SOURCE: Smith & Allen Consulting
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 10, 2012) - Microsoft awarded its Most Valuable Professional (MVP) designation to two employees of Smith and Allen Consulting, Inc. (SACI). For the first time, co-founder Belinda Allen was named as an MVP, and Jivtesh Singh received the award for the second consecutive year.
According to Microsoft, out of over 100 million eligible members, approximately 4000 receive its annual MVP award. The criteria include technical expertise, community leadership and voluntary contributions to the Microsoft community, and candidates are nominated by Microsoft, colleagues, or other community members.
Microsoft states: "MVPs are recognized for their exceptional technical expertise, willingness to help others make the most of their technology, and for making a significant and positive impact on communities. MVPs reach out and contribute to online and offline communities through a broad range of channels. These include online forums such as Microsoft Answers, TechNet and MSDN; wikis and online content; conferences and user groups; their own podcasts, Web sites and blogs; and articles and books."
MVPs also receive early access to new and emerging technologies from Microsoft through a variety of their programs, and this exposure makes them even more valuable to the clients they serve as MVPs are on the cutting edge of both software and hardware evolutions.
Both SACI team members represent Microsoft Dynamics GP. First-time MVP recipient Allen is one of the co-founders of SACI (www.saci.com), with over 21 years of experience in business intelligence, analytics, and enterprise resource planning (ERP) software. She is also both a Microsoft Certified Professional for Dynamics GP (MCP) and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). Additionally, her blog, www.BelindaTheGPcsi.com, is specifically designed for Dynamics GP users with regular postings and tutorial videos for numerous aspects of the software.
Receiving the award for the second consecutive year, Singh both developed and maintains www.GPWindow.com, a resource hub and collection of Dynamics-related blogs, articles and forums used by Dynamics GP professionals around the world.
MVPs represent the best and the brightest in the industry, and SACI is honored to have two active MVPs on its team.
Smith and Allen Consulting, Inc. has been a business management software consultant for over twenty years. The company began selling Great Plains Accounting (now Dynamics GP) in 1991 and have worked extensively with the product and its expanded offerings ever since. Allen explains, "We have grown up with it and have in-depth knowledge of its evolutions and benefits, and that's what we bring to the table to assist clients in choosing, implementing or improving their ERP systems."