The Meaning of the Microsoft MVP Award

I have been working with Microsoft SQL Server for close to ten years now if you include my college days (yes, my college used SQL Server 7.0 for learning RDBMS purposes). I have literally built my entire career around Microsoft SQL Server and have used the product for development, administration, and now for building DW/BI solutions. Around the 2002 timeframe I became aware of this mysterious elite group of folks called Microsoft MVPs. I perceived that MVPs were the best of the best and thus by winning the award you would prove you were one of the best. On October 1st, 2008 I was informed of being awarded a SQL Server MVP and within just eight days of winning I believe I have grasped the award’s true meaning.

MVPs are technical community leaders that are highly proficient in their area of expertise and most importantly continuously give back to their respective communities. The Microsoft MVP tagline is ‘Independent Experts. Real World Answers’. To me, it is the giving dimension of the award that is most important. I believe that if someone was good (but not great) yet he or she continuously shared the knowledge they did have with their respective communities they would have a much better chance at winning the award as opposed to someone who is very strong technically yet never helps others in the community. Like most things in life, only once you’ve been there do you truly understand a context’s meaning. Finally, I give thanks to the Microsoft MVP program and my MVP lead for the award.

Derek Comingore

SQL Server MVP

Print | posted on Thursday, October 09, 2008 8:55 PM

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# re: The Meaning of the Microsoft MVP Award

Left by Ward Pond at 10/10/2008 8:05 PM
Gravatar Congratulations, Derek, and thanks for sharing your newly won insight into its true nature!

# re: The Meaning of the Microsoft MVP Award

Left by Jason at 10/10/2008 11:01 PM
Gravatar Congrats!

# re: The Meaning of the Microsoft MVP Award

Left by Ron at 10/16/2008 1:24 AM
Gravatar Congratulatons Derek, couldn't have gone to a better bloke! Greetings from New Zealand.

# re: The Meaning of the Microsoft MVP Award

Left by jeff at 10/16/2008 3:09 PM
Gravatar Congrats, Derek! I also found out on October 1st I received an MVP award as well! Way to go for SQLTeam!

# re: The Meaning of the Microsoft MVP Award

Left by Webster at 10/20/2008 11:03 AM
Gravatar Congrats. I just learned to spell SQL. Just trying to learn the product makes me admire all the MVPs.
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