Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) scheme recognises and awards technology experts that truly have their finger on the pulse of Microsoft life. But with so many ways to go about getting your ‘star pupil’ sticker, sometimes it can be difficult to determine where your strengths lie. So which MVP type are you?
If you want to know how to be an MVP, specifically how to be a Microsoft MVP, it’s not enough to be an expert. You need to show everyone else you’re an expert. It’s not about shameless self-promotion: it’s about sharing the knowledge, sharing the love, becoming a pioneer for your area of expertise. Here are some public speaking tips, whether it’s at local groups, meetings, user groups or (deep breath) conferences.
Community, now there’s a word. And it is a key word to anyone who works with open source software (OSS). But did you know that this collaborative development, this opportunity to design, this freedom to innovate and distribute in a community through the open source model has saved consumers around $60 billion per year?
In a recent survey of more than 3000 coding tests that businesses are running, the over-riding languages preferred by businesses as a whole are the un-shakables at the top end: Java, enabled in 100% of those tested, alongside Python, C, C++, Ruby and C#.
We’ve all heard the terrifying statistics around workforce automation: a net loss of five million jobs in 15 major economies by 2020 , 2.6 million robots in work by 2019 , and 47% of jobs at risk of being taken over , including almost half of UK jobs in the next twenty years . We see it happening every day – with ATMs, self-checkout counters and personal assistants. The robots are coming.
Earlier this month, Microsoft Corp. announced the next version of SQL Server, their flagship database product, will be launched for GA on June 1st 2016.
It’s National Doughnut Day in the States today and in homage to our love for the fried, sugary, doughy goodness, we’ve decided to look at some of 2016’s biggest tech doughnuts (doughnut here meaning idiotic, not robot-themed doughnuts – sorry to disappoint). Dig in!
A thought leader might sound like some kind of mindreading dystopian dictator from the novel 1984, but it’s also something you need to become if you want to be an MVP. It’s not enough just to consume content: you need to conceive, create and deliver content that will define the way people think about your technology.