I have recently been asked by Microsoft UK to become a V-TSP, which stands for a Microsoft Virtual Technology Solution Professional. No, this is nothing to do with Microsoft Virtualisation; the ‘virtual’ reference comes from being employed by a Microsoft partner not directly employed with Microsoft itself.
Here is the official Microsoft statement:
The Microsoft Virtual Technology Solution Program (V-TSP) 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.
As a V-TSP, I will have access to online resources and documentation that are usually solely reserved for the Microsoft internal teams along with quite a few other cool benefits.
I have the great honour of being the first and only Security/Forefront V-TSP in the UK at this time.
The on-boarding procedure with my V-TSP sponsor begins in February…should be fun