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Stephen IbarakiIndustry AnalystFCIPS, I.S.P., ITCP/IP3P, DFNPA, CNP, FGITCA, MVP
Companies and organizations recognize individuals as Fellows for their significant contributions. So Apple has their Fellows; Guy Kawasaki is an Apple Fellow. The ACM and CIPS also have their Fellows; Maria Klawe is one of them. Both have been interviewed here.What about special recognition for service to technical groups – a "fellow" program for serving the greater Community? This is how I view the MVP program: a special Fellows program for independent volunteers who give so much for the advancement of IT practitioners and represent a significant resource to business, industry, academia, government, and the media. I feel privileged to write this blog since our very own Graham Jones, who writes and contributes so much to the CIM, and to ICT professionals as President of VANTUG, is the recipient of the Microsoft MVP Award. Graham as a newly minted MVP receives this recognition for his "demonstrated technical expertise, willingness to help others and commitment to technical communities," and his "extraordinary contribution." Graham as an MVP represents, "technology's best and brightest," "a stellar group of individuals from around the world who have demonstrated a willingness to reach out." Congratulations to Graham for this very special recognition in providing service, not only to technical communities but also to the greater community: charities, industry, business, media, education, and government.Cheers,Stephen Ibaraki