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Industry Experts?

Hey Experts,
Kitten here - new EE employee, posting here because I am trying to reach the most active experts.

I want to do some research and study up more on the big names in the industry that you guys listen to.

Any blog suggestions?
Twitter accounts you follow?
Sites you like to visit to get the latest info?

Thanks in advance for the suggestions,
Kitten D.H.

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byundt--Microsoft Excel Topic Advisor>>
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byundtCommented:
You are likely to get different answers depending on the experience level of the person responding.

An MVP is likely getting information directly from the horse's mouth, either through participation at the annual MVP Summit or through being on the mailing list circulated amongst the MVPs with occasional input from a Microsoft employee. Much of the information disseminated in that fashion covers future versions of software and is covered by Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), but there are a few tidbits (bugs and discoveries) that are allowed to be passed on to the broader community.

An expert who is not yet an MVP may check with some of the more popular blogs covering his software specialty. For Excel, you might check sites run by Dick Kusleika http://dailydoseofexcel.com/, Purna Duggirala http://chandoo.org, or Doug Jenkins http://newtonexcelbach.wordpress.com/.

A person interested in Excel will find numerous solutions to standard problems on sites run by Chip Pearson http://www.cpearson.com/excel/topic.aspx, John Walkenbach http://spreadsheetpage.com/index.php/site/tips/, Jon Peltier http://peltiertech.com/, Debra Dalgleish http://contextures.com/tiptech.html, and Ron de Bruin http://www.rondebruin.nl/

I don't use Twitter, but the 140 character format really doesn't suit Excel.

A person interested in Excel can also benefit greatly by trying to answer questions on help forums like Experts Exchange. The learning comes from trying. While getting a "Good Answer" email always gives a rush, you can pick up tricks posted by somebody else as well as by trying to figure out workarounds for problems you never encounter in your day job. You will also learn how to word your Comments to get your point across, avoid inflaming other Experts, and figure out what the real problem is when confronted with a poorly worded question. If you stick to it, you will soon get both quick and knowledgeable enough to start accumulating points. I was on a very steep learning curve in my first year on this site.
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willcompCommented:
What are your areas of interest?
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Nagendra Pratap SinghCommented:
Well the question was fairly blind.

Please delete the links.
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Nagendra Pratap SinghCommented:
http://4sysops.com/ ---------------------------------------Sysadmins in General, Windows, Virtualization, Storage, SCCM and more. This site features an article by various authors covering one of these topics almost every day.
http://www.windowsnetworking.com -----------------------Very similar to the one above, with a couple of new articles or essays by various authors each week.
http://www.deploymentresearch.com/ -----------------------SCCM, MDT. Features a couple of articles on subject material each week, all written by Microsoft MVP Johan Widmark.
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Darr247Commented:
At first I started a list of ALL the science/technology sources I follow, then I noticed what topic areas this was posted to... so here are twits I follow for first traces of microsoft/office  features/bugs/networking/security news:

@sourceforge
@LauraChappell
@techinciter
@WCGrid
@mikko
@timoreilly
@kevinmitnick
@iH8sn0w
@msftsecresponse

I'm looking forward to seeing the lists of other members here to pick over.  :)~
The 'recommended for you' emails from Twitter hardly ever have anyone in them that I end up following.

I check http://techcrunch.com/ frequently and browse the MSDN blog aggregator http://blogs.msdn.com/ semi-regularly.
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Darr247Commented:
> I don't use Twitter, but the 140 character format really doesn't suit Excel.
Put it on a web page, then tweet a link to the page with a short synopsis. <- that's just 74 chars
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Manjunath SulladTechnical ConsultantCommented:
For Windows Server updates, I follow Sysinternals site, which is created by Mark Russinovich.

Sysinternals : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals

Mark Blog : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb963890

And Microsofts's Technet site (Server),

Apart from this, I will follow EE's articles and EE experts profile and their suggestions while resolving the issue.
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE)Microsoft MVP ExcelCommented:
Re Excel: What byundt says above. +1 +1 +1

Additionally:

Data visualisation and dashboards:
Stephen Few www.perceptualedge.com and his books. Indispensable for anyone who creates charts.
Juice Analytics (google them) - Good insights for general chart topics, software agnostic, mainly.

SharePoint out of the box
- www.endusersharepoint.com - people who use SharePoint and don't develop .Net code
- www.sympmarc.com - Marc D Anderson, SharePoint MVP and master of client side code in SharePoint, author of SPServices jQuery library for SharePoint to do magical things without touching the server

SharePoint branding:
- anything by Randy Drisgill
- anything by Heather Solomon
- google them

There's just so much stuff out there. It really depends what topic you want to delve into.

cheers, teylyn
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Nagendra Pratap SinghCommented:
Johan Widmark should be read as Johan Arwidmark.
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Kitten HarpainAuthor Commented:
Thank you so much for your input! With EE covering SO many topics, I had no idea where to begin, and this really helps :)
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byundtCommented:
Kitten,
Since you cast your net so wide with this question, I am wondering if perhaps your real aim was targeted advertising on sites that are the most influential for the respective software fields. If so you would have gotten different answers, because the sites that rock stars find influential are quite different from the ones that their fans follow.

Brad
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Martin LissRetired ProgrammerCommented:
This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.
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