One Year Later

A year ago, July 1st 2016, I started my role as a Partner Technology Strategist Technology Solutions Professional in Microsoft’s SMB team in the UK. I am the only dedicated technology person in a rather large team. One year later, with a couple of job title changes thrown into the mix, I find myself at the start of something new. Again.

One Year Later, Looking Back

I’m proud of the work I’ve done in the last year. I’ve had opportunities I’d never dreamed could be possible. From visiting Microsoft’s data centre in Dublin to having my first named quote in the press, and everything in between. It’s been one of the best years at the company so far. I’ve had the privilege of working with some truly excellent partners on solving technology challenges for their customers and I’ve had the pleasure of engaging new audiences through speaking gigs and special projects. I even took on the function of “Chief Technology Officer for SMB” in the UK. So to say I closed out “FY17” on a high is an understatement.

Although, I couldn’t have had these opportunities without the people around me. In the SMB team, I’ve come to find some of the most driven, talented, funny, caring and awesome people I’ve ever worked with. Ever. To all of them, thank you for making me feel part of the team so readily and easily.

Nothing ever lasts forever. Microsoft’s fiscal years run July-June, and each year tends to bring with it the winds of change. FY18 is no exception.

Looking Forward

This week, at the global partner event Inspire, Microsoft announced it is to bring together partner-focused teams from across the company into one organisation: One Commercial Partner (OCP. Not that one!). Designed to make it simpler to apply the right resource, to the right customer or partner, at the right time, OCP means better support and engagement from Microsoft. This means that the work I do will change slightly over the coming weeks and months. I don’t have all the details just yet. I certainly don’t intend to give up blogging and speaking to Microsoft’s customers and partners about the awesome power of technology to drive transformation.

Some Things Don’t Change

My passions are the same. My plan to continue telling stories about how all this new technology can help everyone be more effective, get more time back for themselves and survive the “fourth industrial revolution” is unchanged. When you think about it, how Microsoft aligns itself internally almost doesn’t matter if the objective of “empowering every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more” is still the mission (it is). Everything I do professionally is done with that mission in mind.

James 🖖