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The Premier Field Engineering (PFE) team at Microsoft is a worldwide organization that provides proactive and reactive services to our customers. We provide technical leadership for Microsoft customers around the world, promoting health in their IT and business environments through onsite, remote and dedicated support services. Our engineers come from a variety of services and external customer backgrounds. Each person's focus is delivering value through the customers' eyes. We deliver planned, proactive services to customers; to Microsoft authorized Partners; and with Microsoft authorized Partners. In addition our team can be engaged to provide a Dedicated Support Engineer (DSE) through a Microsoft Premier contract, providing deep technical expertise over a defined period of time.
Ajay Singh is a Dynamics AX Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft. He is based in New Jersey. Ajay joined Microsoft in Dec 2009 after 5 years of Dynamics AX experience working in the Partner ecosystem (HCL Hong Kong, Wipro and Tectura). He has been working in Dynamics AX Development, Administration, Support and Dynamics infrastructure setup. Ajay has earned Master in Computer Application from Bundelkhand University, India.
Aaron Vandiver is a Dynamics AX Premier Field Engineer with Microsoft. He is based in Chicago, IL and has lived in that area all of his life. Aaron joined Microsoft in July 2013 after 6 years of working for two different Dynamics AX Microsoft partners as a Functional Consultant. He specializes in Dynamics AX Finance in the area of GL, AR, AP and Inventory. Aaron attended Northern Illinois University where he earned a BS in Accountancy and a MS in Management Information Systems. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and going to Chicago Cubs games!
Fadi is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Prior to this he worked as a Partner consultant at Microsoft Partner Services. Before joining Microsoft he worked at Microsoft partners in several positions including people management, project management, presales, consultancy, and training. Fadi has experience delivering services over Microsoft technologies to enterprise and midsize organizations in various sectors like Government, Financial Services, Hospitality, across different cultures and countries all over EMEA including UK, Ireland, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Gulf, South Africa, and many others. He has achieved several professional certifications throughout his career like PMP, ITIL, MSF, MOF, MCSD early Achiever, and has been MCT since 2001.
Fadi is based in UK and is married and has 2 kids. He enjoys travelling and watching movies.
Jiishnu is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer specializing in Microsoft Dynamics CRM and AX and is currently based in India. Jiishnu has7 years of experience with 3 years plus on Dynamics CRM. He started his Journey in Microsoft in November 2008 in the Technical support team. In March, 2012, Jiishnu moved into the Premier Field engineering team in India and has been working on proactive as well as reactive deliveries on Dynamics CRM and AX for Premier customers.
Besides work Jiishnu spends most of his time with his 3- year old son and his wife. He also likes watching movies, travelling, and researching on automobile.
Hradesh Sharma is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Microsoft Services, specializing in Dynamics AX. Hradesh has 12+ years of experience with Microsoft Dynamics AX and joined the Microsoft PFE Dynamics team in March of 2013. He worked with Dynamics AX in various capacities including End User Implementation for Computer Manufacturing Industry, Product Architecture, Development and Delivery for Microsoft, Implementation Consulting for Energy and Forest products Industry, now instrumental in Operational excellence for Microsoft Dynamics AX customers. Other than ERP he developed and implemented successful Global Financial Messaging applications for Citibank and Citicorp business entities.
Hradesh currently possesses Microsoft Certified Dynamics Specialist certification in various areas of the application – Trade and Logistics, Financials, HRM, Payroll, Development, Installation & Configuration, and Managing Microsoft Dynamics® Implementations.
Hradesh holds a Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration and currently works out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, running and biking.
Charlotte Rowe is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) specializing in Dynamics AX living in the UK.
She joined Microsoft two years ago as a Technical Support Engineer supporting Dynamics AX. Prior to that Charlotte graduated with a First Class Honour’s Degree in Computing from Bournemouth University, which included one years internship with Microsoft as a Support Engineer also for Dynamics AX.
Charlotte has a big passion for technology, however in her spare time likes traveling, going to the gym and driving fast cars round track
Sachin Gandhi is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Microsoft Services, specializing in Dynamics AX. Sachin has 5+ years of AX experience and joined the Microsoft PFE Dynamics team in November of 2012. Sachin joined Microsoft with 10 years of programming and development experience, 8 years of experience in business processes optimization, and over 12 years of supply chain and manufacturing process experience.
Previous to joining Microsoft, Sachin led a development and consulting team for an ISV and developed solutions for the build-to-order manufacturing industry. Sachin started his Dynamics AX journey as an integration lead, where he was responsible for system integration with line of business applications.
Sachin is Microsoft Certified Dynamics Specialist for AX 2012 Trade and Logistics and Installation & Configuration. He is also a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer in .NET and Web development and holds a Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio University. He currently works out of Columbus, Ohio and outside of work, enjoys playing with his 5 year old son.
Carson Yeung is a senior Premier Field Engineer (PFE), specializing in Dynamics AX. Carson has 8+ years of AX experience and joined the Microsoft Asia PFE Dynamics team in September 2008.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Carson started his Dynamics AX journey as a consultant for a Microsoft gold-certified partner since year 2003.
Carson now lives in Hong Kong, China, with his wife and 2 kids. Outside work, he enjoys reading, basketball and video games.
Arron Jones is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Microsoft Services, specializing in Dynamics AX. Arron has 5+ years of AX Development experience and joined the Microsoft PFE Dynamics team in June of 2010. Arron joined Microsoft with 8 years of programming and development experience, 12 years of experience in business processes development, and 13 years supply chain and manufacturing process experience.
Arron started his Dynamics AX journey in 2008 as a consultant for a Microsoft Business Solutions Provider where he was responsible for programming support for implementation and upgrade projects and was the AX Lead Developer. Arron is certified in Project Management, Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Developer for Dynamics AX, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology. Arron currently resides in North Dakota and outside of work enjoys doing small woodworking projects including making pens.
Chip Anthony is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Microsoft Services, specializing in Dynamics AX. Chip began working with AX as an Escalation Engineer in 2007 focused on the functional areas of Supply Chain and Manufacturing. Chip joined Microsoft in 2003 as an Escalation Engineer for Dynamics SL.
Chip has nearly 20 years of experience with ERP software, focused on solutions for manufacturers. This includes being a Development Manager at Symix and overseeing the development of SyteLine. As a principle at JAAS Systems, Chip developed an ISV solution for manufacturers that was integrated to Dynamics SL. He was also a Senior Manager of Development at Exact Software (Macola).
After living in Fargo for over 8 years, Chip recently moved to Wichita, KS where he lives with his wife of 22 years and two daughters that are attending college. Outside of work, Chip enjoys working around the yard and spending time with his family.
Amy Flowers is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Microsoft Services focused on Dynamics AX, working with versions 3.0, 4.0, 2009, 2012 and 2012 R2. Amy has 7+ years of AX experience, primarily focusing on functional areas with a specialization in Human Resources, Payroll, Workflow, Project and Finance modules. She started working for Microsoft as a Support Engineer on the AX North America support team in January of 2008 and joined the PFE team in February of 2012. Amy is a Designated Support Engineer focused on assisting our Enterprise Premier customers, and is a Microsoft Certified Dynamics Specialist in Managing Microsoft Dynamics® Implementations, Microsoft Dynamics® AX Project Series, Microsoft Dynamics® Human Resource Management, and Microsoft Dynamics® AX Financials.
Amy attended college at Minnesota State University Moorhead and earned her Bachelors’ degree in Graphic Communications - Multimedia Development. She resides in Fargo, ND and in her free time enjoys spending time with her daughter, reading, watching movies, and various multimedia projects, scrapbooking and photography.
Chip Taylor is a Public Sector Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Microsoft Services focused on Dynamics CRM. He has been working with CRM since version 4.0. Chip joined the Microsoft PFE team in March of 2012 as the first transactional PFE for Dynamics CRM in public sector. Before Microsoft, Chip worked for L-3 Communications and led a Dynamics CRM development team for three years.
Chip resides in Fayetteville, NC with his 9 year old son. He enjoys camping, playing online games, and other outdoor activities.
Sarah Champ is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) focused on Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Sarah has been working with Microsoft Dynamics CRM for the last four and a half years, working with versions 3.0, 4.0 and 2011. Sarah’s background includes CRM implementations, business analysis, data migration, reporting and project management. Prior to working for Microsoft, Sarah was a Supervisor for a Microsoft gold-certified partner where she managed and led technology projects for customers.
When she is not working she enjoys running, cycling and spending time with her husband and their family and friends.
Brandon Kelly is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) focused on Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Brandon started his career in 1998 in software development and has built applications and systems with .Net technologies since 1.0. In 2008, Brandon shifted his development focus to building custom applications using Dynamics CRM and has focused on CRM-based solutions since. Prior to working for Microsoft, Brandon was a manager for a Microsoft gold-certified partner where he architected and led technology projects inside the organization and for outside customers. Brandon also is a frequent speaker for a number of developer and IT-focused community efforts, and was a Microsoft MVP in 2011.
Brandon’s LinkedIn profile is available here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonkellyrx
Kim Johnson is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Kim started with Microsoft in 2005 as a Support Engineer for Dynamics GP on the Financials team. In 2006 she moved to the Deluxe team and supported both the functional and technical side of Dynamics GP. Kim starting working with Dynamics CRM in 2008 as a Support Engineer and in 2010 moved into a Partner Technical Consultant (PTC) role where she supported Microsoft Gold and Silver partners. Kim was also the Specialization Lead for Dynamics CRM, leading the global community of CRM PTCs as well as creating and delivering workshops.
Kim attended college at Minnesota State University Moorhead and earned her Bachelors’ degree in Mathematics. She resides in Glyndon, MN with her husband and son. Kim’s LinkedIn profile is available here:
Jaden Blake is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Microsoft Services focused on Dynamics CRM. He has been working with CRM since version 1.0.
Jaden started working for Microsoft in 2003 on the Commercial Technical Support team as a Support Engineer and later a Technical Lead. His current position is with the Premier Field Engineering team where he is a Designated Support Engineer focused on assisting our Enterprise Premier customers.
Jaden attended college at Dickinson State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and a minor in Mathematics. Jaden has his Windows Server 2003 MCSE and is also certified in Dynamics CRM 4.0 and CRM 3.0.
Outside of work Jaden enjoys being outdoors, playing sports, hunting, and fishing. Jaden lives in Fargo with his wife and daughter.
Carlos Ochoa Esteve is a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer (PFE) specialized in Dynamics AX. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was the General Manager of a car engine service and then decided to move to the IT world. He joined Microsoft Support in March 2004 to support Dynamics NAV. Since then he has supported several Microsoft products like Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Project and finally Microsoft Dynamics AX.
His main hobbies are football, reading, painting and having fun with friends. He is married and lives in Madrid, Spain.
Bertrand Caillet is a senior Premier Field Engineer (PFE) in Microsoft Services, specializing in Dynamics AX. Bertrand has 10+ years of AX experience and joined the Microsoft EMEA PFE Dynamics team in December 2010 after 5 years in the Sustained Engineering team in Microsoft Development Center Copenhagen (MDCC) where he was working as a Software Development Engineer in Testing and servicing for Axapta 3 .0 SP6 to AX 2009 SP1 Rollup 6.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Bertrand started his Dynamics AX journey as a consultant for a MBS partner and an AX Lead Developer for a customer.
Bertrand now lives in Paris, France. Outside work, he enjoys reading, painting, trekking and windsurfing.
Anna Januszewska is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) specializing in Dynamics AX. She joined Microsoft recently via Microsoft College Hire Academy (MACH) program. Anna graduated in Management of International Projects and New Technology from University of Paris Dauphine and has experience in Information Systems Architecture. She currently resides in Paris. Outside of work Anna loves travelling and learning foreign languages. She currently speaks French, English, Spanish and Polish.
Fauzia Awan is a Senior Premier Field Engineer in the Microsoft Premier Field Engineering EMEA Dynamics CRM team. Fauzia started working at Microsoft in Charlotte, NC, USA more than 10 years ago as a Developer Support Engineer for Messaging technologies. She joined Microsoft PFE Charlotte, NC, USA in 2005 and then moved to Dubai as a Premier Field Engineer Solution Support. Over the years Fauzia has supported and worked with Messaging APIs and solutions like Microsoft Hosted Messaging and Collaboration Solution (HMC), Microsoft Customer Care Framework (CCF), Microsoft Connected Services Framework (CSF), and Microsoft Dynamics CRM. She is currently technical lead for PFE Dynamics CRM in EMEA and delivering Dynamics CRM Workshops and other CRM PFE services.
Fauzia has a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Science and Technology, Pakistan. Fauzia has also authored and presented research paper “LIPT: A Lossless Text Transform to Improve Compression" at the Proceedings of International Conference on Information and Theory: Coding and Computing, IEEE Computer Society, Las Vegas Nevada, April 2001.
Fauzia and her husband currently reside in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Fauzia likes walking, reading books and traveling.
Steven Vlaanderen Oldenzeel is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) for Microsoft Dynamics CRM. Prior to this he worked as a project implementation consultant at Microsoft Consultancy Services. Before joining Microsoft he worked as an implementation consultant, service manager and sales manager at a local Dutch CRM company called SalesManager Software.
Steven has experience delivering services to large and midsize companies in various industries like Automotive, Education, Financial Services, Hospitality, Fast Moving Consumer Goods, Production, Consultancy, Chemical Industries, Manufacturing, Retail, Health Care and Government. Steven has held different roles for CRM projects like Lead Consultant, Project Management, Solution Architect, Data Migration Consultant and Quality Assurance manager.
Steven lives in Amsterdam with his wife and two kids. When not working on CRM projects Steven likes to visit DrumCorps Contests, go for a walk with the family or ride his motorcycle. For our Dutch readers a blog is maintained on: www.crm2011.nl
Martijn has worked with Microsoft partners since 2001 and joined Microsoft as Premier Field Engineer in the Premier Field Engineering EMEA Dynamics team in 2009. He has developed a strong focus and dedication towards Dynamics CRM over the years and his background includes development, architecture and operational management. Martijn received a cum laude bachelors’ degree in business and IT at the Rotterdam University. Since then he became certified and received multiple awards for his work with Dynamics CRM. Martijn specializes in Dynamics CRM programming, performance tuning and benchmarking. Martijn has experience working and communicating with different levels from CIO to the technical staff on the ground. Martijn has worked with customers around the world promoting health in their IT environments through onsite, remote and dedicated support services.
Diego Ganora is a Premier Field Engineer in Microsoft EMEA Premier Field Engineering specializing in Dynamics CRM. Diego has been working with Dynamics CRM for over 5 years and has worked with CRM version 3.0, 4.0 and now CRM 2011. Diego’s technical background includes CRM implementations, computer networking and sever infrastructure. Prior to joining the PFE team, he worked as a Senior CRM Support Engineer in the Microsoft EMEA CRM Support Team.
Before joining Microsoft he worked at a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner designing, developing, and supporting infrastructure and security solutions for customers.
Diego was born in Casale Monferrato and left it 2 years ago to move to Milan where he currently lives. Outside of work Diego enjoys spending time with his family and friends and on his hobbies like dancing, bicycling, and diving.
Julien Clauzel is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) specializing in Dynamics CRM. Prior to joining Microsoft, 12+ years ago, he worked for an Internet service provider. Julien initially supported first Microsoft Exchange release as a Microsoft support engineer as well. His experience with Dynamics CRM spans implementations of versions 4.0 and 2011 and he has delivered many CRM Health Checks across EMEA. He has workedextensively with custom applications, .NET, IIS, Windows, networking knowledge and has strong developer and troubleshooting & debugging skills. Julien has extensive experience with Visual Studio.
Julien attended college at the University of Derby in the UK where he received a BSC in computer & science and currently resides in Paris with his wife and three kids. When not working (or catching up on sleep), he enjoys working with Windbg, creating tools & recording music in his home studio.
Austin Jones is a Premier Field Engineer (PFE) specializing in Dynamics CRM. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was the Sr. CRM Technical Manager for Tribridge, a gold-certified Microsoft partner. His experience with Dynammics CRM spans implementations of versions 1.2, 3.0, 4.0, and 2011 where he fulfilled project lead, functional analyst, and technical architect roles. His previous role also focused internally to drive CRM development standards/practices, mentor teammates, and establish a library of IP. He has worked extensively with both CRM 4.0 and 2011 SDK's to build sophisticated XRM applications. Two of the more recent XRM solutions he delivered include a call-center enrollment application utilizing ASP.NET + AJAX and WCF, and a cloud-based citizen service 311 solution providing a RESTful WCF API that implements the Open311.org GeoReportV2 protocol.
Austin attended college at the University of North Texas where he received a BBA in Marketing and currently resides in Frisco, TX with his wife and 2yr. old son. When not working (or catching up on sleep), they enjoy running, P90X, and wakeboarding on local lakes.