Chicago, IL

  • Ralph Rivas

    Microsoft MVP

    Ralph is a seasoned professional with experience delivering quality software and solutions going back to the 90s. Currently, co-hosts the online (light) blue collar video blog/podcast http://www.cloudtalkshow.com, co-leads the Chicago Microsoft Power Platform User Group and is one of the main event organizers for https://m365chicago.com in addition to being a speaker in other virtual conferences and user groups. He has been an aficionado of Microsoft products going back to the first versions of Windows and Excel the original Low Code Platform which complements his MS MVP status for Business Applications and the Power Platform in particular. Ralph has held many varied roles on project teams from programmer to support to mentor and trainer as well as a key resource for SharePoint/Office 365-related architecture, development, deployment, operations, governance and on-going support efforts while also able to deliver .NET based solutions on all other Microsoft supported platforms in as well as aspects related to the Portal and Collaboration workspace. More currently, he holds the role as National Solutions Architect at SOGETI USA in the Cloud Technologies group with a particular focus on supporting and implementing solutions around M365 and the Power Platform at all levels. Working with a major partner and with the community, he has been focused most lately on Power Platform governance and adoption at the enterprise level through direct participation with the Power CAT team and Power Platform Product team at Microsoft including deliveries of "in-a-day" events, hackathons, workshops as well as implementation and guidance around the Center of Excellence tool set as well as Adoption Maturity Assessments for baseline KPI's and measures. Born in the Chicago area, his father's assignment with Abbott Labs had him growing up in the Philippines through the end of High School, the experience of which also included world travel that he continues to this day for business and leisure. With a toddler at home and a older one just out of college, he still is a family guy but still keeps in touch with his other interests in entertainment (music, improv comedy, etc.), history, travel, 70's era board games, the cinema and cultural experiences. Expect to find Ralph in the various PnP SIG meetings in most of the topic areas such as M365 Maturity, SPFx Development and the very crucial Sharing is Caring Initiatives of the community.

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