April 2015 – Renewed as SharePoint Server MVP

So today is 1 April.
Or April Fools Day.
It’s also the first day of the 2nd quarter of the calendar year as we’ve braved the cold weather of January, February and March in the Northern Virginia area.

The internet is full of shenanigan’s with things like the FitBit Tap or the Prank Pack Nap Sack or the Amazon Dash… though that last one actually is a real thing.

Similar in fashion, the @MVPAward twitter account reminded us all that while it’s April Fool’s day, they’re not kidding around.

So around 10:24 AM eastern time (at least that’s what the timestamp was), I received a buzz on my mobile. I looked down to see a toast that showed a subject line of “Congratulations 2015 Microsoft MVP!” and I smiled, opened the message and saw that I’d been awarded my 2nd MVP Award for SharePoint Server!


Dear Dan Usher,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exception technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SharePoint Server technical communities during the past year.

I returned to the work at hand, but now that I’ve had a little time to breathe, I thought I’d pop a quick note to say thank you to the MVP award program (they’re an incredible group!) for their support over the past year, as well as to others within the SharePoint, Office 365, Azure and Mobile Developer communities, as well as to my employer.

Nevertheless, I’m flattered, humbled and incredibly honored to be recognized by Microsoft. Last year was my first award and I was more or less speechless for the rest of the day. This being my second award, I still feel somewhat awestruck and humbled once more to be able to serve in the capacity that I’ve been able to this past year.

I look forward to this year, being able to continue to help in coordinating SharePoint Saturday Events in the DC area as well as helping in starting up other Meetups and User Groups in different Microsoft technology areas.

Thanks again to all!

Ask Me Anything Community Chat MVP Reddit SharePoint

SharePoint MVP Experts AMA

If you haven’t heard yet, there’s an Ask Me Anything SharePoint MVPs Expert Chat taking place on October 29th at 1 PM EST. The panel consists of SharePoint MVPs across the spectrum (and the world for that matter).

So what’s that mean? If you’re curious about SharePoint 2010 or 2013 or perhaps SharePoint Online or the greater Office 365 platform, come on over and ask a question. You’ll just need to have a Reddit account before hand so that you can be ready to ask questions. More information on the location will be available on the 29th in the SharePoint subreddit – /r/sharepoint

Who all will be there you ask?