Today we’re talking to Wes Hackett and Paul Schaeflein, the CTO and the Technical Architect of Addin365. And we discuss why providing clear career roadmaps and being radically transparent are key for retaining top talent. How Addin365 helps businesses get the most out of the Microsoft Suite, and how difficult and rewarding it is to be confronted with new challenges every day. 

All of this, right here, right now, on the Modern CTO Podcast!

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About Wes Hackett:

Wes leads customer and product strategy at AddIn365. He has been working with Office 365 since its 2007 release and has led the delivery of the world’s largest Office 365 implementations, for some of the most organisationally complex companies that include WPP, ARUP, TSB Bank and Atkins.

Wes has been a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for 9 years. MVP status is only given to a handful of individuals by Microsoft, globally, for their technical expertise. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions and to solve real world problems.

As a Microsoft MVP for Office Apps and Services, Wes enjoys sharing his experience and knowledge, speaking at Microsoft events such as TechDays Online, Future Decoded and Ignite conferences. In 2021, Wes was selected to host an exclusive interview with Director of Product at Microsoft Adam Harmetz to explore, pre-release, the capabilities of Viva and continues to work closely with the Microsoft Product Group. 

Alongside his fellow MVPs at AddIn365 (Suzy Dean and Paul Schaeflein), Wes regularly hosts ‘Speak with an MVP’ sessions to support IT leaders and Communications professionals when delivering their employee experience platforms. For your chance to ‘Speak with an MVP’ visit

About Paul Schaeflein:

Paul Schaeflein is a solution architect/developer with experience in architecting, designing and developing software solutions. This experience covers a vast range of technologies, languages and industries.

Paul works at AddIn365, helping employees to use the right parts of Office 365 to complete their work. In doing so, we help organisations to utilise Office 365, maximising their return on investment in the Office 365 platform.

Paul is a co-host of the Microsoft 365 Developer Podcast. In addition, Paul is a top-rated speaker, having presented at SharePoint Evolutions, the SharePoint Evolutions Roadshow, the Microsoft SharePoint Conference and TechEd conferences, as well as user groups. In recognition of community efforts, Microsoft has awarded Paul as a Most Valuable Professional (MVP) eleven times.

About Addin365:

AddIn365 is a London headquartered Microsoft Charter Partner, recognised as one of the best partners globally for Business Applications and Content Services solutions, by Microsoft.

AddIn365 specialise in delivering and enhancing employee experiences on Office 365; from communications capabilities that leverage Viva, SharePoint, Yammer, Teams and Stream to productivity solutions that leverage Microsoft Teams and the Power Platform.

Proudly home to elite accredited globally recognised experts, AddIn365 boasts 3 in-house Microsoft MVPs.

The leadership team are regularly invited to speak at many of Microsoft’s largest conferences to share our insights and customer success stories; which include many of the world’s best-known brands and structurally complex organisations including WPP, Signant Health, St. James’s Place Wealth Management, National Highways, ASM PT, Lotus Cars, Wincanton and Wales & West Utilities. You can discover more by visiting the discovery centre Helping Organisations Unleash the Power of Microsoft Office 365 AddIn365.

Joel Beasley

Joel began writing code at age 13 selling his first technology by age 18 for one million dollars. In his first three transactions, he developed key relationships and began working with Investors and Chief Technology Officers collaborating and building products in Real Estate, Law, Finance, and Fitness.

Today, Joel is a Chief Technologist volgging the process of building a company Joel is an author of the book Modern CTO a #1 New Release on Amazon and a #1 Technology Podcast with 70k active listeners. Joel has a clear vision and passion for modern technology, placing him as one of the most exciting Chief Technology Officers to watch out for.

Joel is the President of a charity that designs STEM related children’s books Back to the Moon and Princess Physicist. These books are then donated to orphanages, homeless pregnant woman and in-need children. Beasley Foundation was formed in February 2017 after Joel, Mitch and Valerie lost their Mother to Leukemia after being diagnosed 6 weeks earlier. Joel and his siblings wanted to do something unique with her life insurance money and the Beasley Foundation was formed.

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