Microsoft MVP

Microsoft MPV

A couple of years ago, I decided to become a Microsoft MVP so that I could help other people learn about technology — especially in the cloud technology area.

What is an MVP?

In short, MVPs are Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). For more than twenty years, Microsoft has given that award to technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. There are close to 4,000 MVPs around the globe specializing in approximately seventeen different categories. MVPs share their passion by writing blog posts, articles, and books, answering questions in forums, and giving presentations in community groups and events.

How did I become an MVP?

I’ve always read a lot about new technologies and enjoy working on home pet projects. For me, the optimal way to learn is by doing whenever possible; having real struggles with features are the best brain challenges I can find.

Because things are always changing quickly I constantly keep notes on my work. Originally, all of my notes were on disk, then I put them online.  Once online, people started asking me questions and I happily began to share my findings.

The way I like to learn is getting out of my comfort zone.  With this approach in mind, I decided to start a blog (and just to add a level of difficulty, I decided to do it in English since at the time I only knew French).  I named my blog, and changed all my funny avatars to my photo. I began publishing my reading notes every Monday, and, exactly like the saying goes, build it, and they will come.  The weeks passed and the number of weekly views on my blog grew from dozens to hundreds.

I joined the Canadian Windows Azure Community Experts group and participated in events.  Sharing my passion through presentations, blog posts, and meet-ups was enough for me to be welcomed into the big MVP family.

Becoming an MVP …

Becoming an MVP didn’t change me.

I’m still very nervous before a presentation or before publishing a blog post. I continue to code late at night on personal projects. More than ever, I’m excited when I win a long battle with a bug and find a way to make everything work.

What is different?  I now have more opportunities to share successes with friends and colleagues.  The two way communication channel has increased; me reaching out to them and vice-versa.

I continue to push my comfort zone and share my passion through the technology I like so much.

I’ve started a second blog, in French this time, called CloudenFranç I’ve also joined the MSDEVMTL (Cloud) community group in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as a co-admin, and started a new Cloud community in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada called OttCloudTech.

Today, I’m attending a Microsoft MVP Summit.

What is MVP Summit?

The MVP Global Summit is a multi-day event that is hosted in Bellevue and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Washington. With a large catalog of technical sessions and a variety of networking opportunities, the MVP Global Summit enables MVPs to connect with other MVPs, build relationships with Microsoft product managers, and provide feedback on Microsoft products and technologies.

I look forward to sharing some of the summit’s discoveries with you in future blogs.

Thank you for reading and asking questions. Next time you have the chance, reach out, it would be terrific to connect.


Frank Boucher