Focal Point Solutions Website Now Live


I am proud to share that www.focalpointsolutions.co is now live! While the company has been around about a year, and I’ve been with FPS for about 2 months – until today we had a very simple landing page with our logo as the webpage. In this day of technology, having a website with information on what we do, how to contact us, who we are, etc. is not only important – but business critical. It is for these reasons that I am super happy to see the site live on the world wide web.

The site is built on WordPress, as we opted for a simple, trusted CMS system that we could easily manage and apply elegant branding as well as a responsive theme that would allow for ease of use on desktop browsers as well as mobile phones, tablets, etc. I use WordPress for this blog, and while I’m a SharePoint Guy through and through – WordPress is a fantastic platform both for blogging and internet sites and I’m proud to see our site live on WP. Having said that, in the long term I would love to “eat our dogfood” and move the website to SharePoint Server 2013 – perhaps on SharePoint Online/Office 365. That’s just my personal goal though. 🙂

I can’t say enough about the dedication of the primary developer who worked on the site, I won’t list his name on the world wide web – but he knows who he is and he did a stellar job at bringing our vision to fruition.

So if you’re reading this blog, stop doing so and go check out the site and let us know what you think!

Focal Point Solutions | SharePoint Solutions for the Enterprise

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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