It looks like 2011 has begun very nicely for me, as I awoke to find an email from Microsoft notifying me that I had been given an MVP award for 2011! The MVP program has been around since the early 1990s, and according to the email, awards are granted to “exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Server technical communities during the past year”. Certainly more praise than I would accord to myself, but I’ll take it!
If you read this blog, what this means to you is that I will be in a better position to see and work with new products earlier, to have better access to the product teams at Microsoft, and to be better able to interact with fellow MVPs. Taken together it means that the advice offered here will be better, and hopefully more frequent.
I would also like to take the opportunity to thank Stephen Giles and Simran Chaudhry from Microsoft Canada, who both thought I was a worthwhile candidate, and who worked hard to make this happen. I would also like to thank Alain Fournier,Erik Moll,and Arshad Pathare, also all from Microsoft Canada, who have believed in Second Foundation Intelligence, over the past few years, and who are also strongly advocating on our behalf. Finally I would like to thank my business partner Ed Senez, who makes the business run, and everyone else at Second Foundation Intelligence, who has to put up with me on a daily basis.
Here’s to a great 2011!