A write up on Jacqui Smit's latest achievement.
Jacqui is determined to stay ahead!
Boasting 20 years of experience in SharePoint, Jacqui Smit is definitely a force to be reckoned with within this industry. She has worked at GT for 2 years, 1 of them as a developer and the other as a software development manager. In this role, she manages the day to day with our world-class development team, ensuring that our clients get nothing but excellence from GT.
“Different people in the team have different types of skills, so it’s my job to know and guide them and ensure that they have the information they need to get the work done.”
Jacqui has grown and developed her skills while at GT, assimilating and internalizing GT’s mission and values, ensuring that she is able to enable productivity. She takes great pride in delivering high-quality work that meets or exceeds the expectations of her clients and colleagues.
With that in mind, she has often taken it in her stride to stretch herself for her own good as well as the good of our company and clients.
When the opportunity arose for her to advance her skillset, it was a no brainer, Jacqui took it. The opportunity being referred to is the MS 600 exam.
The exam measures the ability to complete technical tasks such as:
-Design collaborative app solutions and existing app integration,
-Implement Microsoft identity,
-Build apps with Microsoft Graph
-Extend and customize Microsoft 365 with SharePoint Framework
-Extend Microsoft Teams
-Test, deploy, monitor, and maintain modern enterprise-grade app solutions.
When asked about why she decided to take the exam, Jacqui showed great understanding of her industry, in that it is rapidly evolving, and so, to remain relevant or useful in the field you need to constantly adapt and grow.
“In order to stay relevant in development, you have to constantly learn. The technologies are constantly changing, they are upgrading all the time.”
She further noted that what she learns allows her to lead her team better by imparting what she has learned and helping them to elevate their capabilities. Essentially, she believes that this achievement will not only serve her, but her colleagues and clients alike.
So, with that in mind, she buckled down to prepare for the exam, sacrificing time with her family and other areas of her life that required her attention in order to ensure she was successful, and all that sacrifice paid off. Sure enough, after her hard work and dedication to achieving her goal, despite the obstacles she had faced, she passed!
On the 22nd of March, Jacqui wrote and passed the MS 600 exam, stretching herself more for her role and career.
“I was super excited. I was stressing because Microsoft exams are tough. They’re not to be played around, they’re not to be trifled with at all.”
This is an amazing achievement that has to be acknowledged, one that highlights to the team and clients, the caliber of person they are dealing with. With this qualification (Teams Application Developer associate), Jacqui will be better equipped to lead her team and serve her clients with relevant expertise and extensive industry experience.
If that’s not enough to convince you that GT has the crème de la crème when it comes to staff, honestly, we don’t know what will.
Jacqui, is only one of the many highly talented and hardworking people who form part of the GT team. Our staff seek to achieve excellence in their work, upholding the company’s mission: To empower people and business to become sustainable and capable in an ever changing digital world, continuously challenging the status quo.
We are immensely proud of what Jacqui has achieved, and can’t wait to see what’s next!
Onwards and upwards, Jax!