How Can I Become a Microsoft MVP?

Many IT professionals haven’t heard of the Microsoft MVP accolade, but those who have know that it carries a lot of prestige. I have been a Microsoft MVP since the 2003-2004 award year. Unfortunately, I never wrote down a detailed set of advice for perhaps my most frequently asked question … how can I become a Microsoft MVP?

To me, the Most Valuable Professional designation is a recognition of an independent individual’s contribution to the wider community in support of a specific Microsoft technology. Note the emphasis on community, not technology. Tech is certainly a huge part of the award, but it’s much more than that.

Microsoft thoroughly explains the entire program on their MVP overview page. In Microsoft’s words, Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real world problems.

With that preamble in hand, hop over to my blog post on the SentryOne Team Blog for a detailed exploration of tips, tricks, and techniques to become a Microsoft MVP. Good luck!



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