It’s with a blend of excitement and sadness that I make my last post to Microknowledge under the KMA banner.
During the past several years, I’ve been honored to be associated with KMA. KMA has grown into a team focused on a broadening horizon of Microsoft solutions, beyond New England to reach clients throughout the US. I’ve been extremely well supported by KMA, including our partners, David Goldstein, Jorge Rodriquez, Mike Gilronan and Jean Tufts. KMA has always had a great culture that includes collaboration, consensus and, of course, Friday bagel days.
Ultimately, it’s been about the people. I’ve been privileged to help design and deliver client solutions to some extremely warm and wonderful folks. Our clients and consultants have pushed the boundaries of what we know, and helped me, in particular, learn new capabilities.
I’ve also had a great opportunity to speak and write about SharePoint in the larger national community – TechEd, SharePoint Saturday, Office 2010 Launch, user groups, SPTechCon and more. For me, I’ve been rewarded with a great group of friends among the clients, consultants and ISVs of the SharePoint world.
Highlights? Officially, I’d have to include our Microsoft Partner Excellence Awards in 2010 and 2011, our ongoing Gold and Silver certifications with Microsoft, and our successful projects for upgrades, partner extranets, metadata-enhanced infrastructures, professional project sites and Project Server. Plus some EXTREMELY large server farms.
At some of my presentations last year, I often introduced SharePoint 2010 as the “bright frontier”. I took this photo a few years ago on eastern Long Island in New York, where I grew up. This is a sunrise. I love the few minutes before dawn, when everything is new, filled with the promise of rushing forward into new lands, glowing in light, where everything is new and everything is possible.
So I’m also looking forward to the next sunrise. I know that KMA is in capable hands moving forward, and I look ahead to watching its success in the years to come. Derek Cash-Peterson is going to do amazing things as the SharePoint practice lead. I’m grateful for everything KMA has done for me.
And I’m doubly honored to be asked to take on a new role. I will be joining Quest Software as SharePoint Strategic Product Manager and Evangelist. In my new role, I’ll continue reaching out to share and learn from the SharePoint community. Plus, I’ll help bring your guidance back into Quest to help shape the future of their SharePoint solutions. I’ll have more to say about my role at Quest soon. But I’d like to acknowledge my predecessor at Quest, Joel Oleson. Joel’s been an absolutely vital leader in the SharePoint community, as well as a friend. Joel remains a key leader in the worldwide community. I promise to do my best to emulate the quality of his commitment. Thanks to Joel, Bill Evans, and the rest of the Quest team.
You’ll still be able to find me. I’ve setup www.chrismcnulty.net to share information about SharePoint technologies. This blog, Microknowledge, is moving there too – www.chrismcnulty.net/blog I’ll continue to post tips, advice, version numbers and best practices on SharePoint, SQL and Project Server there, as well as my schedule of upcoming speaking events (Next up – KMWorld in Washington DC on SharePoint Admin 101 on October 31 – www.kmworld.com ). Plus, you can always find me on Twitter @cmcnulty2000.
That’s it. Again, I’m extremely grateful to everyone – past and present – in the KMA world. Of course, none of this would be possible without the ongoing love and support of my wife Hayley and my family. And I look forward to tomorrow and continuing my role in the SharePoint world. Thanks again, and see you soon.