I’m humbly excited today to have received an email from Microsoft saying that my MVP award has been renewed. This is the consecutive 7th year since the first time I got the MVP award for Microsoft SharePoint. Now SharePoint is grouped into a new MVP category called Office Servers and Services which comprises of 5 Microsoft productivity products: Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype for Business and Yammer.
Microsoft MVP award is not a certificate you can study and take an examination to achieve it nor something special like a silver bullet. The award is your contribution to the world’s community and Microsoft business. This would be to show how your blood of Microsoft looks like and how much of passion you would expose.
For the last year, I’ve been with community in several countries. I gave my presentation at Global Azure Bootcamp 2016 and 2017 at Microsoft Singapore where I shared with folks best practices for SharePoint Server deployment on Microsoft Azure and Azure IaaS defense in depth topics. In November 2016, I had a chance to speak at European SharePoint Conference 2016 in one of the world’s most livable cities – Vienna, Australia. I met many internationally renowned experts in person to discuss more about SharePoint and the market.
With Gokan – a Microsoft Regional Director in Belgium and Vlad – a SharePoint expert from Canada
In March 2017, I flew to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia to speak about SharePoint Server 2016 on Microsoft Azure at the ExpertsLive Asia Pacific 2017. Later a month, I went to Singapore for Global Azure Bootcamp 2017 presentation at Microsoft Singapore.
With Microsoft Singapore folks
One of another remarkable work is book writing. This year I spent my time with another MVP writing a 150-page step-by-step guide to configuring and deploying Office 365 hybrid. I also authored myself a publishing book named Microsoft Azure Iaas Defense in Depth which has already been on Amazon store. Beside book writing, I established a new website http://azurevn.net where I gather Microsoft Azure experts and lovers to share experiences and articles. My event engagement is still active in which I was engaged to organize with Microsoft two events in Vietnam.
I think being an MVP is an amazing experience. I would like to thank my peer MVPs, the community program manager and the Microsoft product teams for supporting and being with the community for years. I’m looking forward to contributing and engaging more into the community in the new year ahead.