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For New Microsoft MVP, training Power Platform beginners is all in a day's work

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW

Since 2020, Rishona Elijah estimates she has trained more than 5,000 people on Microsoft business applications.

In her role at Barhead Solutions, Elijah runs a range of “in a Day” training sessions for customers and the public like Customer Insights in a Day, RPA in a Day, Power Automate in a Day, and Dataverse for Teams in a Day. She essentially does almost anything training-related on Power Platform or Dynamics 365.

On April 1, Elijah awoke to find an email informing her that she had been named a Microsoft MVP. It was a decision that came two months after her nomination, during which time she had tried not to think much about it.

"Luckily, it wasn't an April Fool's joke," says Elijah, who is also a Microsoft Certified Trainer. "A few years ago, I never thought that I would be an MVP. But since getting involved with the Power Platform community, I felt it was something I could achieve. I wasn't actively working toward getting the award, because the community work that I do, I do because I enjoy it."

All in a Day's Work

In addition to training sessions, Elijah takes on a range of creative duties related to training.

"I also create videos, demos, and training material content — anything that can be used to demonstrate the tools and show off what people can build and achieve with the tech," she said.

Currently, Elijah is creating a course on LinkedIn Learning for Microsoft Power Virtual Agents that she says will be a great way for beginners or people studying for the Power Platform ...

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.