Today I have received the Microsoft MVP award for Dynamics NAV for the tenth time. In case you don’t know it, then MVP means Most Valuable Professional.
Until I was contacted by Microsoft in 2004, because I had been nominated, I had never heard about it. October 2004, about 2 years after Microsoft’s acquisition of NAVISION, was the first time Microsoft gave anyone the MVP Award for Navision. Together with Luc from Mibuso, we were the first to receive it.
Today most of the visitors here on the Dynamics User Group have heard about MVP’s. The MVP award is, despite what most people think, not only given based on a nominees technical expertise. It’s an award given as Microsoft’s way to say thank to the “exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others”. The word “share” is very important. Because there might be experts out there who maybe know even more than the MVP’s. But if they never share their knowledge with the “community”, then they would never receive the MVP award. And sharing can be in many forms. Each year, 2-3 months before the “award period” is about to end, the MVP must report in details who much knowledge they have shared and how. So we need to report number of blog posts, number of blog subscribers, forum posts, YouTube videos, LinkedIn Group members, books published and speeches given etc. in the previous year. Previously “independent” meant that no Microsoft employees would receive the award, but this praxis was changed years year. So now Microsoft employees may also receive it.
I’m often asked by new members of our website how they can become an MVP. If there is any certification they have to take, or what they have to do.
The answer is that it really takes a lot of time and effort becoming an MVP. There’s no “cheat-sheet” as to the certifications! Most often it takes years of continuously posting in the different forums, writing blogs (be sure to get many subscribers and readers) and other community directed activity. And when you start to be come “visible” in the forums, when your blog posts are referred to and used by other bloggers, when your book get published, then you just need someone to nominate you at the MVP site (you can even nominate yourself). Personally I have nominated many current and previous MVP’s over years.
If someone is doing this just to become an MVP, then I would say that you’re wasting your time. The MVP award is most of all just what Microsoft says, a “thank you for all the hours you spend supporting our customers for free”! So if you don’t enjoy helping others, then just forget about it. You don’t get any “cash” or other way of payment with the award. So you can really call it an honoree award.
But personally I’m very happy that I again have received the award. For me it’s a big honor. Even if there was no such thing as the MVP award, I would still be doing the exact same thing. So thank you Microsoft for giving it to me once again.
Also congratulations to Mohana and all the others DUG members who also have received the MVP award today.
Thank you :)
Congrats to all MVPs
Thank You and Congratulations Erik.