Let me first wish you all a very happy, prosperous and a peaceful new year. 🙂
On 1st of January, at 8:57PM local time, I received an email. Congratulations 2017 Microsoft MVP!, said the subject line of the email. What happened in the next 2-3 minutes is still somewhat blurry to me. I was overjoyed and I recall jumping up from the chair and then screaming “yay!”. Following is an excerpt from the email I received.
The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award is the most prestigious award anyone who’s involved with Microsoft Technologies can earn. The award recognizes an individual’s tremendous service towards the community in a chosen category. In my case, I was recognized as an MVP in Office Servers and Services due to my contributions towards Office 365 and Exchange Server and SharePoint Server. These contributions can be in the forms of forum participation, blog post articles, speaking engagements, organizing user group meetups or conferences, etc.. The official MVP site defines who’s an MVP as below.
Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real world problems. MVPs are driven by their passion, community spirit and their quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others – that’s what sets them apart.
What this means to me? A lot! Being recognized as an MVP comes with a lot of perks of its own, sure! But most importantly it brings together a lot of like minded professionals who are passionate about sharing knowledge with the community and help others. This provides me a platform to connect with them along with product teams within Microsoft to join with discussion to provide feedback on products and features, which in return will result in a great products.
What’s next? I will continue to share my experiences and knowledge through this blog. This blog is one of many ways I reach out to the world sharing my knowledge. I am actively participating on Microsoft Answers community as well as user group meetups apart from the blog. Starting from this year, I will be taking up a more responsibility at our local user group Sri Lanka IT Pro Forum by supporting the team members with organizing meetups as well as speaking on topics around Office 365 and other Microsoft cloud technologies. Apart from that I will be speaking at Experts Live Asia conference in March in Kuala Lumpur. If you haven’t registered yet, there’s a super early bird registration offer available. Read more about it here. Also, my employer Infront Consulting Group with support of the MVP community in Sri Lanka will be organizing the Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 in Colombo this April. More on that later, so keep an eye on the blog. Few other conferences are on the list and I will update them in this blog as they come closer.
Read the official announcement on MVP Blog: https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/mvpawardprogram/2017/01/03/january-2017-mvp-award/