I was delighted to learn that I was recognized by my peers in the IT community for my contributions and that I was selected for the EMC Elect 2014. It really is a privilege to be associated with such a fantastic group of IT influencers and an honor to have been chosen.
Also, I want to congratulate the other members of the EMC Elect 2014. The recognition is very well-deserved. We're all fortunate to benefit from your contributions to the community!
One thing is certain, there are definite benefits to blogging and community involvement for most IT professionals. Blogs are a great medium for discussion and collaboration that is not always possible in one’s immediate physical surroundings. In addition to the general intellectual exchange many of us likely find of value (or hopefully we would not be spending so much time on it) is the feedback we receive on specific technical related posts that has the potential to influence our thinking and writing. This has certainly happened to me in my career and I consider it a tangible benefit, although one that only shows up indirectly.
Moreover; technology leaders, strategist, and engineers can help foster our IT future by influencing the next generation. Our involvement in technical high schools and colleges can help shape their programs. Technology moves at such a rapid pace, it is hard for schools to keep up. We can help teachers with technical training and join their Technical Advisory Boards to help shape their curriculum.
An important aspect of blogging and community involvement is recognition by your IT peers and the technical community for our contributions. That is what the EMC Elect is all about!
Here is the list of the 80 individuals selected as the 2014 EMC Elect: