Crimson now has a recognised Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in its midst.
Neil Parkhurst, a CRM Functional Consultant within Crimson’s IT solutions team, was officially awarded the title of MVP by Microsoft on 01 October 2016.
This is the first time Neil has won the award. He is among just 200 winners in the UK, and a little under 4000 across the world.
According to Microsoft this award recognises “exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise, with users and Microsoft.”
Neil was recognised for his work with ‘business solutions’, only 15 people in the UK have been recognised for this, in particular his contribution to core functionality of Microsoft Dynamics CRM and his expertise in Field Service and Unified Service Desk. We believe Neil is the first MVP in the world to focus on Unified Service Desk.
Describing how he felt when found out about the award, Neil said: “Microsoft make the announcements about winners on the first day of each quarter. (At exactly 3pm, via email!) I was first nominated in May, so my first opportunity to gain the award was July 1st. On that occasion I was unsuccessful, I was devastated. After that I really increased my efforts. So my first reaction was a sense of relief. Then gradually the congratulations messages started to arrive on LinkedIn and Twitter. It was then the significance really started to hit home. And since then I’ve been on a high!
“We all have doubts about our abilities and never really know if our efforts are being recognised. So on a personal level it means a massive amount to my confidence. Professionally gaining the award has to be one of the high spots of my career.”
Neil spends more than 80 hours of his free time every month writing for his instructional CRM blog (click here to view), creating demos which are shared for FREE on his YouTube channel, and building a fully functional demonstration version of a Unified Service Desk which he uses for instructional purposes.
Tom Cadman, Director of Cloud Services at Crimson, said: “Everybody at Crimson received the news of Neil’s award with great pride and pleasure. He is an extremely dedicated individual, with a wealth of knowledge and experience, so this recognition is justly deserved.”