About Antti K. Koskela

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.

Lately, most posts are about the Microsoft’s stack, as it occupies most of my typical working day. Also, it’s a fun and varying stack to work with! :) I feel like Microsoft’s really taking it somewhere.

Who’s the author?

Ah – let me introduce myself. I’m Antti K. Koskela, a Finnish tech enthusiast and Microsoft MVP with a passionate attitude to pretty much anything related to Software Business or Commercial Law. 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.

I’m a father of one, husband of one, dogparent of one (yeah, I went there!) and after moving to the countryside, apparently also a substandard landscaper of sorts now.

Antti K. Koskela's SPS Houston session
My session at SPS Houston in 2018. I speak with my hands – if you want to avoid getting hit, don’t come to the first row!

For a developer, I do like to socialize, which is why I like working with customers and love sharing any tidbits of knowledge that might be useful to someone else, too! In addition to tech stuff, I know a thing or two about commercial law and taxation. I’m by no means usability design expert, but I’m pretty good at usability testing and evaluation – and I did my master’s thesis on agile discount usability testing. It does sound like a ton of buzzwords, but it actually makes sense and works!

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 Solutions, a subsidiary of Blue Meteorite Ltd.

“What’s that supposed to mean”, you ask? Ha, I wish I knew! Mostly I wrestle with stuff that’s somehow related to something technical, but sometimes I’m also managing our advertising campaigns, doing usability testing or analyzing usage data from different websites.

At Blue Meteorite, we make the awesome “ready-to-go intranet” Valo, that has won international awards and is in use around the world by over a million users. If you want to hear more about cool digital workplace -kind of stuff, 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 Ltd (Virtual Reality is the future, after all!)

More about them later on, I suppose.

In addition to doing some fun software engineering stuff, I’m a husband to a Finn, dad to a Canadian, play video games, am a local guide for Google Maps, and occasionally shoot guns.

“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 could participate in a lot of events across the continent!

Antti K. Koskela having a session about Citizen Developer tools at a SharePoint Saturday
My session about Citizen Developer tools at SharePoint Saturday Nashville.

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 (I’ve got a lot of competition, now), 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!

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