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Windows Home Server
Windows Phone Consumer, Windows Consumer Apps, Windows Home Server
http://about.me/jcollison Jim Collison is Performance Team Lead, Gallup Technology, at Gallup’s Omaha, Nebraska office. As a technology manager, he oversees the development teams for Gallup’s Oracle Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) technology, the Microsoft SharePoint platform, and QBank, a proprietary application that stores all questions that Gallup has asked in its polling and consulting work. Jim also partners with Gallup’s Talent Resources team to recruit and retain world-class system and database administrators and software developers who support Gallup’s clients and the company’s internal systems. Prior to joining Gallup, Jim served as the director of Enterprise Information Management for Omnium Worldwide. While there, he deployed a new business intelligence platform for the company. Jim was a also a long-time employee of Commercial Federal Bank, which became part of Bank of the West in 2005. While with the bank, he helped build an enterprise data warehouse and supported the marketing group. Outside of Galllup, Jim is the pen and voice behind The Average Guy Blog and Podcast Network. He hosts the weekly Home Tech Podcast at TheAverageGuy.tv, which focuses on helping people with consumer technology. Jim was named a Microsoft MVP in April 2011 and is a regular co-host on the HomeServerShow.com podcast. Jim grew up in San Jose, California, and moved to Nebraska in 1992. He received his bachelor’s degree from Grace University in 1997. Jim serves on the Gallup Federal Credit Union Board and is the president of the Heartland Oracle Users Group (HOUG) in Omaha. He has served HUOG in this role since 2009, when he and a team from Gallup revived the organization.