Meet our Team: Katherine Collins

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When it comes to developing high-performing SharePoint solutions, Katherine is one of the best. But there’s more to our resident SharePoint whiz than just technical know-how.

In this article, we take a look at what Katherine does behind the scenes, as well as her life outside of work.

What is your favourite part of Microsoft 365?

The workflow engines: Flow, Logic Apps and particularly SharePoint Designer (even though it’s a dinosaur). With these tools, we can bring people into the new world, moving from a paper-based system to a streamlined computerised one.

Plus, it’s always satisfying watching the workflows run without any issues…

What are you most excited about on the Microsoft 365 roadmap?

I’m excited about features that are closing the gap between classic and modern SharePoint, and team and communication sites. I like seeing the features be rolled out, and then watching how they’re used, especially since different companies choose to use them in different ways.

What questions do clients ask you most often?

  • “I don’t know if this is possible, but can you…”
  • “What are document properties?”
  • “What do you mean, check in the document?”
  • Depending on the person and their experience, “What is SharePoint?”

What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

I like to garden. I have a lemon tree and some strawberry plants I’m hoping to get some fruit from, and two blueberry plants at home covered in unripe blueberries that will need to be protected from the birds.

I also read quite a lot, and enjoy a wide variety of genres from science fiction and fantasy to autobiographies to mysteries.

What’s a fun fact about you many people may not know?

I did an Arts degree at a small college in California, so I watched Obama’s first run at the presidency (living in a Republican area), learnt how to shoot a gun from gunsmithing students, and spent two years being misunderstood because of my accent.