Announcing GotSpeech Consulting LLC

As you may know I recently announced that I was unemployed and looking for consulting work. Well I have taken the next step – I have formed GotSpeech Consulting LLC.

GSC is a registered Florida corporation that I am using for my consulting work. I haven’t got the website up an running yet but that is coming soon – still working out the logo and site design.

GotSpeech Consulting will offer the following services to its client –

  • OCS 2007 Speech Server application development
  • MSS 2004 to MSS 2007 conversions
  • Speech Server training given locally or on-site
  • Project and code review/analysis for best practices for Speech Server development
  • Speech Server mentoring

It is my opinion that there is a market among small and medium size companies for Speech Server development. These smaller companies often don’t have the staff expertise for a Speech Server project. The also my not have the manpower or time to take on IVR related projects so they are looking to augment their staff. GotSpeech Consulting can fill in those gaps.

I’m also looking for Speech Server developers interested in subcontracting for GotSpeech Consulting. I am handling all of the work at the present but I hope to grow the consulting business and I am looking for capable developers that can do some of the work. If you are interested please send me you resume and your availability.

Marshall Harrison, MVP Microsoft Office Communications Server | 904.342.6205

MVP again and other stuff

I got this in my email today:

Dear Marshall Harrison,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2009 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Communications Server technical communities during the past year.

This is my 4th year and I am honored to be named MVP again.

Today was also my first day of being laid off. Or to put it another way – today is my first day as an independent OCS/Speech Server consultant.

I’m excited about the opportunities that being an independent consultant provides me. It gives me the freedom to work on things that I find interesting and it gives me the opportunity to pursue speaking and training assignments. I like the fact that I will get more interaction with other companies looking to take advantage of OCS and Speech Server. I truly like the role of evangelist for these technologies and I’m looking forward to experimenting more with Speech Server and UCMA 2.0. I’m also glad that this will give me more time to spend promoting/growing GotSpeech.Net and GotUC.Net. I have been so busy with other things that I haven’t been as active on my forums as I would like but that will be changing.

But this new venture also means that I have to round up my own business so if you know of anyone that needs training, mentoring, coding or other consulting work then just send them my way.