Driven by a passion to find technical solutions to real world business problems, Jennifer Mason freely shares her knowledge of SharePoint best practices. We interviewed Jennifer to find out what makes our top contributor of 2012 tick.

An Interview with Jennifer Mason

CMSWire: What first brought you to the information management industry / world of SharePoint?

Jennifer Mason: I was working as an Intern and I was assigned the task of working with the leader of the Project Management Office to help him provide a set of tools that his project teams could use to collaborate and track project data. This started my love of working with the business to help them find technology that filled a business need.

CMSWire: What project are you working on now that you'd like the readers to know about?

Jennifer: I am in the process of working on a revision of our Information Workers book for SharePoint 2013. We have been working on this for a few months now and we are very excited for a February release date! You can pre-order the book now on Amazon. 

CMSWire: What excites you most about your field today?

Jennifer: I'm excited about seeing technology come closer and closer to the business and the users. Technology and using it to better communicate and collaborate is becoming the way that a completely non-technical users expects to work. This is great because it gives us a great opportunity to really change the way people work.

CMSWire: Was there ever an "aha" moment in your career and if so, what was it?

Jennifer: I feel like I have these moments daily! I love learning new things and seeing things that I didn't expect come together. My favorite “aha” moments though are those when I realize that someone with more experience was pouring into me and taking the time to help me develop as a person and within my career. Most of the time a light-bulb moment happens and I say to myself “that’s what they meant and wanted me to learn.” To those people, I am truly thankful!

CMSWire: What would your one or two biggest wishes for the industry be for 2013?

Jennifer: I would love to see our industry focus on the user in all things. Making it easy for them to use technology in natural and efficient ways. I would love to see the strong community that we have, especially in the SharePoint area come together and put all our knowledge together for a good cause. We can do a lot with technology, so how can we use our skills to best impact our world.

CMSWire: Is there anything else our readers should know about you?

Jennifer: I am addicted too much to work and I have to actively plan to not work, otherwise I think I would spend all my time in front of my computer screen! I feel like I have the perfect job -- that combines two things I love -- people and technology! Sure makes work not feel like work!

Speed Round: 6 Things you should know about Jennifer

1. Right now I am reading

James Robertson's "What Every Intranet Team Should Know"

2. Quote to live by

“Purpose, Passion & Designer Jeans” I heard this concept when I was graduating college and getting ready to jump into the “real world.” Hardly a day goes by that I don’t reference that talk as I make decisions and plan for my future.

3. The best word ever said


4. When I'm not working

I am sleeping!

5. Word that should be struck from the dictionary


6. Best song ever sung

Any song as long as Josh Groban is singing it!