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Chris Pietschmann Awarded 2018 Microsoft MVP - Azure 5

Chris Pietschmann Awarded 2018 Microsoft MVP – Azure

Chris Pietschmann Awarded 2018 Microsoft MVP - Azure 6Hi! My name is Chris Pietschmann, and I’m the primary person behind and the Build Azure Weekly newsletter. I started back in June 2015 after I passed the Azure MCSD certification as an effort for me to be able to focus my Azure blogging efforts into a more targeted fashion. Over time, as a result of my many community contributions, including the success of sharing information on, I was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in 2017 in the expertise category of Microsoft Azure.

Most recently, on July 1, 2018, I was re-awarded the Microsoft MVP award for 2018 in the category of Microsoft Azure. While this is my 2nd Microsoft MVP award for Microsoft Azure, it’s actually my 7th time winning the Microsoft MVP award!

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How to become a Microsoft MVP 7

How to become a Microsoft MVP

How to become a Microsoft MVP 8Whether you’ve heard of the Microsoft MVP Award and are wondering how to earn it yourself, or just curious as to what others have done to earn this recognition form Microsoft, here’s a brief explanation into the What and How of the Microsoft MVP Award.

The Microsoft MVP Award is an award Microsoft gives out to a select group of community leaders who make an impact everyday in the overall Microsoft technology community. Microsoft MVPs do a lot of work in their own time, with nothing expected in return other than the self-gratification that they’re helping others do great things. The MVP Award is a way for Microsoft to say “Thanks!” to these industry experts in the Microsoft technology space.

Before we discuss how to earn the award, and become a Microsoft MVP, let’s cover a few things like “What is the MVP Award?” and “Who are MVPs?” Read More

Microsoft Redefines Leadership in Top 100 Global Technology Leader list by Thomson Reuters 9

Microsoft Redefines Leadership in Top 100 Global Technology Leader list by Thomson Reuters

Microsoft Redefines Leadership in Top 100 Global Technology Leader list by Thomson Reuters 10Thomson Reuters has released their first Top 100 Global Technology Leaders list to define new criteria for determining leadership in the 21st century. They’ve already been tracking tons of metrics on companies all around the world for their clients, and have decided to combine it all to create this new list. Thomson Reuters feels they’ve created a first-of-its-kind ranking methodology for the technology sector.

Spoiler: Microsoft ranked #1! Read More

2017 Global Azure Bootcamp was a HUGE Success 11

2017 Global Azure Bootcamp was a HUGE Success

2017 Global Azure Bootcamp was a HUGE Success 12This past Saturday, Earth Day, April 22, 2017, was the day of the 5th annual Global Azure Bootcamp. There were over 250 event locations around the world! This was the biggest year so far by a large margin. It was amazing to see all the photos and comments shared Twitter and other social media. Here’s a short video about the Global Azure Bootcamp:

Also, here are some links about the Global Azure Bootcamp as well:

Here’s some social media buzz from the #GlobalAzure hashtag!

2017 Global Azure Bootcamp was a HUGE Success 13   2017 Global Azure Bootcamp was a HUGE Success 14

Congratulations to all organizers, attendees, and sponsors for such an amazing day! It’s also amazing to see people like Andres Nava who’ve given their first presentation EVER at #GlobalAzure 2017!

I can’t wait until next year!

Chris Pietschmann Awarded 2017 Microsoft MVP - Azure 15

Chris Pietschmann Awarded 2017 Microsoft MVP – Azure

mvp_logo_horizontal_preferred_cyan300_rgb_300ppiMy name is Chris Pietschmann, and I’m the curator and the one who writes all the content on On January 1, 2017 I received notification that I was awarded the Microsoft MVP award for the Microsoft Azure expertise category. There are a number of things I do to contribute to the community, and it’s really awesome to have that recognized directly by Microsoft.

This isn’t my first time to be awarded Microsoft MVP. I was a Bing Maps MVP for 5 years back from 2008 through 2012. So, this actually makes my 6th Microsoft MVP award to date. It’s a really great community to be a part of, and it’s awesome to be back in again.

ms_mvp_email_notification_2017The above image is a screenshot of the email notification that I received. In case the image doesn’t load, or you can’t read it for some reason, here’s what it says:

Dear Christopher,

Congratulations! We are extrememly pleased to present you with the 2017 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who share their remarkable passion, real-world knowledge, and technical expertise with others through demonstration of exemplary commitment. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in the Microsoft Azure technical communities during the past year.

I really enjoy the work that I do. That’s why I don’t only work a full time job, but I also spend lots of personal time contributing to the community. This is something that ALL Microsoft MVPs do. We do it because we enjoy what we do, and we also really enjoy sharing and helping others too!

My Day Job at Opsgility

My day job is working as a Trainer and Senior Cloud Solution Architect for Opsgility. Among my many job responsibilities are developing and recording Azure training content that is available in the Opsgility On-Demand Training Service. Another part of my day job is to travel around and deliver instructor-led training to help teach teams and organizations about the Microsoft Azure cloud.

Here’s a short list of some of the online, on-demand training courses I’ve recorded recently. You could sign up for a Free Trial and take them today!

Also, among the many Instructor-led courses offered by Opsgility, I’ve built out the 3 day Designing and Implementing IoT Solutions class. This class covers how to build Internet of Things solutions and covers such topics as: Azure IoT Suite, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Windows 10 IoT Core. There’s also an option in the Hands-on labs for the class to build out a real IoT solution using a Raspberry Pi 3, sensors, and Azure IoT Suite. This class teaches what you need to know about Azure IoT Suite to built IoT solutions in the cloud, and covers the hardware side of things too!

Community Contributions

Now, on to my “side projects”. I do many things to contribute to the community outside of my job working at Opsgility. One of them is maintaining the blog. Here I post on average 3 times per week; which includes the weekly post “Build Azure Weekly” that summarizes and links to the latest Azure news and other articles around the web.

Here are some of the additional activities I’ve done to contribute to the community as well:

Work Life Balance

Also, I’m not all work and no play. I manage my time between all the above and family life. I am married and have 2 amazing little kids. Work, Hobby, Life balance isn’t easy, but you make time for the things to care about and give you pleasure.

Something I think about daily is something my Grandmother told me:

You don’t have the time, if you don’t make the time.

So, I make time for all the things I enjoy and are important to me. In addition to my family, I spend lots of time either staying up late or getting up early so I can contribute to the community and share my knowledge and skills with others.

I spent most of my early career, and even earlier than that, learning from all the online contributions and books from other Microsoft MVPs. I owe the community for so much that I’ve learned, and I pay it forward by contributing back as I can. I really enjoy helping others, as so many have helped me over the years.

Microsoft MVP

Here’s a short description from Microsoft on what a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) is:

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. MVPs are driven by their passion, community spirit and their quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others – that’s what sets them apart.

Here’s a few words that describe what the Microsoft MVP award means to me:

  • Humbling
  • Inspiring
  • Helpful
  • Knowledgeable

If you’re curious to learn more about the Microsoft MVP award, you can read more here:

Congratulations to all the other newly awarded, or renewed Microsoft MVP’s all over the world!

Join the conversation with Build Azure Slack group 16

Join the conversation with Build Azure Slack group

Blog articles are great for sharing information, as well as getting some feedback through comments. However, it’s still somewhat limited when it comes to the opportunity for communication. What if you have a question unrelated to the post topic? How do you talk with other readers of the same blog? How do you solve the limited networking capabilities between subscribers? Well, I’ve been putting some thought into this and have put together a solutions! Read More