I’m very happy to share the news that I’ve been renewed as a Microsoft MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management (yes, I have to use the U.S. spelling ;) ) for the 2018-2019!
This is my first renewal, where I received the award at the start of 2017. Microsoft changed it’s methods, so I lasted 1 1/2 years before being re-assesed, along with the rest of the world’s MVPs. If you want to get an idea on how happy people are about being re-awarded, check out the Twitter hashtag #MVPBuzz! Also a great way to find people to follow, as they’ll generally be sharing lots of interesting and helpful information for those who care about Microsoft technologies.
I figure it’s worth rehashing the two main questions people have about Microsoft MVPs:
What I do to be a MVP:
Becoming and staying as a MVP has some extra work involved. We have to log all our community actions (all of which can’t be for paid work) which takes some time.
For me, my biggest areas of work are:
Twitter – Where I share news, help and engage with others around Microsoft technologies
Adelaide Microsoft IT Pro Community – Where I co-host and sometimes present a monthly user group that covers a variety of topics
AdamFowlerIT.com – Where I write about things I’m working on, tutorials and sharing interesting discoveries I find
I’d be doing these things anyway without the MVP award.
What I get out of being a MVP:
Recognition – this is probably the biggest benefit!
Access to others MVPs and Microsoft staff through various forums and email distribution lists – a very close second biggest benefit!
A MSDN subscription
An Office 365 subscription
An invite to the Global MVP Summit
A big thanks to everyone I communicate with – in Microsoft, MVPs, and everyone else who engages with me in any way. Talking into the void and hearing something back is what keeps me going.