something my namesakes keep ordering), but at least you get back the right results when you search for “Antti K. Koskela”. Or with my nickname “Koskila”. So there’s that!
Links to my other stuff
These are links to me in different channels.
I have some demos on YouTube, too!
Below is a playlist of some of my published demo videos on YouTube. I’m occasionally adding new content there, too.
That’s about it! Got a question? Leave a comment or contact me. Cheers!
What about koskila.net?
Koskila.net has been up and running since 2009, but in its current form since 2015. The site receives something like 750k visits annually.
In 2020 it was also awarded a mention as a “Top SharePoint blog” (even got a badge! 😎), ranking 15 among the top 80. That ranking is maintained by FeedSpot, who follow and curate a lot of tech content.