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Top Experts for 2017

Posted by · February 26, 2018 11:23 am

Each year, Experts Exchange awards members who’ve gone above and beyond to help others solve their technology problems. From troubleshooting efforts and educational contributions to 1:1 help, these individuals continue to go the extra mile. We believe our services are enriched by the expertise of our global tech experts who volunteer their time and willingly share their knowledge so that, together, our members can influence the future of technology. That’s how the Expert Awards came to be, and we look forward to honoring these members.

Here are the top outstanding experts for 2017:

Fellow

The Experts Exchange Fellow award is brand new for 2017 and the highest distinction reserved for select members whose extraordinary accomplishments, outstanding and sustained technical contributions, and leadership in multiple disciplines over a significant amount of time earn this award.

Our first Fellow is Joe Winograd, developer and president at QuinnHighTech LLC. Please join us in congratulating Joe for this prestigious award!

Background:
For 52 years, I’ve worked in the computer industry. I took graduate courses in computer science at Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pennsylvania and got my B.S. in operations research at Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University). I’ve published more than 80 articles and videos of instruction on Experts Exchange. I received the Most Valuable Expert (MVE) Award in 2015 and 2016.
Fun Fact:
I’ve worked in three areas of Artificial Intelligence: a chess-playing program, natural language processing, and voice recognition.
Why Experts Exchange?
I have acquired an extraordinary amount of technical knowledge here at Experts Exchange. While it may seem, based on my points, contributions, and accolades, that I impart a lot of knowledge to others, I can say without hesitation that I learn more than I teach here at Experts Exchange. Experts Exchange is a veritable treasure trove of technical knowledge!


Most Valuable Experts

The Most Valuable Expert award recognizes technology experts who passionately share their knowledge, demonstrate the core values of this platform, and go the extra mile in all aspects of their contributions. This year, four experts received this award.

Mohamed Asif (MAS), Technical Department Head

Background:
I have a bachelor of science in information technology and I’ve worked in the industry for 16 years.
Fun Fact:
I was really interested in becoming a software developer. But a lack of time and resources took me away from software development. Still, I developed small programs like disk monitoring, garage management, and sales lead management. If someone is willing to assist me from Experts Exchange, I’m 100% confident I could become a good software developer and continue to contribute to Experts Exchange the same way I have been in my current expertise. Social helping is my hobby. You can see I helped for free in my cases through the Experts Exchange Live platform and with the site’s messaging.
Why Experts Exchange?
Joining Experts Exchange was a turning point in my life. Back in 2008, Experts Exchange gave me the confidence to face challenges in technology problems. I started developing my skills to contribute more to Experts Exchange in the same way I am receiving help from the site. I realized there are a lot of good-hearted experts in this world, ready to help for free–or share their knowledge. Experts Exchange helped me improve my skills and expertise in Exchange server, Microsoft Access, VMWare, Outlook, etc. Currently, I’m in a position to offer my skills and expertise to anyone who is seeking help through Experts Exchange.

Julian Hansen, JavaScript, jQuery, HTML specialist. Distinguished Expert Veteran in JavaScript and PHP

Background:
I’m the CEO of everything, including taking out the garbage. I’m an independent consultant/developer and I work from home to spend more time with my family. I received my BBusSc (Bachelor of Business Science) Hons. Computer Science at the University of Cape Town. I’ve been in the profession about 100 years (seems that way). Started coding in 1987 so that makes it around 31 years.
Fun Fact:
I aspire to write children’s literature.
Why Experts Exchange?
I pride myself in being part of an industry that gives so much back–there isn’t another one like it (other than hospice workers, perhaps)–where professionals give freely of their time to help others. Experts Exchange is a great place to give back and help others as others helped me on my way up the ladder. It is also a great place to learn. They say if you want to learn something, teach it. I can honestly say that much of what I use in my career today has been as a result of things I have been forced to learn and solve in answering Experts Exchange questions. You get a good feel for where the industry is at, where it is going, and insights into technology you didn’t even know existed. It has a good social aspect as well. I have met some really top quality people on Experts Exchange–there have been a few I won’t miss, but for the most part it’s been a great experience with experts and askers alike. Experts Exchange has helped me push myself. When you work for yourself you don’t have a boss to ride you, and Experts Exchange has partially filled that role. By committing to helping people, I am forced to follow through with things that might otherwise have fallen by the wayside. Last but not least, Experts Exchange provides a great reference for people who want to know who you are and what you are about. Point them to your Experts Exchange profile and there’s years of history for them to browse through–technical capabilities, communication skills, coding skills, it is all there.

Martin Liss, Retired Programmer

Background:
I’ve been a computer programmer for more than 40 years. I have some college education.
Fun Fact:
I’m a pretty good cook.
Why Experts Exchange?
Since I’m retired, I don’t have a profession per se (unless it’s my wife’s Honey-do list), but at almost 77, you need something to keep your brain sharp (well, at least not dull) and solving programming problems does it for me.

Jim Dettman, President of Independent Consulting Firm Online Computer Services of WNY, Inc.

Background:
I’ve been in the industry for 33 years. I went to Erie Community College and got my AAS in Data Processing.
Fun Fact:
I suppose the one thing I do that most would not expect is that at 58, I am still riding motorcycles off-road and do all my own mechanical work. I ride in local events and compete from time to time in Hare Scrambles.
Why Experts Exchange?
Answering questions allows me to keep my existing skills sharp, learn new things that I didn’t know before, and immerses me in a community with a lot of very nice people. It has lead to new business opportunities as well, and I’m certain it played a role in getting Microsoft MVP award status and continues to do so.


Expert of the Year and Author of the Year

The Expert of the Year award recognizes the expert who helped improved Experts Exchange in the past year, through contributions to the site and in their overall approach to leadership, guidance, mentorship, and setting an example for others within the community.

The Author of the Year award recognizes original works by an author that are considered extremely valuable and insightful, that heighten and extend the reader’s’ awareness of the topic, and provide relevance to the technology community.

This year, our top Expert of the Year and Author of the Year awards belong to one person:

Andrew Hancock, VMware and Virtualization Consultant and Expert of the Year recipient since 2011

Background:
I’m managing director at Cyrus Computer Consultants, Ltd. and I’ve been in the industry for 28 years. I attended the University of Plymouth. This year I also received Distinguished Expert status in VMware and Storage topics on Experts Exchange.
Fun Fact:
I’m a beekeeper, tropical fish breeder, traveller, chairman of Local Allotment Association, and drone flyer!
Why Experts Exchange?
Experts Exchange keeps my brain active when traveling–and focused, as I eat and sleep VMware. (Cut me in half, and it reads VMware!) This community lets us understand where the training issues lie in VMware, e.g. P2V, snapshots, networking, and other hot topics, which allow us to deliver better training to clients. I enjoy answering questions on site because I can interact with–and learn from–different Experts Exchange members with varying degrees of knowledge in VMware and Virtualization.

Expert of the Year, 2nd Place:

John Hurst, Business Owner

Expert of the Year, 3rd Place:

Shaun Vermaak, Technical Specialist/Developer at Gijima

Author of the Year, 2nd Place:

Tom Cieslik, Database Administrator, Exchange Administrator 

Author of the Year, 3rd Place:

David Favor, Linux/LXD/WordPress/Hosting Savant


Rookie of the Year

This award recognizes a new member of Experts Exchange who has made outstanding contributions to the community within their first year as a member.

Shaun Vermaak, Technical Specialist/Developer at Gijima

Background:
I’ve been in the industry for around 14 years. This year on Experts Exchange, I also achieve Distinguished Expert stats as a Veteran of Active Directory and a Rookie of Security, Windows OS, Microsoft Office, Windows 7, Windows 10, Hardware, Active Directory.
Fun Fact:
I am deathly allergic to bananas. Seriously, who is allergic to bananas?
Why Experts Exchange?
What I find most valuable, is that I can preempt certain issues for clients by monitoring problems experienced by Experts Exchange members.