Applause, Applause! Congratulations to our colleagues, Joris de Gruyter and Brandon George, who were recently awarded with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) designation by Microsoft.
This honor is given to professionals who share their passion for and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with the technology community. Joris and Brandon are two of the four MVPs in the U.S. who are focused on Microsoft Dynamics AX. For those that don’t know Joris, he is a Microsoft Dynamics AX senior developer at Sikich LLP and Brandon George is Chief Solutions Architect/Owner at IDB Solutions, and both serve many other roles within the Dynamics community.
It’s always great to see colleagues recognized and while congratulating them, I also took the opportunity to ask a couple questions. First, I wanted to know once you become a MVP, what does it mean as far as meeting and networking with other MVP’s across the Microsoft Ecosystem? And do MVPs have access to inside scoop at Microsoft that they otherwise would not have had access to?
I learned that yes, once you become an MVP you get invited to focused meetings where you can provide feedback or ask questions directly to the specific Microsoft product groups. There are also resources to contact other MVPs in other product categories for networking and knowledge sharing purposes. Both Brandon and Joris emphasized what a valuable experience this is, and Joris noted that in this group, if someone asks a question, it will definitely be a tricky one!
I then went on to ask them that besides being a highly-notable title, “What does the MVP status mean to you and the community members you deal with on a daily basis?”
Joris responded, “Contributing to a community typically means you are donating your time and experience and sharing it voluntarily with the rest of the community. Some of those contributions can be small and quick, for example typing up a quick answer to a forum post during a coffee break. Other contributions - for example detailed blog posts or complicated forum questions/answers - take longer which is usually something that we do in our spare time. Receiving feedback from the community makes this all worthwhile. People email me saying they were able to learn a new feature they didn’t know about, or found an answer or walkthrough for something they have been struggling with. That is what keeps us going, knowing that you are in fact helping someone. Bottom line, to me it is a great motivator.”
Brandon responded much of the same, noting, “There are so many people that add to the body of knowledge that is the Dynamics Community and that's such an encouragement. Further, to my customers and others in the community, it's a signal that sharing knowledge, instead of shying away from such efforts, is a rewarding process. It's rewarding in the feeling from helping others, it's rewarding in being listed within an elite group of Dynamics Pros, and finally it's rewarding to customers in recognition of the dedication MVP's have towards the overall growth and success of the community at large.”
Joris and Brandon share the feeling that the MVP award from Microsoft sends the message that they understand the value of their products partly relies on community-supplied documentation and support. And this MVP recognition communicates that Joris, Brandon and the other awarded professionals are helping partners and customers use these products successfully.
Congratulations to all of the MVPs! Thank you for all the knowledge and passion to share with the entire Dynamics community!
Make sure to visit Joris's Blog, Dynamics Ax Musings, and Brandon's Dynamics AX Blog to take advantage of what these MVP's are sharing with the community.