According to Microsoft, approximately 4000 of its global community members received this award out of its total of over 100 million eligible members. Candidates are nominated by Microsoft, other community individuals or colleagues and are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary contributions to the Microsoft community.
Microsoft states its description of the criteria for selection: “MVPs are recognized for their exceptional technical expertise, willingness to help others make the most of their technology, and for making a significant and positive impact on communities. MVPs reach out and contribute to online and offline communities through a broad range of channels. These include online forums such as Microsoft Answers, TechNet and MSDN; wikis and online content; conferences and user groups; their own podcasts, Web sites and blogs; and articles and books.”
Additionally, MVPs receive early access to new and emerging technologies through a variety of Microsoft programs, keeping them on the cutting edge of the both the software and hardware industries and making them invaluable to the clients they serve.
Both SACI team members represent Microsoft Dynamics GP. Singh developed and maintains http://www.GPWindow.com, a resource hub and collection of Dynamics-related blogs, articles and forums used by Dynamics GP professionals around the world. Allen is both a Microsoft Certified Professional for Dynamics GP (MCP) and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). She is also one of the co-founders of Smith & Allen Consulting, Inc. (http://www.saci.com), a firm with over 21 years’ experience specializing in business intelligence, analytics and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. Additionally, she maintains a blog designed specifically for Dynamics GP users, http://www.BelindaTheGPcsi.com.
MVPs represent the best and the brightest in the industry, and SACI is honored to have two active MVPs on its team.
Smith and Allen Consulting, Inc. has been a business management software consultant for over twenty years. The company began selling Great Plains Accounting (now Dynamics GP) in 1991 and have worked extensively with the product and its expanded offerings ever since. Allen explains, “We have grown up with it and have in-depth knowledge of its evolutions and benefits, and that’s what we bring to the table to assist clients in choosing, implementing or improving their ERP systems.”