|I have been working with Lotus Notes since 1994. But I actually started developing with Lotus 1-2-3. I developed a cool hockey pool spreadsheet. Later, I developed Microsoft Office 4.0 applications on Windows 3.11. I built a few good human resource and ISO-9001 applications for a number of departments at a company I worked for in Winnipeg, Canada. I also had to do some Lotus Notes development.|
Oddly enough, it was the Lotus Notes development experience that interested a company in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. That interest resulted in a job offer.
I moved down in November, 1996. I started working on a series of Lotus Notes applications that gave me a good depth of experience. I also found time to earn the MCSE certification for Windows NT and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership at Bethel University.
Over the years, I always kept my eye on Microsoft to see if they could ever come up with a similar (and better) product to Lotus Notes. My first look at SharePoint 2007 convinced me that a replacement application platform was here. I earned the SharePoint 2007 certifications. I also became involved with ways to solve the puzzle of migrating Lotus Notes applications to the SharePoint platform.
I joined EMC Consulting in January of 2010. I started with more Notes application assessment and migration projects. Soon thereafter, I worked with migrating content from any source to any target. Later, I worked on SharePoint Server upgrades. I also focused on being a much better consultant. I worked with some great managers who guided me on work breakdown structures, statements of work, project plans, and improving my consulting skills. I led a team of offshore developers and worked with some of the best user experience architects, search architects, and project managers. Soon I was advising other consultants on how to improve their consulting skills and work with offshore teams.
I joined Dell Software in July of 2013. I managed three software products: Notes Migrator for SharePoint, Migration Manager for Enterprise Social, and Social Migrator. I had a development team for each product. I learned more about IBM Connections, Jive, and Yammer than most people would ever want to know. I had the opportunity to learn about product management and marketing. This included learning about dev-ops, Agile, and the internal product review cycle. I applied what I learned and received positive feedback from my team members. I also advised their application transformation consulting group and pre-sales team on how to successfully pursue opportunities. I was excited to be part of a great team and great products. This opportunity came to an end in November, 2015. You can find some of my postings and published content on the Quest website.
I rejoined Quest Software (aka Dell Software) in January, 2019 as a Senior Product Manager. I’m excited to be managing their SharePoint migration products. Quest is a great organization with fantastic products and people.
I earned the Microsoft O365 and Azure certifications in 2017: MCSA: Cloud Platform | MCSA: Office 365 | MCSE: Productivity | MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure. I need to take one or two upgrade exams!
I earned The Open Group Certified: TOGAF® 9 Certified certificate in February, 2018. I earned the ITIL Foundation certification in July, 2018. Then passed the Professional Scrum Master 1 exam with a score of 100% in December, 2018. You should see a pattern that I believe in continuous learning and I share some of what I learn in my blog posts.