James FortConsultant

Cindy Bouchard

    CONSULTANT

    James Fort has more than 25 years in project delivery and program management for commercial enterprises and the public sector. His commercial experience spans the utility, healthcare, retail, and financial services industries on four continents, while his public sector work includes city, regional and state agencies in the Pacific Northwest.

    James achieves excellence by assessing the scope of customer requirements, building a healthy relationship with key stakeholders, and providing innovative advisory services. He can deliver in the face of the most challenging business and technical issues. James excels at building and leading onshore and offshore teams to deliver award-winning SharePoint solutions.

    Project Experience:

    • City of Seattle
    • City of Bellevue
    • Tacoma Public Schools
    • Kohler Inc.
    • Fox Entertainment Group
    • Toshiba America

    Expertise:

    • SharePoint 2010, 2013, 2016, Online Governance
    • SharePoint Upgrade & Content Migration
    • SharePoint Federated Identity Management
    • SharePoint Active Directory Migrations
    • On/Offshore SharePoint Project Management
    • SharePoint Information Rights Management

    Sample Projects:

    City of Seattle: Migration from SharePoint Foundation 2010 to Office 365 SharePoint Online. Microsoft assigned James as the architect responsible for delivering a SharePoint governance plan on this comprehensive project spanning all City of Seattle agencies. James worked closely with the City’s governance council, guiding them in developing a governance framework and processes, and integrating these processes across all departments. James empowered the governing council with the tools they needed to make crucial decisions around governance, and advised them on relevant information architecture issues. James created the initial draft governance plan and helped the council to socialize and refine it.

    Fox Entertainment Group: SharePoint 2010, 2013 migration to Office 365 SharePoint Online. James helped facilitate a ten-week migration assessment, analysis, planning, and migration simulation execution training for Fox Entertainment Group’s IT team, to prepare them for an upcoming migration. As a Microsoft expert, James helped to identify potential migration challenges while demonstrating how to mitigate those challenges using prescriptive procedures. James developed migration tools and procedures to proactively manage content and collaborated with department representatives to identify non-compliant applications. He explained migration mitigation strategies, and wrote key project documents including the Migration Plan, Governance Plan, Information Architecture Design and Implementation Guide, as well as creating a Migration Guide for cloud-based applications targeting the SharePoint Cloud Application Model. James also designed technical processes to calculate the migration durations for specific scenarios, as well as information mining tools to help analyze and visually represent hard-to-access content.

    Education and Interests:

    James graduated from Wayland Baptist University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a Geological Science minor.