New ITPRO Africa Author from Tunisia Mahmoud Challouf

ITPRO Africa is proud to welcome Mahmoud Challouf to our list of Authors. Mahmoud Challouf maintains a Sharepoint blog at, a Linked-in user group : SharePoint Tunisie and  is a senior SharePoint consultant at NetSystem-group in Tunisia.

Mahmoud will be blogging about SharePoint and related topics in English and in French and as such represents our first author to be blogging in a native tongue besides English. To this end we’ve added another Category with RSS feed


As we mentioned in our about page, we believe in Africa and we’re looking for African authors, and would love to host you in your native language.

Enough of us though, please allow me to introduce Mahmoud Challouf in his own words in English and in Français


Born the July 29th 1985, in Sousse – Tunisia.

I was 13 years old when I wrote my first Visual basic 6 program. At the age of 15, I have started working on Microsoft ASP and created my first web site « Tunisiano » for downloads and video games testing. Three years later, I have decided to move to PHP programming and start my freelance career.

At the age of 18 I have started my software engineering studies and also started working. I’ve worked with Tunisian and foreign companies that helped me improving my consultancy skills. During this period I’ve worked on many technologies including J2EE and especially on Microsoft Technologies. I have worked on SQL Server 2005/2008, Windows Server 2k3/2K8/2K8R2, SharePoint 2007, ASP.NET, WCF, Win Forms, Linq and many others. During this period, I have obtained the title of Microsoft Student Partner and helped the Microsoft Innovation Center promoting the SharePoint and Internet explorer technologies. I also was the vice president of the Microsoft .NET Club at the institute I was studying in.

I have worked for 2 years as an ASP.NET/SharePoint consultant for OneTake and now I’m working as Senior SharePoint consultant with NetSystem. I’m implementing collaboration platforms, automation of business processes and LOB applications integration with SharePoint.

I’m certified Microsoft technology specialist on Framework 2.0 and Windows Communication Foundation.


Né le 29 Juillet 1985, à Sousse-Tunisie.

J’ai commencé la programmation à l’âge de 13 ans avec un programme écrit en Visual basic 6. Dès l’âge de 15 ans j’ai crée mon premier site en Microsoft ASP qui s’appelle « Tunisiano » et offrant aux internautes des téléchargements et tests de jeux vidéos. Trois ans après, j’ai décidé de basculer vers le langage PHP et commencé ma carrière de Freelance.

A l’âge de 18, j’ai commencé mes études d’ingénierie logicielle et j’ai aussi commencé à travailler. J’ai travaillé avec des entreprises tunisiennes et aussi étrangères qui m’ont beaucoup aidé à forger mes capacités de consultant. Durant cette période, j’ai travaillé sur différentes technologies, notamment J2EE mais spécialement les technologies Microsoft. J’ai fait des projets avec on SQL Server 2005/2008, Windows Server 2k3/2K8/2K8R2, SharePoint 2007, ASP.NET, WCF, Win Forms, Linq et beaucoup d’autre. Durant cette période, j’ai obtenu le titre de Microsoft Student Partner en aidant le Microsoft Innovation Center à promouvoir certain produit notamment SharePoint et Internet Explorer. J’ai était le vice président du Microsoft .NET Club de l’institut où je poursuivi mes études.

J’ai travaillé pendant deux ans en tant que consultant ASP.NET/SharePoint avec OneTake. Maintenant je travaille pour le compte de NetSystem en tant que consultant senior sur la technologie SharePoint. J’ai implémenté des solutions de collaboration, automatisation des processus métiers et aussi intégration des applications métiers avec SharePoint.

Je suis certifié Microsoft Technology Specialist sur le Framework 2.0 et le Windows Communication Foundation.

Nicolas Blank

Nicolas is an Architect, author, and speaker focused on all things Exchange and Cloud at NBConsult. With over 16 years of experience on Exchange, Nicolas consults to customers globally on cloud based and on-premises Exchange as well as ISVs building Exchange focused products. Nicolas has extensive experience using Azure to create public and private Azure based offerings leveraging cloud based principles and common sense. Nicolas currently holds status of MCM Exchange 2010, Office 365 (Microsoft Certified Master), MCSM Exchange 2013, and has been awarded Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Microsoft Exchange since March 2007. Nicolas has co-authored "Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: Design, Deploy and Deliver an Enterprise Messaging Solution," published by Sybex. Nicolas blogs regularly on Exchange and messaging topics at, tweets at @nicolasblank, and is the founder of and a contributor to IT Pro Africa and @itproafrica

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