This is the next interview in the continuing series which is featured here “first” in the Canadian IT Managers (CIM) forum.
In this blog series, we talk with Sean O'Driscoll: Global Senior Director for CSS Community and MVP Worldwide, Microsoft Corporation.
We started our chat with Sean on Friday where I profiled Sean’s background. We continue our discussion with Sean…Stephen: You talked earlier about the MVP award program. As its director, can you expand on what the program means to ICT professionals and to communities?
Sean: As I said earlier, what makes communities valuable are the experts within them that so willingly share their knowledge, experience and insights. Communities (and their experts) would exist without the MVP award – but the award certainly makes it easier to identify many of the outstanding technical leaders in the industry. Your readers can have a look at http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/ to see a directory of MVPs. There’s also a great site managed by the MVPs themselves at http://www.mvps.org/ with links to 3rd party web sites and blogs maintained by MVPs. I hope that after reading this interview, your readers might take more notes when they see the MVP logo and recognize that the person on the other end has been recognized by Microsoft for their outstanding technical contributions to the communities.
Stephen: What traits do MVPs generally have in common?
Sean: I think I can boil this down to three things.
Stephen: What do you hope to accomplish with the program in the future?
Sean: It starts with continuing to run a great program that is true to its roots and history. There are some core principals for the Award that are part of this.
Stephen: Which are your top recommended IT resources?
Sean: #1 is Communities…communities…and communities. Seriously, I use an online community for some purpose literally every day. I hope your readers will start with some of the links I included earlier to start their exploring.
Additionally, I’d recommend:
MSDN: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx________________________In the next blog, Sean provides his predictions of future trends and their implications/opportunities: Communities grow, Social Networking blends online/offline, Corporate transparency, Consumer empowerment
I also encourage you to share your thoughts here on these interviews or send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.________________________Thank you,Stephen Ibaraki, FCIPS, I.S.P.
I didn't know that MVPs were this pool of talent that are available. Great information. Thanks.
This program needs more attention from the media and industry. I didn't know they existed until now. Enjoyed the chat!