I have been working with messaging environments since the MS Mail days, and spend a majority of my time designing and implementing enterprise messaging solutions based around Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Lync. Complex migrations and implementations, as well as large-scale upgrades, are my specialty. I have been awarded the Microsoft MVP award for Lync Server, and have been awarded 6 times for Exchange Server for my contributions to the Exchange community.
A published author, I continue to be active online, assisting others with Exchange and Lync related issues.
Outside of Exchange & Lync, I enjoy all things technology. I live in the Southeast part of Michigan, but travel extensively for work.
I’m the UC Automation Lead for Modality Systems, a Microsoft Partner. At this time, I’m not looking for any new employment opportunities.
I do independent consulting from time to time. Primarily based in the Greater Detroit, Michigan area. If you have a UC related project (Lync, Exchange, etc), information about my services can be found at http://www.innervation.com/.
Social Media & Forums
Check me out on Twitter (@patrichard), LinkedIn, Microsoft. Tons of info at those links. As a general rule, I don’t accept friend or link requests from people I don’t know. Otherwise, the list gets unmanageable. I’m also the moderator of the Exchange and Lync forums at http://www.powershell.org/, and a regular contributor to the Exchange, Lync, and Windows forums at http://www.tek-tips.com, as well as being on their advisory board.
I’m a contributing author on the following Exchange related books:
- Mastering Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 by Jim McBee and David Elfassy
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2007: The Complete Reference by Richard Luckett, William Lefkovics, and Bharat Suneja
I’ve also written articles for other web sites, including Petri IT Knowledgebase.
I’m one of two hosts of the popular The UC Architects podcast, a bi-weekly audio podcast on all things Microsoft UC. The podcast includes a group of ~15 UC architects including MVPs and MCMs and frequent guests from the industry. We average over 10,000 downloads per episode.