On Thursday June 1st 2021, I received an email from Microsoft telling me that I received the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. My award is given for the category Enterprise Mobility, which covers most of the topics part of the Microsoft 365 line of products.

It’s a real honor to be recognized by Microsoft for the community work I’ve done recently, and I really consider myself lucky to have become part of a group of experts who all share a passion of sharing their knowledge with the community.

My public MVP profile is available here: https://mvp.microsoft.com/en-us/PublicProfile/5001131

On the Microsoft MVP website Microsoft explains:

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real world problems. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries/regions and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others – that’s what sets them apart.

In order to be considered for the MVP award, you need to be nominated by either another MVP or someone working at Microsoft. In my case, I was nominated by Peter Daalmans, with which I work closely in the Workplace Ninja User Group Netherlands. The fact that you are nominated doesn’t automatically mean that you get the award as well, you really have to prove that you are involved in community related activities like blogging or organizing events. Also in order to be considered for extension of your award, you’ll need to continue your efforts.

A word of thanks to Peter Daalmans for nominating me, really appreciated, but also to my wife Miranda and my children Colin and Caitlin for supporting me while putting a lot of effort in community activities besides the work I perform at my customers. Also a big thanks to my colleagues Tamara and Mike which motivate me to go the extra mile for both my customers and my community activities. And last but not least, all the amazing people I work with on a daily basis and you, the readers of my blog. I’m looking forward to continue with sharing my knowledge.

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I started my career in 1995 as a System Engineer in the broadcast industry, building and maintaining video editing suites and television studio's and later specializing in Telecine equipment. In 1998 I switched to a first line support function within the Information Technlogy on the dealing room of a large bank, working my way up to a 3rd line support engineer. From this position i started to work on projects, which eventually resulted in projects where I worked across the border. In this period I implemented and designed several deployment solutions for mass rollout of workstations, laptops and servers. Since 2009 I switched to a consultancy function mainly focusing on but not limited to System Center design and implementation projects, besides that I became a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and currently teach System Center Related Classes (SCCM, SCOM and SCSM). In Januari 2010 I received the Microsoft MVP award with the expertise Setup & Deployment which was extended in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 and 2014 I was awarded the VMware vExpert award. In october 2014 I received the Microsoft MVP award with the expertise System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management (SCCDM).

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