Deemed "Most Valuable" - Part 1, the surprise email

Share Jamie McAllister's Journey as a Microsoft Sharepoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP).


Share Jamie McAllister's Journey as a Microsoft Sharepoint Most Valuable Professional (MVP).


On the first of January this year, 2013 seemed to be getting off to a slow start. Everything was shut for the holidays, the sky was grey, and my children seemed a little jaded with their Christmas presents.

Things were set for a big change however because later that day I received an email from Microsoft to tell me that I'd been awarded the MVP for SharePoint.

This was a very pleasant surprise indeed. The MVP Award, or Most Valuable Professional award is given to people who in Microsoft's view are "exceptional community leaders who actively share their high-quality, real-world deep technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft. They are committed to helping others get the most out of their experience with Microsoft products and technologies".

Now, I can't pinpoint exactly why I was singled out to receive the award this year. For several years I have been involved in the SharePoint Community through Blogging, Speaking at the SharePoint User Group meetings in the UK, and have recently done a couple of global webcasts about SharePoint. These contributions must have been a factor, though MVP award or not I'm happy to give them and will continue to do so.



So, what happens now?
Well, first and foremost I've been invited to the MVP Global Summit in Seattle which begins on the 18th of February. This event is open to MVPs from across the world, and is hosted both in Bellevue (near Seattle, USA) and the Microsoft Headquarters at Redmond. There will be a number of technical sessions about SharePoint and other Microsoft products, but further it will be a fantastic chance to network with other MVPs and learn about the real world issues they face in their areas of their expertise.

Frankly I've been nursing a long standing ambition to see Microsoft's Redmond campus. As someone who has specialized in Microsoft technologies since the dim distant days of the twentieth century I'm really looking forward to seeing where it all comes from. Some of the events will allow me to meet Microsoft Product Managers at Redmond, and I hope to gain an insight into where the product roadmap is heading and what solutions we’re likely to be able to provide with them in future.

It's a long flight from Geneva to Seattle. As the day of departure approaches the excitement is building. The MVP Summit website has stern warnings about being prepared for the weather in Seattle, which is funny because from what I can tell the weather there is a little warmer than Switzerland if anything. My MVP compatriots from the tropics may find it a shock to the system though. :)

When I return from the Summit I'll be armed with lots of pictures of the event, knowledge of future technological developments, and will have met many of the movers and shakers in the SharePoint world. The event promises to be wonderful, and is a great start to my year as MVP for SharePoint in 2013.

Stay tuned for more.










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About the author

Jamie McAllister
Jamie McAllister

Jamie is a Sharepoint Consultant with blue-infinity and a Microsoft MVP.