I am thrilled to announce that I was selected today to be a SQL Server MVP. The MVP award is given by Microsoft to those who share knowledge and passion with the technical community. For me, that means I write and present constantly.
I am joining over 300 people who share my love for SQL Server and about 4000 people worldwide in all of the technologies. You may be wondering how I got to this point and what it takes to be an MVP. Well, as I said, I write a lot. Over the past eight years, I have been involved with nine technical books, either as an author or technical editor. I also love to speak, especially at events like SQL Saturdays, but I also do webinars for Training on the Ts here at Pragmatic Works.
How does Microsoft actually select the MVPs? You do have to be nominated, generally by another MVP or a Microsoft employee. You may receive an email on October 1, January 1, April 1 or July 1 informing you of the good news. The time in between being nominated and receiving the award is a mystery to everyone except those making the decisions.
You may also wonder what is required of an MVP. Well, nothing actually. If you receive the award you could just stop doing all the community activities. Chances are, if you get this award, you love contributing to the community and would do so no matter what. If you continue contributing, then you have a chance to be renewed for multiple years. The best part of what I do is hearing from the people that I have helped learn T-SQL. Thanks to those of you who have made a point to let me know I have made a difference in your career.
You may realize that I have been an MVP before. I received the award in April of 2008. One of the ways to lose the award is by going to work for Microsoft. I did that in 2010. Since I am now at Pragmatic Works, I am eligible once again.
When I found out the news today I didn’t know what to do first. I was so excited, I was shaking. My first thought was to let my team leader and managers know. After that, I put out a tweet and a Facebook status update. I am really happy to work for a company that encourages the types of activities that lead to the MVP award. In fact, Pragmatic Works employs several MVPs
I would also like to say congratulations to Devin Knight (blog/ @knight_devin) of Pragmatic Works who also received the award today and to everyone new or renewed. And, to those who were nominated and didn't make the cut this time, keep doing what you are doing because you are making a difference. Who knows, maybe you will be next.