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MVP Award Program – July 2012

Holidays are approaching, slowly :), @ least for the lucky ones, and it’s a good exercise, during this period, to look back and see what we as a Program have achieved from a community standpoint. Lots of events in the whole Region I represent (Central, Eastern Europe & Italy, excluding Russia & CIS Countries which are managed by my dear colleague Yulia Belyanina), lots of Product Group Interactions, lots of articles, webcasts, forum posts, blogging, local projects with every single Microsoft Subsidiary: it was definitely tons of things! I’m really happy about the Program, of course, because it changes a bit every year but the nature of it is still intact.

Just an example: we recently announced the new MVP Award Program website, which has been totally rewritten with a Metro-style UI, and the possibilities to do a lot more than the old one.

Back to the Nomination process, and as you may know, we have 4 Nomination Cycles:

  • January, 1st
  • April, 1st
  • July, 1st
  • October 1st

This is about the III one, the July Award Cycle. The cycles involves lots of stakeholders and nothing is taken from granted (renewing MVPs knows that very clearly :)). The are people from the local Microsoft Subsidiaries, of course us Community Program Managers (aka MVP Leads), the Business Group Leads and the Product Teams.

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I cannot stress enough the fact that the Most Valuable Professional is, in fact, an Award. It’s not a certification, it’s not a Partner-affiliation program, it’s an Award. And it is given to the ones who consistently shared their expertise, with their peers, in the online and offline communities. It’s something you gain in the field. And Microsoft, with this Award, wants to THANK these people for their extraordinary community activities, together with a strong competency on a specific area/Product.

With that said, Please WELCOME the new awarded Microsoft MVPs, sorted by Name:

Influencer Technical Expertise Country/Region
Jan Matejka System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management Czech Republic
Kamil Skalski System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management Poland
Laura La Manna Visual C# Italy
Lukasz Kaluzny Virtual Machine Poland
Marius Ene Directory Services Romania
Tomáš Slavíček XNA/DirectX Czech Republic

A BIG CONGRATS to you guys MVPs and of course to the ones that have been re-Awarded. The MVP Award lasts 12 months and every single candidature is treated carefully and thoroughly so I totally understand the excitement (and sometimes the pain :)) to wait for an email saying that you’ve been Awarded again.

There are also people (very few, to be honest) who has not been awarded: as I’m not happy about that, sometimes there are reasons: people changed their jobs, moved to another Country, or for whatever reasons they decided to stop being active in the communities or they’ve not been active enough to be re-awarded. I always tell them that they can keep me as their primary point of contact for contacting Microsoft moving forward: and you never know, one can be out of the Program for a while and then back after a few months so, as I always say, don’t lose faith :). We also launched an initiative to keep in touch with both, MVPs former MVPs through a LinkedIn Group (membership is limited to active and retired MVPs) http://ow.ly/bKmIC which, IMHO, is a good way not to lose contact with the MVP community as a whole.

Also, If you don’t know exactly what the MVP Award Program is, take some time to subscribe to our blog as you’ll find some interesting stories to read…

If you’re on Twitter, feel free to follow @MVPAward , myself and the #mvpbuzz hashtag: you’ll be amazed to see a great MVP community sharing a lot of real-life stories (covering different Microsoft products and technologies) that may also comes at hand when you’re in trouble :)

That said, Enjoy your Award and Congratulations !

  1. 01/07/2012 at 16:55

    Wow! Congratulations to all new and re-awarded MVPs! This is great honor for all you guys and the feeling is special! This is my second year! I wasn’t really expecting it today knowing it is Sunday 🙂 but yeah… one more (out of thousands) way to show that MVPs are really appreciated by Microsoft! THANK YOU MICROSOFT & THANK YOU ALE!

  2. kstilger
    01/07/2012 at 17:03

    Congrats to all July MVPs, new and re-awarded!

  3. 01/07/2012 at 17:09

    Cograts to all new and renewed MVPs.

  4. Adis Jugo
    01/07/2012 at 17:28

    Congratz, people 🙂 Cheers!

  5. 01/07/2012 at 17:51

    Congratz Kamil, Lukasz and all new/past MVPs.

  6. 01/07/2012 at 18:18

    Contgrats to all new and re-awarded MVPs!!

  7. 01/07/2012 at 20:53

    Congratulations to all of you lucky guys !

  8. 01/07/2012 at 22:53

    Congrats to all new and re-awarded MVPs!

  9. 01/07/2012 at 22:59

    Congrats to all new and all renewed MVPs

  10. Romeo Mlinar
    02/07/2012 at 07:36

    Cograts to all new and renewed MVPs 😉

  11. 02/07/2012 at 09:29

    Congrats!

  12. 02/07/2012 at 15:29

    Congrats to all new and re-awarded MVPs that are working hard to share their knowledge.

  13. 03/07/2012 at 14:59

    Congrats to all MVPs! New MVPs, welcome on board!

  1. 02/07/2012 at 12:05

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