It is with great pleasure that I can share with you all that I am now a Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional). The MVP programme (https://mvp.microsoft.com/) is designed to recognise those professionals who give their time to support technical communities and Microsoft. This could be through blogging, speaking at conferences, providing feedback, helping other and contributing code to projects. There are many award categories ranging from PowerPoint to Xbox each with its contribution areas. I was awarded MVP for the Data Platform, which covers SQL Server, Data Lake, HDInsight and many of the topics I am particularly interested in. I exceptionally pleased to be amongst the 19 Data Platform MVPs in the UK and 1 of the 418 Data Platform MVPs worldwide.
In a recent blog by Kevin Kline, Kevin discussed what it takes to be an MVP, in his opinion it all boils down to being passionate about what you do and sharing that passion with others (https://blogs.sentryone.com/kevinkline/how-can-i-become-a-microsoft-mvp/). I could not agree more! I talk at events because I want to help people. I still get so much out of attending sessions and I want to make sure that I give back everything I took from the community. Kevin’s blog gives a fantastic overview of what it takes to become an MVP, well worth a read.