Dare I say it. Not to my knowledge does such a program exists, but I was thinking about it today. So much of what we do now is about community and raising  awareness for our products and services. One of the things I really like about Microsoft is their capability of recognizing valuable community based effort outside of its walls. An example of this is when Visual Studio 2008 was in beta I was signed up to the Connections program and did some user testing on the product. In my testing I reported some bugs and interacted with Microsoft. At the end of the process I was sent a small token of appreciation as a thank you that now sits on my desk.

Now Microsoft has a rich MVP program across its product lines. I am not a MVP for Microsoft at this time but the program from my view makes sense. I believe these are the reasons it does

Recognizes Community Contributors

The community in general is the first line in elevating awareness. When you have those individuals that go out of their way to prop up the rest of the community being recognized formally is a very positive and lifting thing. I cannot count the number of posts I have read from proud MS MVP’s announcing their admission to the program

Forces Other Partners to Bring their Game

Being a member of the MVP program should offer some perks. Enough perks that ensures that other individuals would strive to be part of the program. This would enrich the community with more information and voices and should have the trickle effect of displaying to the end users a rich ecosystem of qualified partners.

Allows for MVP Contributions at Events

One of the things that would be positive is that at the Insights or Sage Summit, MVP’s could provide a presentation of material. Showing that deep knowledge for the Sage products exists outside of the internal teams is a really good thing and should be embraced.

Now, MVP enrolment should not be based on revenue dollars, but on community contribution, capability and a nomination process.

– Mark

2 Comments

  1. Hi Mark,

    I’ve always thought this as well. It’s unfortunate that Sage has never really recognized the efforts of those who spend so much time building “their” community. It’s a shame, but we’ve managed to build a pretty great community none the less 🙂 (at least around SalesLogix – you definitely can’t say the same for the other Sage products)

    Sage as a whole has never made an effort to build “community” around their products. They do nothing to encourage that. Getting people to be zealots for their cause is *great* for Sage, but they do nothing to build that. It’s always amazed me that they just don’t see that. That’s been a big shortcoming on the part of Sage since the beginning.

    -Ryan

  2. Mark, I think you maybe surprised by some of the up and coming things associated with Sage and SalesLogix very soon. I can say I am new to Sage but not new to SalesLogix. The community has not only assisted me but taught me enough that I have been able to make a career within the CRM industry, ok not all SLX but enough of the base.

    I have worked for BP’s and more recently been with actual clients of Sage, I think I bring a slightly different perspective having been on the other side of the fence and I see lots of changes being annouced, some you’ll see at Insights next week. I look forward to meeting you and the others there. Thanks again for all the hard work you guys do it truely is appreciated and yes there should be a SLXMVP group..

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