Number five! MVP for another year

Traditionally, I was an “October MVP” - which basically meant me looking at my e-mail inbox every minute on October 1st, as that was my renewal date. Then Microsoft introduced a new award model, in which everyone would be renewed (or not) for July 1st. Although Microsoft tends to call you beforehand if they will not be renewing you, it’s still pretty exciting.

It’s not easy to get any statistics on the evolution of the award program and its awardees, but Microsoft seems to have tightened the screws a bit. Fellow MVP Michel de Rooij did some analysis on the publicly available data and noticed a 21% overall reduction in the number of MVP’s. In my own “Office Servers and Services” category, we went from 490 to 383 MVP’s - a reduction of 22%. The bar seems to have been set a lot higher this time, and it’s sad to see some longtime friends loosing their MVP status.

Giving back to the community is what being an MVP is all about. My main interaction with the community is through my public speaking engagements. Every year I tell myself to do less events, but I never succeed. And when I look back at my activities since my previous nomination (October 2016), well&… - I’ll let you be the judge of that:

  • SharePoint Saturday Belgium (organiser)
  • SharePoint Saturday Oslo
  • MVP Global Summit in Redmond (attending)
  • Unity Connect in Haarlem
  • SharePoint Saturday Geneva
  • aOS Day Brussels
  • BIWUG evening event in Brussels
  • SharePoint Saturday Munich
  • SharePoint Saturday Helsinki
  • Techorama in Antwerp
  • European Collaboration Summit in Zagreb
  • SharePoint Saturday Netherlands
  • Office 365 Engage in Haarlem
  • SharePoint User Group UK in London
  • SharePoint Saturday Cambridge
  • SharePoint Saturday Paris
  • SharePoint Saturday Belgium (organiser)
  • SharePoint Unit in Haarlem
  • SharePoint Saturday Oslo
  • European SharePoint Conference in Dublin
  • SharePoint Saturday Helsinki
  • MVP Global Summit in Redmond (attending)
  • Techorama in Antwerp
  • European Collaboration Summit in Mainz
  • SharePoint Saturday Netherlands

In the coming months, you’ll be able to meet me at:

  • SharePoint User Group UK in London
  • SharePoint Saturday Cambridge
  • Microsoft Ignite in Orlando
  • Modern Workplace Conference in Paris
  • SharePoint Saturday Belgium (organising)
  • SharePoint Saturday Barcelona
  • Office 365 and SharePoint Connect in Haarlem
  • European SharePoint, Office 365 and Azure Conference in Copenhagen

…and there are even a few more in the pipeline! The full list can be found at my Speaking page.

In the future I’m planning to focus on not only the usual, bigger conferences but also the SharePoint Saturdays in cities where I’ve not been able to go to in the past. Because that’s something that has changed too: only a few years ago there were basically 3 SharePoint Saturdays in Europe: UK, Belgium and the Netherlands. We now have SharePoint Saturday events in every major city in Europe (and beyond).

A lot of people also ask me how I’m able to do all these events. Apart from the support from my wife, the main reason being I’ve got an awesome employer: Xylos. They not only understand this “community” thing, but also support me all the way. You can read more about my personal story in my previous blog post.

Living in Belgium, and looking for a new adventure? We’re always on the lookout for new talent! If you’re into Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Teams, Azure AD or whatever related technology: Let’s have coffee together!