New challenges ahead!

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work one day in your life. ~ Confucius”

Work is an important part of our everyday life. Given that, on average, one probably has to work about 40 years until retirement, it makes absolutely sense for someone to follow their passion!

A little over 20 months ago, I embarked on a journey with ENow as Director of Product Research. During that time, I’ve had the honor to work with great people and fantastic customers around the world, and I’m grateful for the opportunity I was given. I worked on exciting products and stood at the verge of very exciting times for ENow. Admitted: I loved every moment of it. But, all good things come to an end. Despite a fantastic job at ENow, and lots of interesting stuff to look forward to, I recently decided to take a different route.

Since April 1st (no joke!), I started working as an independent consultant and trainer again, albeit through my own company VH Consulting & Training. Being and independent consultant doesn’t mean working less. However, it does allow me to set my own schedule, and it enables me to pursue another passion of mine: Krav Maga. (I recently started training to become a Krav Maga Instructor and I hope being able to open up a training location near Kortrijk (Belgium), sometime later this, or next year.)

In the meantime, I won’t sit still of course! I look very much forward to my first challenge which brings me to Fujitsu Technology Solutions in Belgium, helping them further grow their Microsoft Services practice. I will also continue to work with ENow on an independent basis, continuing to provide professional services and working relentlessly to build the best-in-class monitoring solution! Should you also be interested in working with me, you can get in touch at www.vhct.be.

Aside from all that, I plan to continue writing, and I look forward to (hopefully) speak at a few conferences later this year! For now, however, I will return to writing new things for the next version the Office 365 e-book, due later in May. There is a lot of content that needs to be rewritten, and although it’s all very exciting stuff, things don’t write themselves!

Until soon,

Michael

 

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The road ahead… New challenges!

Over the past twelve years I’ve gone through a series of jobs, from being a support agent at a helpdesk to being an Exchange consultant at Xylos today. All of the opportunities I have had and the customers I’ve worked with allowed me to grow as a consultant and as a person. I’m very grateful for the opportunities Xylos has offered me, but after having spent a little over six years working for them, I thought it was time for me to look forward and accept a new challenge.

As such, I’m happy and excited to announce that I will be joining ENow Software as of September 1st of this year as Product Director for their Exchange Monitoring and Reporting tools: Mailscape and Mailscape for Exchange Online. I look forward to working with all of the customers and getting feedback from the community to make the software even better than it already is today. Part of the reason why I chose for ENow is their unique approach and philosophy. ENow started out as a consulting company and continues to provide professional services which allows me to stay true to my “roots”.

I’m very excited about this new adventure as it allows me to combine the things I love to do along with the ability to contribute to a great piece of software. Over the past few months I have been working closely with ENow in order to build Mailscape for Exchange Online. So far, customers are thrilled with what they see and we have plenty more to come! (Did you know that Mailscape for Exchange Online was also nominated for the The Best of TechEd awards?)

In order to keep up with the ever-changing landscape in IT, I will continue to consult for ENow’s customers, albeit that I will spend less time doing so than I currently do. I strongly believe that staying hands-on with Exchange, Office 365 and everything related, will allow me to contribute better on a technical level but also allow me to better understand how our software should work with everything Microsoft does.

Of course, I will continue to blog here, speak at various tech conferences and be part of The UC Architects podcast. As a matter of fact, I’ll be speaking at Exchange Connections in September in Vegas where I will be presenting two sessions and a one-day workshop on deploying a Hybrid Exchange environment. If you haven’t signed up, I strongly suggest you do: after all IT/DEV Connections is one of the rare conferences where you get the chance to meet with real-world experts presenting no-nonsense and hands-on topics on various Microsoft technologies. This year’s edition has everything to make it even better than last year’s, including a new location: the beautiful Aria hotel/convention center.

Although I won’t officially be starting until September, feel free to reach out to me regarding Mailscape or ENow’s software in general. I’ll be more than happy to assist you with any questions you have. As always, you can follow me on twitter (@mvanhorenbeeck) or send me an email on michael.van.horenbeeck@enowsoftware.com!

-Michael

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