As we begin the year and make plans and consider the year ahead, the staff at IT Unity would like to extend Happy New Year’s wishes to all of our readers and contributors.
Some great SharePoint and Office 365 community members are getting an extra special “bump” to begin 2015. Today, Microsoft announced a new round of Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) awards, and renewed MVPs for another year. I would like to call out special attention to these outstanding individuals, who in many ways make up the foundation of our community.
If you haven’t had the pleasure of working with Microsoft MVPs in the past, let me tell you that it is truly a privilege to do so. Speaking on my own behalf, and reflecting back 20+ years of working in the development and IT pro communities in the Microsoft space, I’ve spent most of my own career in the training, publishing and conference business working with literally hundreds of Microsoft MVPs. (I worked as an editor and then for a training company in the early days of Microsoft Access, Visual Basic, SQL Server and FoxPro, and almost every writer and trainer I worked with was a Microsoft MVP.) I knew back then that Microsoft MVPs are individuals who provide passion, insight, perspective and energy. They recognize the worth of freely giving technical knowledge to others, providing oceans of help, good will, friendship and leadership, and thereby raising all of the boats upon which we individually float through our professional and personal lives.
Each day of my career I get to work with MVPs to give their writing a little more polish, create opportunities for them to become better speakers, and connect them to the community at large, and to each other. I enjoy my work every day because of the personal drive and the fun that the many MVPs in our community bring to their work.
If you haven’t been to a SharePoint / Office 365 community event in a while, even if it’s just one of the many great user groups around the world, do that this year. As you plan what you’d like to accomplish in 2015, please add a few events to your list for the next few months. You can check out the list of global events on IT Unity’s events calendar. Push yourself a bit out of your comfort zone to go up and shake the hands of a few of the speakers who contribute to our community, and who are volunteering their energy and passion to help others learn. They are there for you, and you’ll be better for meeting them.
To the many of my colleagues and many friends in the Microsoft MVP community, and to the many that I will meet in the coming year as I get deeper into the SharePoint and Office 365 communities in particular, I’d like to say congratulations to you for winning this award. I know you’ve earned it, and all of us thank you for providing the foundation of our community.
Managing Editor, IT Unity
Find out more about the MVP Award program and read today's MVP announcement.