Straight into the Fire: My first 30 days on the job

Rather than wait for my performance review, I give one of my own…

It’s been over 30 days since I joined the team at, so I thought it apropos that my first blog post would be a quick reflection on this past month. I can honestly say that I’m very happy to be here.

It’s not often the stars align and you’re presented the opportunity to join a company with an incredible team, top-tier customers, stellar partners, and a rock-solid platform with the agility to continue steering the market of on-premises SharePoint customers to the private cloud with dedicated SharePoint hosting.

It’s also not often that on your second day on the job you’re told that we will be hosting a private partner luncheon at the largest SharePoint Conference of the year (SPC14) in a short two weeks and it’s MY event. So, coupled with my newbie attitude that no real work gets done in the first 30 days of a new job and my fear of public speaking, I had this.

But, I did have a few things going in my favor:

  • I’ve done previous consulting for so I was very familiar with the framework and value propositions surrounding a partnership with us.
  • I knew many of the people that would be in the room, given that I’ve been a member of the amazing SharePoint community for many years.
  • I was no rookie to the SharePoint Conference.
  • I had a great team of internal support which included one funny MC leading the way….  Those of you that attended the luncheon know what I mean!

The event went off without a hitch. Actually, we nailed it. The entire Conference was a hit. From the booth traffic to the video poker machines – we arrived home with a lot more than we left with. WINNING!

A few of my personal highlights from SPC14 include:

  • The Partner Luncheon (duh!). Many thanks to a couple current partners, Tony Smith from Datalan and Ken Lo from Kattelo Consulting, for taking the time to share their partnering experience with the group.
  • The opportunity to reconnect with everyone in the SharePoint community. Those of you in it, know it’s a solid group of individuals that genuinely care about advancing the use and adoption of SharePoint and sharing what we’ve learned along the way.
  • Meeting so many new people. The community continues to grows faster than a line for green beer on St. Paddy’s Day.
  • The opportunity to re-introduce to so many of you that thought we were a competitor with Office 365. We are an ALTERNATIVE to Office 365. The alternative that allows you to fully control, secure, customize, manage and know exactly where your data resides.
  • I seriously did come home with more cash in my pocket than I left with. AND a new pair of shoes!

As I mentioned, I have known many of the folks at since quite frankly, they were hosting Front Pages and I was working at Microsoft preparing for Y2K. (This is meant to inform you of my experience, not age…) The group here is a seasoned team of solid individuals. Both in their personal and professional lives.

To back up to my first day on the job,  I was greeted with the genuine welcome Stephanie outlines in her earlier blog on starting a new job. Eight months since that posting, it was still followed to the t. My assigned mentor is the other comedian of the company – Joe Bohac. And let me tell you, among other things – Joe Knows Support. I am looking forward to his guidance and the opportunity to learn the real nuts and bolts that make up our support team. Did I say nuts? But seriously, with an average ticket response time of six minutes there has to be a few bolts in there…

And, I must say, after writing this – I might be the third funniest person in the company.

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3 Responses to Straight into the Fire: My first 30 days on the job

  1. Becky says:

    The luncheon was great and congrats on your first month at Fpweb!

  2. Asif Rehmani says:

    Best wishes to you at Jill!

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