Microsoft Australia have announced this week that they have selected a full time resource for the role of SMB Partner Technology Advisor. They have appointed Mark O’Shea to the role which is a massive boost for the SMB partners here in Australia. Those that don’t yet know him will come to appreciate his straight shooting, no holding back style. Mark is a long term MS stalwart whose focus on the technical side rather than marketing has always been appreciated by many of us.
Mark was actually THE GUY that is responsible for me being involved so closely with Microsoft Australia. Back in the SBS 4.5 days, Mark was a member of the SBS2K list (before it was yahoo) and put the call out for any Aussies to catch up with. Following on from that I got involved in discussions with Mark about how hard many out there saw it to move from SBS 4.5 to SBS 2000 (bear in mind there were no wizards at that time). I’d been doing my own version of a same domain migration for some time moving people from SBS 4.5 over to SBS 2000 without all the pain. Many people now know as Swing Migration which Jeff Middleton has taken further. Anyway – long story short – it was through Mark that I became involved, and I know that with Mark “back in the fold in SMB” that it will go a long way to help us all be better informed about the technology side of SMB stuff here in AU.
Give Mark a break though… he’s spent years trying to get SBS out of his blood and has denied it’s existence for some time so that he could focus on his other roles inside Microsoft. He will need a little time to come up to speed with SBS/EBS etc :-)… ok times up Mark 🙂
I’d give you his email address, but he’d kill me for doing that. Make sure that you say Hi to Mark when you see him around the traps.