Elio Struyf
This is me

Elio Struyf is an independent Belgium-based Engineering Lead, Blogger, and Public Speaker whose tenacity, determination, and drive have all earned him the reputation as a trusted thought leader in the information technology space. Deeply passionate about what he does for a living, he is a firm believer of following your dreams no matter what. To him, one’s profession should also be their purpose. Furthermore, he believes that we only have this one life to live, so we should spend that life feeling truly fulfilled both professionally and personally.

Throughout the last decade, Elio has gained extensive experience in Office 365 and SharePoint development. Within those 10 years, he was deemed a Microsoft MVP five consecutive times and has been recognized as a SharePoint/Office 365 Top 25 Influencer three times.

Elio’s inspiration for his blog began back in 2010, when he was facing a challenge that took him several days to overcome. The moment he found that solution, he realized how much he wanted to share his findings with the world. That’s when his blog was born. Fast-forward two years, and he expanded his horizons by dabbling in the public speaking arena. After speaking at a local BIWUG event and becoming their VP a year later, he knew this was yet another way he could not only connect with others, but share valuable knowledge with them. What was once a fear of public speaking ultimately turned into an obsession.

When he isn’t helping fellow IT developers, you can find Elio Struyf on his bike, coding, gaming (the Final Fantasy games are his favorite), binge-watching anime, or building random structures with Legos.

Want to know more about him? Get in touch via Twitter, LinkedIn, or his blog.




  • TypeScript
  • JavaScript
  • Node.js
  • C#

SharePoint Specializations

  • Search
  • Branding
  • Development


  • Display Templates
  • CSS
  • HTML


  • Senior developer & architect

    Valo Intrant

    February 2017 – ...

    In December 2017 I started working at Valo Intranet as a senior developer and architect. For Valo Intranet I will focus on a better integration with modern sites in combination with SharePoint Framework.

  • Lead trainer


    February 2017 – December 2017

    In February 2017 I started a new challenge by working as a trainer for U2U. At U2U I give trainings like: Angular, Development on Azure, SharePoint Framework, JavaScript, TypeScript, ...

  • Senior SharePoint Consultant


    1 August 2014 – February 2017

    In August 2014 I started working for Ventigrate as a SharePoint Consultant specialised in branding and search optimalization and visualization.

  • Senior Information Worker Consultant


    30 March 2010 – 31 July 2014

    My job at Xylos consists of SharePoint Branding / Development / Workflow design.

  • SharePoint Consultant


    1 July 2008 – 29 March 2010

    Worked one year as a SharePoint System Engineer for Electrabel. This job contained installing / configuring / maintaining various SharePoint environments.

    During my second year I did some SharePoint and ASP.net development.

    • Shift calendar;
    • Daily task automation;
    • Reporting website.


  • Microsoft Office Servers and Services MVP

  • Top 25 European Office 365 Influencers: link


  • Industrial Engineer Electronics - ICT (Master)

    Hogeschool Antwerpen

    2004 – 2008
  • Electromechanics

    Stedelijk Lyceum Paardenmarkt

    1999 – 2004


  • Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD)
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
  • ITIL ® V3 Foundation Certificate


  • Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions
  • Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions
  • Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • PRO: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications
  • TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
  • TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring
  • Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Configuration
  • Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, Configuration
  • Microsoft .NET Framework - Application Development Foundation
  • ITIL ® V3 Foundation
  • Citrix XenServer Enterprise Edition 4.0


  • Allianz

    SharePoint 2010 Coaching

    • Analysis of the current SharePoint environment
    • Team coach to implement a new SharePoint branding and development approach
  • Deloitte

    SharePoint 2013 Search & Branding specialist

    • Branding for a new SharePoint 2013 intranet
    • Coaching search visualisation
    • Developing display templates for there search results and refiners
  • Indaver

    SharePoint 2013 Migration

    • Branding audit
    • Branding changes to SharePoint 2013
    • Coaching branding in SharePoint 2013
  • De Watergroep

    Branding specialist, SharePoint consultant

    • Migration SharePoint 2010 to 2013
    • Code migration to 2013
    • Optimalisation of the environment
    • Branding of SharePoint 2013 Intranet
  • DP-World

    SharePoint Consultant

    • Technical analysis

    Branding specialist


    Branding specialist

    • SharePoint Online intranet branding
  • De Lijn

    Branding specialist

    • Intranet migration from SharePoint 2010 to 2013
    • Implementing a new layout for their SharePoint 2013 environment
    • Responsive Web Design
  • BDO

    Branding specialist and developer

    • SharePoint 2013 intranet branding
    • Developing a SharePoint APP to give back personal links to internal applications
    • Migration coaching
    • Coaching of internal developers
  • VVSG

    Branding specialist and developer

    • Optimalisation website
    • Creating new page layouts
    • Coaching
  • TMVW

    Branding specialist

    • Adjustment of the branding to the new corporate identity of TMVW for the intranet and extranet platform
  • Atlas Copco

    SharePoint 2013 Extranet

    • Extranet Branding
    • Responsive Web Design
    • Development of user controls
    • Visualizing Dynamic Data with Display Templates
  • Sappi

    Migration project SharePoint 2007 > 2010 > 2013

    • Intranet Branding (2010 / 2013)
    • Development of user controls and web parts
    • Content migration, matching old pages within the new structure
    • Visualizing Dynamic Data with Display Templates
  • SESVanderHave

    Migration project SharePoint 2010 > 2013

    • Intranet Branding SharePoint 2013
  • Lonza

    Nintex Workflow Training

    • SharePoint 2010: Building customized workflows with Nintex Workflow
  • Dräger

    Branding specialist

    • SharePoint 2013 collaboration branding: on-premises and Office 365
  • PwC

    SP2013 Extranet: Lead consultant, developer, Branding specialist

    PwC, there should be set up an extranet platform to transmit information to everyone who starts. PwC has selected SharePoint 2013 because it is easy to integrate with their current intranet platform.

    • Lead consultant
    • Branding SharePoint 2013 extranet
    • Development of web services for the publication of the intranet to allow the extranet platform
    • Establish cross site publishing functionality in SharePoint 2013
  • PwC

    SP2013 intranet migration: Lead consultant, developer, Branding specialist

    During this project, the current intranet, based on Sharepoint 2010, is migrated to Sharepoint 2013.

    • Lead consultant
    • Branding SharePoint 2013 intranet
    • Adjustments of developments in Sharepoint 2010
    • Development of new functionalities
    • Visualization of dynamical data by Display Templates
    • Coaching
  • Xylos

    SP2013 intranet branding

    • SharePoint 2013 intranet branding
    • SharePoint 2013 collaboration branding
  • De Lijn

    Creation of a new intranet

    • Intranet Branding
    • Collaboration Branding
    • Development of user controls and web parts
  • BDO

    SharePoint Consulting

    • Creation of a collaboration layout that matches all the BDO Business Lines in SharePoint 2010
    • Setting up a SharePoint 2010 Extranet environment
    • Development of web parts to be used on the extranet
    • Development of a synchronization application that automatically creates and updates SharePoint extranet sites
    • Creation of Business Workflows with Nintex
    • Migration of SharePoint 2007 sites to 2010
  • PwC

    SharePoint 2010 Intranet

    • Development of a notification system to receive daily, weekly, or monthly digests
    • Development of social functionality features (number of likes and tags)
    • Styling web part data
    • Publication functionality to publish pages to Documentum (EMC Application) from SharePoint
    • Designing workflows with Nintex
  • AW Europe

    SharePoint 2010 Branding

    • SharePoint 2010 Collaboration Branding
  • HDP

    SharePoint 2007 Consulting

    • Setting up a new SharePoint 2007 Environment
    • Replicating the old SharePoint environment
    • Updated the existing SharePoint HDP Applications
    • Workflow optimization and creation of new workflows with Nintex
  • KBC Securities

    SharePoint 2010 Consulting

    • Implementing a new document platform
    • Coaching end users
  • SESVanderHave

    SharePoint 2010 Intranet

    • Intranet Branding SharePoint 2010
  • Revant

    Implementation of a document management platform with approval and archiving workflows

    • SharePoint 2007 Intranet Branding
    • Development and styling of web parts
    • Creation of approval and archiving workflows with Nintex
    • Setting up a new SharePoint 2007 environment
    • Migration of a SharePoint environment
  • Terminal Investment Limited

    SharePoint Consulting

    • Branding of two Extranet Sites for SharePoint 2010
    • Developing a migrationa application for moving documents from 2007 to 2010
    • Publish to extranet functionality
    • PDF Conversion workflows
    • SharePoint 2007 / 2010 Consulting
  • Indaver

    SharePoint 2007 Workflows

    • Nintex Workflow End-User Training
    • Optimizing SharePoint 2007 Nintex Workflows
    • Updating SharePoint Workflows to enable documents to be converted to PDF
    • Development of a custom action that starts workflows when items get deleted
  • Kind & Gezin

    SharePoint 2010 Coaching

    • SharePoint 2010 Collaboration Branding
    • Branding and Development Coaching
    • Development of Extended Search Web Parts
  • Umicore

    SharePoint 2010 Branding

    • SharePoint 2010 Intranet / Extranet Branding
  • Water-link

    Implementation of a new SharePoint 2010 Collaboration Environment / Intranet

    • SharePoint 2010 Collaboration / Intranet Branding
    • Setting up various department sites
    • WebPart Development
    • Customized styles for the Content Query WebPart and Data View WebParts
  • Fluxys

    Development of a contract lifecycle management application on SharePoint 2007

    • Site Definitions
    • Event Receivers
    • WebParts
  • Business Faculty

    Setting up a SharePoint 2010 Public Website

    • Public website branding
    • Configuration of the SharePoint 2010 site
    • Development of various WebParts (form generator, data filters, etc...)
    • Setting up a multilingual environment
  • Dräger

    SharePoint intranet branding and development of a news application

    • SharePoint 2010 Intranet Branding
    • Development of a news application with multiple web parts to filter news
    • Custom action to easily create news articles