Andrew Connell

National Geographic Presents: An endangered species...

Last March, Microsoft hosted the MVP Global Summit… a calling where all MVP’s are invited to Redmond, all wrapped up in a nice tight NDA bow. They organize it by your competency… or more commonly known as a product SKU. In April my award was up for renewal and instead of receiving a renewal for Microsoft Content Management Server (MCMS) , this time it was for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS). All of the MCMS MVPs were transitioned from MCMS to MOSS MVPs a month or so before that.

So, at the summit we usually pair up into our respective groups. Those of us CMS folk were usually paired up with the SharePoint MVP’s in the past (there were only five of us at the last Summit in September 2005, four in attendance: Spence, Joel, Angus, and myself). This time, only Spence and I were onsite. But this time, we already knew the CMS MVP designation was gone and we were officially MOSS MVPs.

This time, only two of the old CMS MVPs made it to the Summit: Spence and myself. At the Office Group dinner, Spence found the placard just for us (which was smuggled out :P)! Somehow we sneaked through! So we had to get the last pictures of this dying species known as CMS MVPs: :)

Andrew Connell
Founder & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.