Office 365 MVP Loryan Strant
Time as an MVP: 11 months
How did you get started in community?I first started by giving back to the BPOS TechNet forums as I saw a great many questions unanswered. Shortly afterwards I started a blog and became engaged in many more community outlets.
What technical community or communities are you most active in (where can people find you)? The Office 365 Community site (http://community.office365.com) is where I would spend most of my community time, as well as on LinkedIn group discussions.
What's the best technical tip you have today for implementing a cloud deployment?Back in the BPOS days there was an RSS feed that allowed you to subscribe to alerts for system issues/outages and planned maintenance notifications.This wasn’t originally available in Office365 but it was recently implemented under the Service Health section in the Microsoft Online Portal.
The great thing is you don’t actually need to authenticate against Office 365 to subscribe (once you know the URL) so it can easily be incorporated into dashboards or other RSS viewers such as the one in SharePoint Online.
You can read more at BoxFreeIT: http://www.boxfreeit.com.au/Productivity/how-to-know-when-office-365-will-be-offline.html
When considering using the Cloud, what do you tell people if they aren’t sure aboutmoving to the Cloud?Think about what you want to achieve – then choose the right technology. Also make sure you engage a partner to help you – they generally know more about the technology than you as they work with it all the time.
Do your research and check the forums. Not everything may be possible straight out of the box – you may need a 3rd party solution to get you that final step of the way. There are lots of them out there which make your life easier.
You already have been using the Cloud all day every day, and have for a long time. The pros definitely outweigh the cons, and 9 times out of 10 it’s better than what you’ve got now or can do yourself.
Do you have a blog/website link to Cloud related Tips or deployment stories youwould like to share?I’m now blogging for both business and technical professionals on http://thecloudmouth.com/ and, until recently, I was also blogging at http://www.bpossibility.com/. We also have a case study posted at http://www.paradyne.com.au/chelgrave/ with a Cloud deployment I worked on.
Speaking from your experience, what words of advice do you have for new MVPs?Connect with fellow MVPs, work together, and keep helping the community.