I’m now a Microsoft Virtual Technology Specialist (vTSP) in SharePoint!

It’s official, I’ve been nominated and accepted by Microsoft as a Virtual Technology Specialist (vTSP) in SharePoint! I’m extremely excited to be considered among the elite in the Microsoft Partner Community, and I look forward to learning more about the program and helping businesses find value using Microsoft SharePoint.

One of the first questions I had during this process was “What is a VTS?”

I’ve located this text, which explains the VTS Program:
The Microsoft Virtual Technology Specialist Program (VTSP) is a select group chosen from the elite in Microsoft’s partner community, whose focus is to augment Microsoft’s internal Technology Specialist team. Their primary role is to communicate the value of Microsoft Solutions to customers and to provide architectural guidance for Enterprise Integration solutions. The Microsoft VTSP program was designed to create a deeper relationship with Microsoft Partners, the Product Teams at Microsoft Corporate, and Regional Microsoft Offices, in order to provide highly skilled solution specialists to Microsoft customers. It is designed to enable a high performance team of partner-based resources to deliver pre-sale activities and resources to empower customers and help them meet their solution and integration needs.

Great, so now we know what the VTS program is about, but what’s also really cool is I now get access to information on the Microsoft corporate network such as knowledge bases, technical articles, training materials, and other resources. I also get guest access to Microsoft facilities, and priority for participating in Microsoft marketing events.

Overall this is a great opportunity for me as well as for ICC, who now has 3 Virtual Technology Specialists in the SharePoint Practice. I’m proud to be a part of this elite community, and I look forward to all that comes from it.


Ryan Dennis is a SharePoint Solution Architect with Blue Chip Consulting Group, in Central Ohio. Ryan is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) and a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) in SharePoint 2010. An accomplished blogger and speaker, he has worked on SharePoint solutions in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. He focuses primarily on SharePoint architecture, automation, and middle-tier development leveraging out-of-the-box features. Ryan has worked on projects ranging from large scale Intranet deployments to secure extranets as well as public-facing Internet site deployments. Ryan has a passion for automation, whether it is automating business processes through forms and workflow; or automating deployment, migration and configuration using Windows PowerShell.

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4 comments on “I’m now a Microsoft Virtual Technology Specialist (vTSP) in SharePoint!
  1. vasya10 says:

    Congrats Ryan!

  2. Amina Owais says:

    Congrats Ryan, can you please guide me that how to become VTS ?

    • Ryan Dennis says:

      This is a hard question to answer – but above all you need to work for a Microsoft Partner who participates in the VTS Program. Assuming you meet that requirement, you must have a sponsor at Microsoft who will nominate you as a Virtual Technology Specialist. To meet the requirements personally, you must have relevant and proven experience as well as Microsoft Certifications pertinent to your technology (e.g. SharePoint).

      Hope this helps!

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