Today I finally get to spill the beans on a secret I’ve been wanting to share for a while: today myself and six of my good SharePoint friends are announcing that we have formed a new consulting company! You can read the full announcement on the News page of our new site but I’ve also quoted it here:

Today we are happy to publicly announce a project that we’ve been working on for several months – Aptillon – a new SharePoint consulting company created to fill the need for a dedicated, talented, and respected SharePoint consulting firm with the track record for successful delivery. While the name Aptillon is new, we think you’ll recognize the names of our principals: Todd Baginski, Darrin Bishop, Dan Holme, Gary Lapointe, David Mann, Matthew McDermott, and Maurice Prather.

Each of our principals has depth in many areas of SharePoint. Together our team has depth and breadth across the entire product as well as the supporting technologies like Office, Silverlight, Windows Server, Exchange, SQL Server and more. Between us, we have over 50 years of experience with SharePoint. We are Microsoft Certified Masters, Most Valuable Professionals and Microsoft Certified Professionals aligned to deliver SharePoint solutions for projects of any size. We are passionate about “technology done right”, applying technology smarts to business solutions and having fun while we do it.

We are open for business and already delivering solutions for clients. Please let us know if we can help you.

To help celebrate the launch of Aptillon, we are giving away a “SharePoint 2010 Bookshelf” – 5 books on SharePoint 2010 that the Aptillon founders had a hand in producing. If you’re attending the Best Practices Conference in Washington DC this week, track down Darrin, David or Maurice (they’re all delivering sessions) and exchange business cards with them. After the conference, we’ll draw one lucky winner and ship them the books. It’s just one little way that Aptillon is helping the SharePoint community.

Look for more information in the next few weeks.

– Aptillon founders: Dan, Darrin, David, Gary, Matthew, Maurice, Todd

So I know what your thinking, “but Gary, you just went independent! What about Falchion? I could never pronounce it but you’ve got that sword and those cool business cards, what’s going on?” Have no fear – Falchion isn’t going away – I, like the others, are still independent consultants and still own our own companies. Aptillon is just sliding in on top – it is a way for us to work as a team when it makes sense to do so – we can go after projects together that we couldn’t as individuals and we can do so as one company making it significantly easier on our collective clients.

For me the relationship is a perfect one – I still determine what projects I work on but now I have an extraordinary team that I can leverage and call upon to help me with projects or to feed me projects. We all have a vested interest in seeing each other succeed as our success is Aptillon’s success and Aptillon’s success is our success. To date we’ve already had several projects that we’ve jointly worked on in various capacities and they’ve all gone incredibly well. With this team of individuals I have full confidence that there will be many more to come…