Last fall, we launched the Groove MVP program and requested nominations from Microsoft full-time employees. Microsoft's MVP team performs an extensive review of all candidates nominated for this prestigious award.
The primary criteria to be awarded MVP is the nominee having voluntarily engaged in creating, aggregating, and proliferating content that provides real world answers to customer and partner issues in support of the community. The MVP candidate has unselfishly shared his or her expertise via Microsoft or third party blogs, newsgroups, user forums, events, and other venues.
We are pleased to announce Groove's first four MVPs, who were notified in January:
Fabrice Barbin (France): Fabrice works for Hommes & Process and has actively shared his Groove expertise via multiple community sites and his own French and English language blog. He has presented Groove sessions at many third party and Microsoft technical events in EMEA and North America over the past 2 years, including DevCon, TechDays in France, TechEd, and to the French user group “Club MOSS France”. Fabrice has also authored articles and whitepapers about Groove which have been featured in the French magazine “Programmez!” and on Microsoft’s TechNet French site.
Supriyo “SB” Chatterjee (USA): SB has been an active contributor to the Groove community since 2001 in the support forums on groove.net (prior to acquisition by Microsoft) and in Microsoft newsgroups, and has contributed over 1,000 discussion posts about Groove. Beginning with Groove’s 2.5 release, SB administered and contributed to several Groove workspaces catering to the developer community. In addition, he actively participated in Groove workspaces providing logistical support for the Tsunami Relief Effort. SB is an experienced developer in C#/.NET, ASP.NET, SQL Server 2000/2005, SharePoint, & Groove, and has been Acting Director of the Connecticut .NET Developers Group since 2004.
Mark Smith (UK): Mark is a skilled developer who has built and delivered a variety of unique Groove solutions over the past 5+ years that leverage Groove Forms, Groove Web Services, and the Groove Data Bridge. Mark was one of the top contributors to the Groove.net forum (prior to acquisition by Microsoft), and now regularly shares his knowledge about Groove developer topics via his blog. He currently works for Microsoft partner Information Patterns.
Elisabeth Vanderveldt (Canada): Elisabeth works for Conamex Intl and has been a strong Groove advocate in Canada. She is VP and international chair of IAMCP, a global network representing over 3,000 Microsoft partners in over 24 countries. Elisabeth helped drive getting IAMCP to use Groove to run the entire Canadian board. In addition to delivering seminars on SBS, Office, Vista, MOSS, and Groove integration, Elisabeth maintains her own multilingual English/French blog. She has provided 1:1 technical support for new Groove users and helped route them to appropriate technical resources to help accelerate their ramp up on Groove.
We are now plugged in to the quarterly nomination cycle that all Microsoft MVP programs follow, and are currently reviewing nominations received this quarter. We hope to be able to announce additional Groove MVPs in early April. Stay tuned!