Another first for Paradyne – Microsoft Small Business competency

People who have met me know that I am fiercely competitive and love to live on the bleeding edge.

My company Paradyne has been first in Australia or the world for key competencies, products and releases. Not bad for a company that is barely 2 years old.

This morning it was confirmed by Microsoft Australia that we’ve done it again – Paradyne is the first in Australia to achieve the brand new Small Business competency, and 11th in the world (poor form!).

While this is very exciting for the team and something to be proud of, you can’t help but feel that it was written in the tea leaves – given that my face and Paradyne’s name were used as the imagery to launch the Small Business competency on the Microsoft Partner Network website – http://www.loryanstrant.com/2012/06/20/getting-my-face-out-there/

Both awesome and creepy…

Getting my face out there

Last year Microsoft asked me to be involved in a photo shoot for their corporate stock photo collection.

I only saw the photos used once last year at the Australian Partner Conference as the opening slide of a presentation.

On the weekend however I received several messages from people pointing me to the Microsoft Partner Network page where I feature.

As well as the Small Business Competency page.

(The other person in the photo is my former business partner James Doutsis.)