Short, Awesome and Dutch… this is how today can be described! After the first sessions started at 7:45 am, my session on “Azure Experiences” at ExpertsLive NL in Ede followed at 11:30 am. The location, the number of sessions, speakers and participants was simply overwhelming. My session went great…Thanks to all participants for feedback and…
MVP Award 2018/2019 – Two is better than one
There are days when even a “halfway” adult man sits there and is as nervous as a small child before saying poems at school…
One of these days was July 1st this year – after I received the Microsoft MVP award for the first time in October 2015, then still for System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management, I was successfully renewed every year in October. Until now I was and am proud MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management (yes Microsoft loves to rename things).
The changes in the MVP program have now led to all MVPs worldwide being renewed on July 1st and so I was also excited on Sunday. Especially since one has already heard some unrest in advance that a large number of MVPs will not be renewed.
MVP Award 2018/2019
Then it was finally so far…on Sunday afternoon I received the desired mail and it contained a quite positive surprise:
So this year I was successfully renewed in two categories… the usual Cloud and Datacenter Management (CDM)… and new Microsoft Azure!
What an honor!!!!
One in 50 and one in 4
I knew that it is possible to be awarded in more than one category…but to achieve that once yourself is really great. Especially since I could read on the site of Michel de Rooij, who created a great overview, that there are only 50 MVPs worldwide with two categories.
But it gets even better…if you look among the 50 double MVPs for further MVPs with the combination CDM and Azure, you will find that only 4 MVPs worldwide have these categories:
Congratulations to all renewed MVPs!
If you take a closer look at the figures in Michel de Rooij’s blog, you will find some interesting statistics. Here’s an excerpt:
- of 3.815 MVPs in June, only 3.025 remain (-21%)
- of 410 CDM MVPs in June, 302 remain (-26%)
- of 370 Azure MVPs in June, 366 remain (-1%)
- only category with MVP growth is AI – from 28 to 58 (+107%)
Finally, it only remains for me to say: THANK YOU!
Thanks to my wife, who gives me the freedom and always supports me! (and takes the greatest pictures!)
Thanks to my children, who endure that I am often not at home and sweeten my free time!
Thanks to my family, who shaped and supported me in my life!
Thanks to my friends from Taekwon-Do, who have been with me for more than 20 years now!
Thanks to Dr. Ralph J. Aman, who accompanied, challenged and supported me on my way!
Thanks to COMPAREX and my colleagues for their great support.
Thanks to my “Fellow MVPs” who have become good friends over time.
Thanks to Alex Benoit, who has endured one or the other episode GeekSprech, GeekSchau and Fasching 🙂 with me.
Thanks to …. everyone I haven’t named yet!
“The community lives from the community and only those who participate keep it alive!