Today, Global 360 and KnowledgeLake announced the SharePoint Influencer50. The Influencer50 recognizes fifty of the top "influencers" of SharePoint purchasing decisions--people to whom the community in the USA turns when making that all-important decision about whether to shell out for SharePoint. This week, the "System Integrators/Consultants" category was announced, with other categories to follow.
The two companies hired an independent analyst firm to study the market, to determine the scope and impact of various influencers. Interestingly, the study includes negative influencers--people who are effectively influencing the market not to buy SharePoint, as well as those of us who evangelize SharePoint and its ecosystem of ISVs.
I was, to be honest, both flattered and (moreso) surprised to be on the resulting list of the top 50 influencers, particularly when I discovered that I'm among folks whom I respect and admire so greatly. It also reminded me of the responsibility I have to continue to be out there, shining light on both the triumphs and the blemishes of SharePoint.
I don't take that responsibility lightly, and I'd like to take this opportunity to say thank YOU for listening, and for giving me the opportunity to help you succeed with this amazing and complex technology platform called SharePoint. I hope I continue to earn the trust and ear of the market, and don't hesitate to contact me if you have questions! [danh at intelliem dot top-level commercial domain]
You can find my articles and blog entries at:SharePoint Pro Connections - Dan Holme
and you can learn more about the SharePoint Influencer50 here.