Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award is a way for Microsoft to celebrate the “best and brightest technical community leaders” across the Microsoft Partner Network. It’s a big honour (there’s only 4000 around the world), and we are incredibly proud and excited to announce that William Dorrington has been recognised as a Microsoft MVP – specifically a Microsoft Business Applications MVP (of which there are only 182 globally!)
Part of the Dynamics 365 Pre-Sales team, William has been an invaluable member of Hitachi Solutions for four years now.
We sat down with William to say congratulations, and also ask what becoming a Microsoft Business Applications MVP means to him.
Yo! Sure, but I feel that a quick copy and paste from the MVP site will do it more justice so here it is: “Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the "bleeding edge" and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real-world problems.”
Gaining this award means that I can now gain access to tools and insights that I may not have had access to before which will enable me to interact with the community in a far more focused, aligned and effective manner – I cannot wait to see what this year brings!
Being part of a community that is passionately driven, strongly engaged and goes out of their way to collaborate is something you would be hard pressed to find in a lot of careers. This is why I am so thankful I chose to work within the Microsoft Stack as my career – the community is phenomenal! On a daily basis, I engage with people from Australia to Finland to Singapore to Texas and many more who are always, well…weirdly awake but of more prominence open to sharing ideas, knowledge, postulations and more importantly jokes – mixed with the occasional beer or five too!
There are so many community-driven channels for reaching out to the community from the brilliant Saturday 365 Events to User Groups and many different blogs and websites which, of course, includes TDG – which is a community platform aimed at helping the Microsoft community collaborate better ran. The platform itself is managed by many different people from all around the globe. The key thing to remember is if you find yourself reading a particular author again and again then reach out to them – the community is so welcoming!
My main focus is to ensure that the community has a platform that allows this global collaboration to continue with no borders on issues hence why TDG exists. When it comes to my technical focus I am a big fan of utilising the full stack – I come from a Dynamics 365 for Finance & Operations focused background but over the past year have transitioned into the AWESOME world of Customer Engagement and Talent too – with, of course, the Power Platform laying right across this!
Hitachi Solutions have created a culture where it is encouraged to actively share information about new products, functionality and views with your co-workers/friends and the wider community. They work closely with the community from sponsoring events to hosting them. These factors helped shape my enthusiasm, excitement and energy to share knowledge and interact with the wider community. Thank you!