Tuesday, November 30, 2010 2:08 PM Jan Tielens

Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Last week was a very special week for me: I delivered my last course as a U2U trainer. I’ve been a full-time U2U employee for almost 7 years. During that time I had the opportunity to travel the world, meet lots of interesting people and make many new friends, while talking about Microsoft technologies. In the last couple of years my focus was mainly on SharePoint, but in my “early” years I was quite active with BizTalk, ASP.NET … as well. My career at U2U had many, many heights: having a drink while watching the sunset over the Kilimanjaro, strolling over Sunset Boulevard with my colleagues, speaking on large conferences in Belgium, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Milan, seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland …, and many, many more. But probably what I’ll remember most will be my dear coworkers: I count each one of them as a personal friend and every single one of them is an expert is his or her domain. I was incredibly lucky to have the privilege to be one of the U2U gang. Of course my time at U2U also had some lows, especially the time after we had to say goodbye to our colleague and co-founder Patrick Tisseghem who suddenly passed away. But, while never forgetting Patrick, we continued with our work and I think I may say we did quite well (especially Wim, our Director who managed to lead us through some rough times)! So I’d like to conclude with a big thanks to all the people who attended one of my courses (I never counted them, but you are probably more than 1000!) and who I worked with in the past years. And of course a big thanks as well to the U2U gang: I wish you all the best and keep up the good work.

So, what’s my next big adventure? Well I’m very happy that I’ll join Microsoft BeLux (Belgium & Luxembourg) as a Technical Sales Professional, of course for SharePoint and related technologies. So for all the people I’ve met in the past years, including my former colleagues, this is not a final farewell but I’m very sure we’ll all meet again!

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# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Thursday, December 2, 2010 5:08 AM by Mart Muller

Good luck with your new job!

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Thursday, December 2, 2010 5:25 AM by Etienne Lambert

All the best with your new life Jan and keep posting because in the world of SharePoint, your pages do come up quite a lot and your tips/tricks are always brilliant!

Thank you.

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Thursday, December 2, 2010 5:36 AM by Wilco

Success with your new job!

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Thursday, December 2, 2010 5:42 AM by paul keijzers (KbWorks)

Jan All the best with your job Change will you keep blogging etc?

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Thursday, December 2, 2010 5:52 AM by C. Marius

That's a change, congrats & all the best!

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Thursday, December 2, 2010 5:59 AM by Marijn

Wow, all the best !!!

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Thursday, December 2, 2010 8:41 AM by Prashanth

All the best of luck to you, Jan

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Thursday, December 2, 2010 8:49 AM by Moim

All the best!!

I hope your blog will continue spreading SharePoint tips/tricks the same way, as it did for last couple of years

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Thursday, December 2, 2010 12:52 PM by Mike Walsh

Welcome to the ranks of the ex-MVPs!

I wish you all the best with MS.

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Thursday, December 2, 2010 8:30 PM by Paresh

All the best Jan.  But please keep on posting technical articles on your blog.... Your posts are a great help. :-)

Best Regards,

Paresh

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Friday, December 3, 2010 3:23 AM by Ben Weeks

Good luck Jan, and don't forget to update the "About Me" in the left hand column ;-)

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Friday, December 3, 2010 8:08 AM by Randall Koot, APG Heerlen

Hallo Jan, hartelijke gefeliciteerd ! Met Het Nieuwe Werken a la MS wellicht een goede balans met de thuissituatie....

In ieder geval veel succes !

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Friday, December 3, 2010 11:04 AM by Harold van de Kamp

Hello Jan,

Good luck with your new job at Microsoft!

It was great to attend your SharePoint 2007 training and at an other point in time your Upgrade to SharePoint 2010 training.

Best regards, Harold

# re: Saying Goodbye to U2U, and Hello to Microsoft

Friday, December 3, 2010 12:27 PM by Raf Franco

Dag Jan,

net zoals je succesvolle carriere bij U2U twijfel ik er niet aan dat je carriere bij Microsoft even succesvol zal worden. Bij deze dus: Gefeliciteerd met je nieuwe job.

Groeten, Raf.

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Friday, December 10, 2010 9:43 AM by Tom VDK

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Good luck with your new job at Microsoft!

We'll have a drink on that! Just say when. ;-)

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Saturday, December 11, 2010 12:07 PM by Rick Taylor

Congrats, Jan!  It was a pleasure speaking at conferences with you.  Good luck at MSFT!

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Wednesday, February 9, 2011 1:05 AM by Gonçalo

Dear Jan,

Nice to hear the good news. I knew Microsoft would get you some day. I wish you all the best there.

Best Regards,

Gonçalo (The Hague)