Two Summit 7 Systems Employees Recognized as Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals for 2012


Two Summit 7 Systems Employees Recognized as Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals for 2012

microsoftmvpHuntsville, AL, April 3, 2012

Summit 7 Systems today announced that Principal Architect and Managing Partner, Ben Curry, as well as, Senior Consultant, Cathy Dew, were granted the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in the category of SharePoint Server. Ben received his 5th Consecutive MVP Award. This is Cathy’s first MVP Award.

“It’s wonderful to have both Ben and Cathy recognized as community leaders and technology experts by Microsoft. It is a well-deserved recognition for their thought-leadership and contributions to the SharePoint community over the past year,” states Summit 7 Systems President and Managing Partner Scott Edwards.

The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) is the highest award given by Microsoft to those it considers the best and brightest from technology communities around the world who actively share their technical expertise with the community and with Microsoft. Candidates are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary community contributions for the previous year.


About Cathy Dew

Cathy (MCTS, MVP) is the Co-Founder of the Global SharePoint Users Group, the Founder of the Birmingham SharePoint Users Group, current President of the Rocket City SharePoint User Group and a Board Member of the Women in SharePoint Group. She is a co-author for the ”SharePoint 2010: Six in One” published by Wrox Press. Cathy’s skills are well known within the industry and she is a popular speaker at user groups and conferences. Additionally, she is the recipient of five Houston Advertising Federation ADDY Awards (3 Gold and 2 Silver).

Cathy's co-authored SharePoint 2010: Six in One book addresses the six most essential areas needed to takeoff with SharePoint 2010 - branding and customization, workflow, business connectivity services, social networking and tools, the search function, and development basics so you can get started using SharePoint immediately.


About Ben Curry

Ben Curry (CISSP, MVP, MCP, MCT) is a well-known author and enterprise network architect specializing in knowledge management and collaboration technologies. Ben is a Managing Partner at Summit 7 Systems, a company focused on the next generation of Microsoft products.

Ben’s co-authored book, “Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Best Practices” from Microsoft Press provides field-tested best practices and proven techniques for designing, deploying, operating, and optimizing Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. Part of the new Best Practices series for IT professionals from Microsoft Press ®, this guide is written to demonstrate how to deploy the software, design your environment, manage content, analyze and view data, perform disaster recovery, monitor performance, and more.

You'll learn how to create SharePoint sites that help your organization collaborate, take advantage of business insights, and improve productivity with practical insights from the experts.
Ben’s most recent book, “Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administrator's Pocket Consultant”, contains portable and precise, pocket-sized guidance and delivers ready answers for the day-to-day administration of SharePoint 2010; featuring straightforward information for deployment, site configuration, enterprise content management, search and indexing, workflows, shared service providers, information management policies, scalability, availability, security, logging and processing analysis, and backup and recovery.



Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama’s Cummings Research Park, but delivering successful projects worldwide, Summit 7 Systems is a team of business and technology experts that empower you to overcome any barrier between your organization and success. We are a Microsoft Certified Partner with multiple Gold Competencies specializing in the Business Productivity Infrastructure — including SharePoint and FAST Enterprise Search. Summit 7 Systems will help your organization determine a strategy for success by clarifying your vision and providing a roadmap to make the solution to your business needs a reality. 

The solutions provided by the expert team at Summit 7 Systems improve the efficiency of collaboration between your business units and provide a user-friendly experience for locating the relevant information within your organization. Our team specializes in the strategy, vision, design, implementation, support and enhancement of the following:

• SharePoint Platform Solutions

• Enterprise Content Management

• Enterprise Search

• Business Process Management

• Internet Solutions / Web Content Management

• Extranet Solutions

• Intranet Solutions