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Sean O'Driscoll: General Manager for Community Support and the MVP Program

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Sean O'Driscoll, a General Manager for Community Support and the MVP Program at Microsoft, is interviewed by Ken Levy discussing the history, current state, and future of Microsoft MVPs and the MVP Program. For the past 5 years, Sean has been responsible for the MVP Program which now includes about 4,000 MVPs worldwide. Microsoft MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) are a select group of experts representing technology's best and brightest people who share a commitment to community. For more information about the MVP Program, refer to http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/.

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      wisemx

      The Peer support among developers Sean talks about really has grown into something dependable.
      Back in the late 80's, after being nudged by a few Msft employees, I created a support BBS for developers.
      I can hardly form the proper words to express how much Peer support has grown since then.
      2008 is an exciting time for Microsoft fans. Wink

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      staceyw
      Viva la MVPs!  Ok, so I am biased.  For last ~8 years at least, NG support is almost always good by MS and MVPs.  Personally, I don't care for the web forums as it is harder for me.  Using OE (smart client) to browse all my NGs just seems simplier and faster somehow.  One I see currently lacking is Office Accounting General and SDK - but it is growing and not sure it has any MVPs yet.  Thanks Sean.

      --William [C# MVP]
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      Ken Levy
      In case any of you didn't see this news from last December, Sean O'Driscoll is in the process of leaving Microsoft after 15 years, see his blog post about it below:

      15 years at Microsoft, coming to an end…mixed emotions
      http://communitygrouptherapy.com/2007/12/20/15-years-at-microsoft-coming-to-an-endmixed-emotions/
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      ymasuda_

      For Microsoft supervising market organizations, community interfaces have direct channels to customers. Microsoft programs are attentive to primitive network resources for education of marketplace, and valuable partners programs undertake value added organization development.

      Even Microsoft has 4,000 of MVPs worldwide, position of organization might be misled in term of community and business performance. Q is amount of community values in real business networks, M is controlled variable of Microsoft own direct channel, and P is uncontrolled variable of Partnering channel. p means efficiency of communication in real business marketplace.

      Q = M + P
      p = P / M

      Sean, how much do partnering channels rally partner's community resources? Wherever Microsoft worldwide business meat business partners, partnering sub-networks under Microsoft networks development should be worth index community price and position.
      p means weight of Microsoft networking empowerment.

      HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW introduced such global business networks management, when I stepped in global business management programs in a multi-national security company in practice. For references, I cited in a way of mathematical expression which appears in context of dynamics.

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