2014 Microsoft MVP

Honestly, looking back over my last 5 years I cant say that this was part of the master plan. Five years ago I arrived in New Zealand “fresh off the boat”. Ready to take on new things I never anticipated (or planned) a career change. You see I was a a voice guy back then. The closest I got to IT was when we pointed fingers at each other when VOIP packets were getting dropped..

But Today, well today its all different as I have one foot in each pen. Thats been most useful with my attempts to understand Lync. I must be doing OK as I have been Awarded MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional)

Thanks Microsoft!


About Paul B

My name is Paul Bloem and I am employed at Lexel Systems in New Zealand as a Principal Consultant for Unified Communications. I have been working on enterprise voice solutions for over 20 years. My first 10 years were spent working for a Telco in South Africa (Telcom SA). This is where all the groundwork happened as I was exposed to just about every aspect of telecommunication you could imagine. I develop an interest in PBX technologies and eventually became the go-to guy. Next, I had a 10 year run at Siemens South Africa, most of my time there was as a Technical Trainer. During this time VoIP hit the world stage, I had the privilege of introducing VoIP both as H.323 and later SIP across the Siemens HiPath 4000 solution stack. In 2008 I immigrated to New Zealand with my newly attained MCSE, I was ready to go where no PBX Techie had gone before. I was employed to explore OCS 2007 and that was pretty much the beginning of the end for me. I have been working on OCS and Lync ever since. My current role focuses exclusively on Lync and associated technologies.. That includes pre-sales, consulting, architecture and design, training and support. I even get to play in the development space from time to time - focus on play ;-) I was nominated as a Microsoft VTSP for Lync early in 2013 and also awarded Microsoft's MVP award for Lync in 2014.
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4 Responses to 2014 Microsoft MVP

  1. Congrats! Well deserved!


  2. Georg Thomas says:

    Congrats Paul!


  3. Paul Bloem says:

    Thanks George


  4. Paul Bloem says:

    Thanks Anthony, you will be joining me shortly no doubt


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