Congratulations 2017-2018 Microsoft MVP!

Saturday, July 1, 2017
I'm pleased to announce that I have been given the Office Servers and Services Microsoft MVP award again for 2017-2018. I have been awarded every year since 2009, so this will be my ninth consecutive year.

The MVP Award is an important recognition to me and I'm very pleased to receive it. It includes several benefits, but the most important one to me are all the interactions with the great product groups at Microsoft. These relationships allow me to reach out to specific product team members to provide feedback and get clarification on product features and behaviors.

It's a mutually beneficial partnership -- under NDA, Microsoft is able to talk with MVPs about product futures, provide access to technology adoption programs (TAPs) to try out new software, and solicit our feedback. As MVPs, we are able to provide important and honest feedback to the product teams about how new features and behaviors will affect our customers, beta test new software and file bug reports, and be advocates for you, the customer.

This also adds value to my IT consulting business, EXPTA Consulting. It's evidence that Microsoft values my technical leadership and real-world experience, which I bring to each and every engagement, and customers know that I provide the best results as their trusted advisor.

I feel great!

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