Yesterday I had a conversation with a client and during the course of the conversation, I was asked what is an MVP? I thought to myself that there may be others who are wondering the same thing. Today I decided to share with you what I know about the MVP program and the award that is presented by Microsoft.
I have been a Microsoft Valuable Professional [MVP] for the past seven years. The award is presented on a yearly basis during the months of January, April, July, and October by Microsoft, to recognize those in the technology community who assist Microsoft software and product users. This assistance can be provided using Internet forums, newsgroups, newsletters, and through other sources such as community gatherings.
Microsoft describes MVPs on its MVP logo as: “Independent Experts. Real World Answers.”
The MVP community is made up of some 4,000 members worldwide that are involved in about 90 areas of expertise. Experts are either nominated by current or former MVPs, or are selected by Microsoft personnel who recommend the person to receive the award. The nominee goes through a rigorous selection process before receiving the award.
Upon receiving the MVP award recipients are entitled to early release of some software, subscriptions to both TechNet and MSDN software, and in providing feedback to the folks who are developing products and software at Microsoft. There is also the prestige in knowing that you have contributed to a worldwide community of professionals who are knowledgeable in their respective fields.
My award cycle is coming due on April 1st of this year. I would hope that I will be selected once again to receive the MVP award. But if for some reason I didn’t receive the award this year, I would be satisfied in knowing that I have been honored for seven years in a row. I don’t think I could have asked for anything more.
Thanks to everyone who have made this award possible.