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David Overton moving on to pastures new

With a tear in my eye the time has come for me to move my stick hut somewhere new.  I have loved working in and with the small business community and with a set of awesome partners who can complain and nag, but normally with good cause and that are more willing to say thank-you and "good job" when the time is right.  To you all I take my hat off for making me feel so welcome.

As a legacy we now have SBSC up and running, partner groups that support themselves, a voice into Microsoft from the smaller end of the partner community and a better understanding of the motivations of both Microsoft and our partners.  We also have a new level of engagement with customers.  I wish I could take credit for all of this, but I am just a figurehead for a great team of people inside Microsoft.

A nice chap called Mark in the OEM team will be helping to drive Cougar knowledge through the community when the time comes (no, this is not the time yet, trust me), SBSC has been supported by Jen as many of you would have seen from the e-mails and SBS has a product manager who cares in the form of Sonal.  Finally campaigns like Mr Busy prove that while we still have some implementation details to improve on, the ideas are getting better and better and the team responsible for these will continue to push forward on this front.

They say you can take the boy out of the small business, but not small business out of the boy and this will be true for me - the blog will continue and I will still try to be a voice of reason and rant as I feel appropriate and pass on comments to the right people internally within Microsoft, just realise that I have less time to do this now.  This points to the fact that I will still be with Microsoft.  My next challenge is to help those ISVs (Independent Software Vendors) who wish it to move further along a path with Microsoft to do so, whether they already work with us today or not.  This should be a fun challenge - viewing all of the Microsoft world as a platform rather than a solution, but this is something I have always said.

To those I have already told, thank-you for your kind words, to everyone else, good luck, don't go away as I will not, but remember that this is a business for all of us and the better the feedback the better the business!!


take care and see you soon!!




Posted Fri, Jul 6 2007 3:00 PM by David Overton


Lee Evans wrote re: David Overton moving on to pastures new
on Fri, Jul 6 2007 3:55 PM

Well now is one of those right-times - thank you very much David for all your hard work, understanding and effort that you have put in on our behalf behind the scenes. I wish you all the best of luck in your new role and certainly hope to keep in touch - Cheers, Lee

Andy Parkes wrote re: David Overton moving on to pastures new
on Fri, Jul 6 2007 4:17 PM

Good luck in your new role

I'm sure you'll be as big a hit as you are in sbs-land!

So long and thanks for all the fish!

vinnomc wrote re: David Overton moving on to pastures new
on Fri, Jul 6 2007 4:36 PM

Good Luck David

Will still keep an eye on your blog as it has been an invaluable resource.



Susanne wrote re: David Overton moving on to pastures new
on Sat, Jul 7 2007 9:39 AM

Dave (and I'm calling you this because you're a very dear friend to me now, partly through the work you have done in the community.)

The commitment you have shown all of us in the time that you have been involved has been 100% and I for one really appreciate everything you have done for us.

On a more personal note, you have helped support me both in my role as BDM at Readycrest but also during some of the biggest changes I've made in my life (particularly of late).

It's unfortunate that you don't get many people like you with such passion and commitment and although you won't be too far away, your presence will be missed.

Thank you.

Suze :)

Tim Long wrote re: David Overton moving on to pastures new
on Sat, Jul 7 2007 11:06 PM

Not goodbye, but aufwiedersehen! It almost seems like the end of an era, with you and Robbie both moving on to new roles. However, life goes on and we will all have to look forward to our next adventure and getting to know the new team members. Maybe I will bump into you with my developer hat on one day. It has been a pleasure working with you and I have apreciated your forthright manner. It is a quality I admire. Thank you for everything you've done for Small Business Specialists.

Adam wrote re: David Overton moving on to pastures new
on Mon, Jul 9 2007 12:50 PM

"The blog will continue" and this is the most important for me since this blog is one of the most finest I ever read and i still read. Good luck David!!

Andrew Bettany wrote re: David Overton moving on to pastures new
on Tue, Jul 10 2007 2:59 PM

Wow, I guess it just won't be the same without you :-)  

You have built the platform for others to follow and for that we are all very proud and pleased.  

Take care and have fun in the new role, and keep blogging.

David Overton wrote re: David Overton moving on to pastures new
on Thu, Jul 12 2007 12:43 PM

Guys and Gals,

thanks for all the nice words.  I'm a little bit busy finishing things off at the moment, but hope to be a little more engaged again soon.

See you all very soon!!


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