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Pranav Sharma
4414 Washington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
(301) 775-9392
A subject matter expert capable of taking any SharePoint project from concept definition to execution and beyond. Over the course of six years, Pranav has successfully advised his portfolio of 15 clients at varying stages of a SharePoint project; ranging from Business Analysis to Solution Governance. He specializes in the Architecture & Development of custom solutions on the SharePoint platform. In 2012, Pranav co-founded Almond Labs with the goal of creating reusable solutions to help organizations get the most out of their SharePoint assets by improving user adoption, engagement, and knowledge-worker productivity.
Skills & Expertise
MCPS: SharePoint 2013
MCTS: SharePoint 2010 Application Dev.
MCITP: SharePoint 2010 Administrator
MCTS: SharePoint 2007 Configuring
HTML, CSS, JavaScript, jQuery
Business Analysis
Project Management
SCRUM (Agile Development)
Digital & Social Media Marketing
SharePoint Search
Business Intelligence
Office 365
Federated Identity & Auth., ADFS
Smart Card (CAC) Authentication
MCT: Microsoft Certified Trainer
Professional Experience
Almond Labs (Washington DC, Metro Area) – Co-Founder
Oct 2012 to Present
Major Clients: Cambridge Associates, Dow Jones, Federal Medical Simulation and Training Consortium
  • Architected SP 2013 farms for large financial firm supporting best practices across multiple environments.
  • Setup Office 365 environment for internal use with a hybrid architecture using ADFS for federated authentication.
  • Developed sandbox solution using JSOM & BCS for integrating MicroStrategy reports within SharePoint.
  • Supported large codebase of 2013 farm solutions ranging from custom site provisioning to search customizations.
  • Created the marketing strategy to raise brand awareness and generate qualified leads through digital marketing.
  • Set up the sales pipeline tracking processes using Dynamics CRM to coordinate progress company-wide.
  • Drafted and reviewed contractual agreements to ensure equitable business relationships and legal compliance.
  • Wrote proposals in response to RFPs from both Commercial and Public sectors.
  • Balanced books and filed taxes on a regular and timely basis to remain compliant and improve financial visibility.
  • Led stakeholder interviews to develop project roadmaps on SharePoint projects.
  • Managed multiple, concurrent work streams using SCRUM (agile) methodology leading to successful deliveries.
Self Employed (East Coast) – Independent SharePoint Consultant
May 2011 to Present
Major Clients: Romano Gatland, Public Service Electric & Gas Company, US Dept. of Transportation
  • Supported a custom SharePoint solution to extract metadata from Computer Aided Design (CAD) drawings.
  • Analyzed gaps in SharePoint roadmap and provided guidance to creative design team for public site rollout.
  • Upgraded a SharePoint 2007 farm to Sandboxed site collections to align with Enterprise strategy.
  • Developed sandbox solution using JSOM & Search API to create reusable staff roster WebPart.
Portal Solutions (Rockville, MD) – Senior SharePoint Consultant
Sep 2009 to Jun 2012
Major Clients: Girl Scouts of USA, Conservation International, Electronic Consulting Services Federal (ECS), Fraunhofer, Prometric, American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Designed the technical architecture for scalable intranets, extranets, and public-facing websites using SharePoint.
  • Supported pre-sales activities such as project estimation and proposed solution architecture for SOWs.
  • Contained project scope by actively working with clients to ensure successful project delivery.
  • Managed multiple work-streams across on-site and off-shore developers for fast solution delivery.
  • Developed reusable custom solutions to be used across multiple clients in the same vertical market.
  • Customized the SharePoint user interface extensively to improve the user experience.
  • Evaluated and integrated appropriate third-party products into solutions, thus reducing build time.
  • Engaged in post-production activities such as end-user training, product evolution, and break-fix support.
Accenture (Reston, VA) – Consulting Analyst
Sep 2008 to Sep 2009
Clients: Philip Morris, US Postal Service
  • Defined multiple components of the technical architecture framework that allowed different applications to interface with each other, thus enabling the build/test teams to stay focused within single applications.
  • Created multiple reports using Business Objects Crystal Reports 11 that allowed the client to better track sales-workforce related activities by bringing together data from multiple systems.
  • Worked with the client to limit scope of requirements thus helping the project commit deliverables, schedules, and resources to the client.
  • Designed technical specifications that satisfied functional requirements and enabled off-shore resources to deliver, thereby optimizing the use of project resources.
  • Created a development plan for senior management, allowing the project to commit a delivery schedule to the client that ensured on-time delivery and satisfaction of quality expectations.
  • Provided high visibility to senior management using daily status reports to identify potential issues before they became critical, thereby reducing project risk.
  • Supported parallel releases across eight environments; enabling new project teams to seamlessly ramp on, thus allowing them to stick to tight delivery schedules.
Portal Solutions (Rockville, MD) – SharePoint Consultant
May 2006 to Dec 2007
(See above for details)
Thomson West (Washington, DC) – Network Administrator
Apr 2006 to May 2008
  • Maintained and monitored multiple production server clusters.
  • Designed and developed a Monitoring Utility to watch incoming vendor feeds using C# .NET (2.0).
  • Created a front-end Desktop Application to provide Production Managers easy access to SQL data.
Sears (Silver Spring, MD) – Brand Central Lead
Feb 2005 to Nov 2005
  • Supervised 45 full-time and part-time sales associates responsible for selling home appliances and electronics.
  • Coached associates to produce repeat business and to gain synergy sales such as in-house credit, product protection plans and accessories in order to increase profit margins.
  • Reinforced sales and synergy goals by training associates who did not meet goals and by recognizing top performers to provide positive reinforcement and create a sense of competition among associates.
  • Identified department hiring needs, filtered job applications and interviewed potential new hires.
Sears (Silver Spring, MD) – Part-Time Sales Associate
Aug 2003 to Feb 2005
  • Sold Home Electronics ranging from Digital Cameras to Plasma TVs.
Global Securities Information, Inc. (Washington, DC) – Data Analyst
Jun 2001 to Jun 2003
  • Planned and implemented an internal Management Information System.
  • Created complex yet easily readable reports for production managers using Crystal Reports 8.5.
  • Automated report data collection process using Crystal Enterprise 8.0.
Harvard Extension School, Strategic Management Certificate
Sep 2013 to Present
  • Strategic Management.
  • Services Marketing and Management Strategies.
University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Sep 2002 to May 2008
  • Bachelor of Science, General Business.
  • Bachelor of Science, Computer Engineering.
Gemstone Honors program at University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Sep 2002 to May 2006
  • Participated in a 4 year undergraduate Honors research program.
  • Researched fleet monitoring technologies and their impact on fleet operations.