To All Those That Read My Blog,
I want to say thank you to everyone that follows/subscribes to my blog. I’ve been running my own blog since 2013, and before then I was an active contributor (and moderator) to the www.Windows-Noob.com forums. I’ve always strived to share quality vs quantity information, drawing largely from my real-world experiences. And I’ve even obliged by writing on topics that my followers (and clients) have requested.
My MVP experience
The goal of my blog was never to obtain the Microsoft MVP award. But, on January 1, 2015 at 10:38 AM EST, I was honored to receive a very special email, informing me that I had been awarded the MVP award in the System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management category. I still remember that day. I still remember reading the email, and thinking to myself “this must be some type of new year’s joke.” I could not believe that I had received the award. It was a real privilege and honor.
Since then, I’ve continued to do what I love, learning about technology, and sharing those experiences. Over time, the award category dropped the “System Center” part of the name and became “Cloud and Datacenter Management” or CDM for short. And also, over time, my career focus began to shift from System Center to Azure. All throughout that time, my focus on writing blogs, presenting at conferences or User Groups, etc. has not been to obtain the MVP award the following year; it’s always been to share knowledge and experience. Because, really, if no one took the time to write about how to fix problem X, or how to configure Service Y, we’d all be stuck repeating the same things/steps over and over and over again. There would be no progress.
In the 5 years since I originally received my first MVP award, I have been privileged to be re-award each year, making this year my 5th consecutive year as a Microsoft MVP in the Cloud and Datacenter Management category. And every year, I have had the fortunate opportunity to attend the annual Microsoft MVP Summit (hosted at Microsoft HQ in Redmond), where we are given the unique opportunity to interact directly with the Product Groups, learn about future roadmaps, and provide valuable and direct input into the products and services that we all use. Every year I attended the MVP Summit, I took notes during all the sessions I attended (I still have my notes from 2015, which is interesting to go back and read to see how far things have come). In fact, I became so proficient at it, that the level of detail in my notes became dare I say, legendary (ie. who needs a copy of the slides when I have them transcribed ;-)).
There are so many amazing memories that I have from the MVP Summits, especially the friendships made with other MVPs in the CDM category (and other categories) from all over the world!
Resigning as an MVP, the honorable way
Once you become an MVP, it’s sort of addictive. The access you get, the preview features you learn about, etc. Of course, people’s lives change, and sometimes they aren’t able to contribute as much to the community as they once did. In those cases, they may not be renewed as an MVP, but Microsoft lovingly has an MVP Reconnect program, sort of like an alumni for former MVPs to stay in touch.
It’s been said by some, that the only “honorable” way to loose your MVP status (because you can “dishonorably” lose it by violating the NDA), is by joining Microsoft (because, Microsoft employees are not eligible to be MVPs). And so, I am excited to announce that today I honorably give up my MVP status, as I have joined Microsoft! I will be taking on the role of a Cloud Solution Architect (CSA) – Apps and Infra, based out of the Microsoft Canada headquarters. I am very excited for this opportunity, and to see what the future holds.
What about your blog?
Some of you may be wondering what will happen with my blog. Let me be clear. My intention is to still run it, and share real-world experiences and information as much as possible. If you have any thoughts/suggestions for topics, my email is always open.
When I gave notice to my (now former) employer, the outpouring of support, and the comments that many have made about how I’ve affected/helped them, were truly touching. I’ve had many people comment that they appreciate my Exam Resources study guides, my Technical Book Reviews, and my go-to list of resources for learning Terraform for example.
And so, I will continue to maintain and operate my blog, contributing when I can. There may be periods of reduced posting from time to time, depending on how busy I am. But, I am still very much committed to sharing with the community at large, as they’ve shared so much with me over these years.
In closing, I’d like to share some words of advice that I left my co-workers with:
Treat everyone with dignity and respect. Show others appreciation and that you value them/their input. Even if the individual may be newer, younger, less experienced than you, or in a role/position lower than yours, everyone has value. Everyone brings something to the table to share and contribute. Personalities may clash at times, but we need to be able to look past that, and see the bigger picture of how we collectively contribute each other.
This is Adin Ermie, former 5x Cloud and Datacenter Management (CDM) MVP, signing off.