It’s Official.  I’m joining Perficient one of the Top Microsoft Partners!

“Dear Joel,

On behalf of Perficient, Inc., I am pleased to make you this written offer of employment for the position of Director with Perficient’s MSFT CS US (and Canada) team…

We are confident you will find Perficient to be an excellent company in which to invest your time, talents, and energies.  Perficient invests in our people through training, the opportunity to work with advanced technologies, and to work with other creative people.  You will make a great addition to the talented team that is building Perficient into one of the leading technology management consulting firms in North America.

Anticipated Start date: 6/24/2019″

Super excited to get started.  I will not be moving.  I will be working in their national or North America practice, and yes they support me in my global efforts as well.  I definitely see this as a great opportunity to help them and continue on the path of digital transformation for the world.  With their help, I’ll be able to do even more for the community.  This is a Win/Win/Win.

Over the past decade Perficient has grown through acquisition… you may recognize any number of the more than 30 acquisitions… here are few notable ones: PointBridge Solutions, Northridge Systems, speakTECH, Genisys Consulting Inc., Southport Services Group, Clarity Consulting, Market Street Solutions, and Enlighten. You probably know Blue Rooster (16 Employees and the Product Rise) which is one of the top Intranet in a Box solutions, they bought the product and the employees who came with it, but not the company or brand.

Who is Perficient?  They are the industry’s best kept secret, but don’t take my word for it.  Here’s some information I’ve clipped information below from the Perficient website and wikipedia to better explain the company and relevance to you.  You can read more about it on the Perficient site which I highly recommend.

“Perficient, Inc. is a consulting firm serving enterprise customers throughout North America. The company’s efforts include enterprise mobile applications, creative services, marketing, digital strategy, Internet of Things, information technology, management consulting, custom development, and platform implementations.

The firm primarily performs project-based work, a large portion of which involves business intelligence and portal collaboration. Perficient also has offshore capabilities.

Perficient is a Microsoft National Solution Provider (NSP),  Microsoft Gold Certified partner and has been recognized as U.S. Partner of the Year, Global Messaging Partner of the Year, U.S. EPG Office 365 Consumption Partner of the Year, and Performance Partner of the Year. Perficient employs more than 450 Microsoft-focused consultants including more than 125 certified Microsoft Cloud consultants. Perficient became known for its experience with cloud migrations and deployments related to Microsoft 365, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Teams, Yammer, Microsoft SharePoint, Windows Intune and Dynamics.

Perficient has offices in North America, Europe, India, and China.”

Those asking… What does this mean?  I say, this is what it sounds like.  I’m going to be getting back more involved with the community, more speaking, more webinars, more community events and more customer experiences and outreach.

 

Perficient
Type Public
Traded as NASDAQ: PRFT
S&P 600 Component
Industry Management consulting
Outsourcing
Founded 1997
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri
CEO Jeffrey S. Davis (CEO)
Revenue US$498.4 million (2017)
Number of employees ~3000

Perficient is in the Russell 2000 and S&P SmallCap 600

Picture: Property of Perficient.  This happened on the day I got my offer.  Perficient rang the bell at the close of the NASDAQ.

A Future in Gaming: I’m headed for Blizzard Entertainment!

It’s appropriate that early in my career in technology started with morale events based on network gaming found on a hidden share versions of Doom, then later it was Command and Conquer and WarCraft, StarCraft, Duke Nukem and Diablo.  Great memories, tons of fun and strengthened friendships.  We couldn’t wait for those moments when it got quiet with no one left around and the machines became available for something even more powerful than your average productivity tools.  Even early in my marriage we’d come to play networked games on battle.net.  I’ve always enjoyed gaming, in balance of course.  I gave my notice at Konica Minolta last week and start my new position at Activision | Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine on January 8 as Senior IT Operations Manager responsible for the End User Computing and Windows Core teams.

Activision Blizzard is the world’s most successful standalone interactive entertainment company. Our portfolio includes some of the biggest franchises in all of entertainment, developed by the incredibly talented teams at Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment, King Digital Entertainment, Activision Blizzard Studios, Major League Gaming, and our independent studios, including Toys for Bob, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games and Treyarch.” – Blizzard Careers page

For Christmas I got an Oculus and a gamer VR laptop that will support my new career.  Hope to connect with you on Battle.Net as I build new characters on WOW and Overwatch and whatever else may come along…  More details to come!  My blog will broaden.  You may have noticed I rebranded my blog and you’ll see a broader range of topics from VR to Games and tech gadgets along side the Office 365 and SharePoint content.  You’ll see further improvement in my blog navigation to support those changes.

FAQ

Will you still be working with SharePoint / Office 365?

Yes, I will be managing the team responsible for SharePoint and Office 365 including the collaboration platforms and productivity tools as well as Azure AD, Identity, Exchange, DNS, Patching, SCCM, and Apple and Macs.  I will be driving the strategy for SharePoint, Office 365, Collaboration and Intranet at Blizzard.  Big responsibility I know.

I do believe jobs will expand in Office 365 and contract in on premises SharePoint especially for developers. I posted 8 predictions for SharePoint in 2018.

Will you still be traveling and speaking at conferences?

Yes, in fact I will be speaking at a number of SharePoint Saturday’s, aOS, and Community Meetups and Industry events  in the first quarter of 2018.  This may change slightly, but at this point my management is supportive of my community work and has offices around the globe they’ve already said they’d like me to visit in Ireland, France, Taiwan, Hong Kong and South Korea and they support me in my endeavors.  I’m already booked for my Madagascar trip in February and Ethiopia/Uganda/Kenya Central Africa Family trip this summer.  Hope you can come to #Blizzcon I’m very excited to add that event to my line up in 2018.

How many countries do you have left?

Not sure what this has to do with my new job, but about 30 countries (of ~197) after what’s already been booked.  I’ve been averaging about 10 new countries a year, but what’s left is getting increasingly difficult and more planning involved, so this may vary.  My priority is my family and work, so this should not interfere.

What do video games have to do with the future of collaboration?

It doesn’t have to, but I do see more and more… a convergence in real time and even near realtime for video, audio, chat, feeds, training, screen sharing and definitely the future of interfaces may have more of a convergence with gaming and collaboration and intranets.  We’ve already seen examples of gamification in Intranets.  I expect to see more culture and gaming represented in chat rooms, Intranet interfaces, and video as these experiences converge.  The future of AR/VR bring a lot of new possibilities to the enterprise by 2021 more than 10% of AR/VR will be purchased for corporate use.

How were things at Konica Minolta?

I have had a great relationship with my boss, and I had a fantastic team, whom I will miss dearly.  After about 3 years at KM, I’ve had a great impact on their practice. Together we’ve been able to accomplish a lot, but this is a fantastic opportunity I couldn’t pass up.  You should never burn bridges, and I can safely say this is amicable.

Have more questions? You can ask me in the comments or on twitter at @joeloleson or at the upcoming events such as #SPSUtah or #SPSSD