Changing pace in my career

Recently I have joined a new organisation (Yes I have left Microsoft late last year). I joined Readify as a Lead SharePoint Consultant and delivered on all things SharePointy. I recently got offered a new role in the same company as a Pre-Sales Technical Specialist. It was a great opportunity and I figured that it was time to move out of technical delivery and into a pre-sales role.

Yes I have moved to the darkside and giving a pre-sales role a go.

In my new role I will be working with the Readify sales team and providing support from a technical perspective.

The biggest changes I have found so far are:

  • No more timesheets or utilisation based targets
  • Engage with customer from a very early stage to understand their requirements
  • I do a LOT more presenting and meeting customers
  • Prepare and deliver CIE's (Customer Immersion Experience) events
  • I need to be across a lot more technologies. Even looking at non-Microsoft technologies
  • I am working on getting my head around more pure Cloud solutions that involve Office365, Azure and possibly AWS.
  • Focus on the end state solution for a customer instead of just a point solution
  • Work with Microsoft account teams in a very different way.

Its going to be a fun ride and I will share my thoughts and any tips and tricks I pick up along the way.

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About Aaron Saikovski

Aaron Saikovski is a Microsoft certified technology specialist, consultant, developer, trainer and cloud solution architect with over 20+ years commercial information technology experience. He has consulted and worked with an incredibly diverse number of both local and international clients across the banking and financial services, utilities, oil and mining, telecommunications, logistics, construction/property, pharmaceutical, transport/airline and FMCG sectors. He has also consulted on a variety of projects to both Federal and State governments in high-profile portfolios such as Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Defence, Taxation Office, Department of Education and Training, Department of Employment & Workplace Relations and the Department of Health. Aaron’s skills revolve around the Microsoft platform stack with a core skillset based on the SharePoint platform. He has been involved in some of the largest SharePoint deployments in the world and was a member of the Global SharePoint Ranger team within Microsoft Corporation and was actively involved with the SharePoint Customer Advisory Team (SPCAT) to provide guidance and best practices to the largest Microsoft enterprise global customers. He was also an active MSDN article reviewer and contributor during his time at Microsoft. He has very broad and deep experience with architecting, developing and deploying complex customer solutions leveraging the Microsoft Office365 and Azure cloud platforms. Some of the key cloud customers he has been involved with are Qantas, Caltex, and Fujitsu/Westpac to name a few. He assists customers with their journey to the cloud and provides guidance and best practices to assist in identifying workloads that are suitable candidates to be migrated or redeveloped. These include IaaS, SaaS and PaaS solutions that solve a particular business requirement while providing the best technical outcome for the customer. Aaron is a regular presenter at such events as SharePoint Saturday (http://www.spsevents.org), Microsoft TechEd and is a regular presenter at user groups and conferences. He presents on a wide and varied range of topics that encompass the complete end to end Microsoft solution stack such as Windows 8 App development through to deploying Azure IaaS solutions with PowerShell. Aaron has an active social media profile. He was the founding member of OzMoss (http://www.codify.com/lists/OzMOSS), a very active and prominent online SharePoint community and he can be followed on Twitter at @RuskyDuck72. He blogs regularly at https://aaronsaikovski.wordpress.com/ Aaron is also an active affiliate member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (www.ieee.org) Outside of work Aaron is a very active volunteer for DoggieRescue (www.doggierescue.com) where he volunteers his time to maintain and improve their IT systems to keep them running as optimally and efficiently as possible. ** OPINIONS EXPRESSED ARE MY OWN VIEWS AND NOT THOSE OF MY EMPLOYER **
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