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TechEd (online and offline)

I recently participated in the TechEd EMEA Developers, which took place in the beautiful Barcelona. I won’t cover the technical sessions here (which many people already did) but I’ll focus on something else.

Basically I had 2 main targets in my mind:

I’m very satisfied with both of them as I would say I accomplished them both. I was attending the Community Booth (which was right in between the 2 Ask The Expert Zones), being available for the customers who wanted to know more about the Program.

IMG_7675 “the ATE Briefing”

I guess this is the first time (ever!) in which I don’t get any questions like “Who are the MVPs?” “What is the MVP Program?” or, even worse, “Is that a Microsoft Certification?”. It seems all the attendees visiting and/or passing through our Booth were very aware about the MVPs which is great! I also wanted to promote the Program internally among my peers, and I did that, meeting with some colleagues of mine from EMEA and showing the impact of the Communities and the MVPs as key contributors of them. I always refer to Coca Cola when I talk about “promotion”: “if The Coca Cola Company does advertisements throughout the year, then I suppose anyone, any Company, any team, even any individual would need some!”. One of the things I also did was to interview Karen Young in a sort of Q&A interview on the “MVPs and the Power of Community” (you can find the full version in the TechEd Online main page).

Q&A Interview

I also had an interview with Channel 9 (thanks Christian !), very informal & funny, which I guess will be published very soon..

The mingling part was the fun part: meeting with all those MVPs (from Croatia to Latvia, from Greece to Romania, from Italy to Malta, etc..) was very energizing. Anyone who knows me is aware that the passion I have for the communities is driven by the passion of these guys that voluntarily share their technical expertise every day in the online and offline communities and User Groups. Being there and talk with some of the people I unfortunately don’t meet very often was even better! And then dinners and parties have been another important part of the event :)

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I cannot mention you all but a special thanks goes to all who have contributed to the success of the event and particularly to all who have contributed to the “quality time” I had :)

Categories: EMEA, Events, Travels

MVP Open Days, lo Stakka e l’Interoperabilità

Anche quest’anno, e come avevo già annunciato, si sono tenuti i Microsoft MVP Open Days, questa volta in Microsoft Italia.

Per me è stato un evento davvero unico, tanto per le sessioni quanto per il fatto che è “l’occasione” per antonomasia per incontrarci tutti (o quasi) insieme. Due giorni caratterizzati da incontri, roundtable, discussioni tecniche ma anche da cene e divertimento.

Vorrei ringraziare in particolar modo Microsoft Italia, che mi ha permesso di organizzare un evento così importante per me personalmente. Dall’impeccabile organizzazione di Marina Brumat, alla partecipazione dei tanti colleghi (dalla Divisione TechNet Italia a tutta la Divisione MSDN Italia) che hanno voluto scambiare quattro chiacchiere (certe volte anche più di 4 :)), agli speaker quali l’Amministratore Delegato Pietro Scott Jovane al nostro Direttore Relazioni Esterne e Corporate Marketing Carlo Rossanigo ai nostri Direttori di Divisione Anders Nilsson (Developer), Matteo Mille (ITPro), Pierpaolo Boccadamo (Direttore Platform Strategy) e Pierluigi Mazzuca (Direttore Customer Consumer Experience and Services) per passare ai pluri-apprezzati Giorgio Malusardi e Aldo Donetti ed ai former MVP Lorenzo Barbieri e Giorgio Cifani fino ad arrivare al bravissimo Andrea Contino che mi ha permesso di fare 2 + 2 interviste, nei ritagli di tempo, ad alcuni MVP Italiani. E poi Enrico Bonatti (Direttore Divisione Information Worker), Pietro Panepinto, Licia Corbolante, Silvia Lala… la lista è molto lunga (e davvero mi scuso se non ho menzionato tutti).


E’ stato un evento indimenticabile, che ha permesso agli MVP di incontrare tanti ma tanti colleghi che si sono prestati anche di sabato pur di poterli incontrare. E poi la cena, la serata unica e speciale (oltre al fatto che era il mio compleanno ;-)) che, non fosse stato che il giorno dopo l’evento continuava, sarebbe durata di sicuro tutta la notte !

E poi, ovviamente, un grazie speciale ai tanti MVP che hanno partecipato (alcuni dei quali prendendo ferie, facendo i salti mortali per poterci essere, restando 2 giorni lontani da casa per poter stare insieme). Ovviamente sono “di parte” ma credo che il contributo tecnico che ogni giorno, con pazienza, viene fornito dagli MVP all’interno delle community online ed offline non sia cosa da poco. Gli utenti lo sapevano, io lo sapevo, Microsoft lo sa. E questo evento è stato, come direbbe Frankie:

“Un Omaggio, Un Tributo, Un Riconoscimento”. GRAZIE !

MVP Award Program – July 08

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Indeed it is time again to announce the newly awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals in Italy for the first of July, 2008:

Please join me in congratulating Alessandro Del Sole for his MVP Award in the Visual Basic technical expertise !!

But why are you posting in English?”, you might ask… Because, as of the 1st of July, I will also be responsible, as part of the MVP Organization, for the following Countries:

Estonia  Latvia  Lithuania  Cyprus  Greece  Malta

  • Baltic Regions (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Malta
  • and of course Italy :)

What does that mean?” It means I’ll be the relationship manager for all the MVPs living in the above Countries.

Yes, but, could you be a little bit more specific?” . Well, I’ll be their point of contact, the one that finds new opportunities and interactions with the local Subsidiary, the one that manages and escalates issues and provide feedback, the one that will help the local Office find extremely valuable professionals candidates living in these Countries and so forth…

You can’t imagine how excited I am for this new challenge and I would like to thank my boss Çigdem Akin for giving me this amazing opportunity.


Congratulations to Aggelos Mpimpoudis (XNA/DirectX), John Katsiotis (ASP/ASP.NET), both from Greece, and to Sergejus Barinovas (Visual C#) from Lithuania for their well-deserved achievement ! And, of course, congratulations to all the re-awarded MVPs (I presume you already received the Welcome email ! :))

I’m so thrilled to start this new exciting adventure and, believe me, I’m more motivated than ever to start new engagements, new technical interactions and all the other networking opportunities the MVP Award has to offer! (and yes, It’ll be fun! Did you doubt that?! :D)