It’s humbling, yet again, to be awarded by Microsoft Corporation as Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for SQL Server. This is my 8th consecutive year, longest tenure for a SQL MVP in India and probably Asia too.

You can ready about my MVP journey here.

My MVP journey continues for another year. SQLServerGeeeks.com, probably, has been the biggest contributor to my award and probably my most significant achievement as an MVP to setup this platform for the SQL community. I want to thank the entire team of SQLServerGeeks including Manohar, Sarabpreet, Ahmad, Prince, Kanchan, all our authors, all our mentors and event coordinators, readers, audience and the entire SQL community at large.

My family has been an excellent support since I always needed that extra time for the community which I could have otherwise spent with family :)

Special thanks to Microsoft & our MVP lead Biplab Paul. They continue to support me so well in my community initiatives.

We have about 100 MVPs in India, and about 4000 globally – a very niche crowd! I try to attend MVP Global Summit every year in Seattle. I remember during one of the summits, I got to ask a question to Steve Ballmer, you can watch that here. This time, I am attending the summit again in Seattle in November first week. And I am excited that I might get a chance to ask a question to Satya Nadella – he would be present at the MVP welcome reception. I am working on my question :)

As an MVP, I have done countless events, delivered sessions at global conferences like TechEDs, SQLBits, TechReady and very happy to be speaking at PASS Summit 2014 in Seattle in Nov 1st week, written numerous blog posts, loads of webcasts, videos, etc – yet I feel, I want to do something different. What different, I don’t know. But what I know is, I like to get on to a road which is less travelled :) and that’s why I also pursued SQL MCM certification last year after Microsoft announced that they are going to discontinue it. Yes, my SQL MCM story is funny but an interesting one! You can read it here. But end of the day, it feels nice, to be the only SQL MCM & MVP combination in India – very humbling!

Last few months I have been very busy with our SQL projects, consulting engagements, content development, trainings, etc, which has kept me neck-busy. I, along with my team, also launched a new brand SQLMaestros.com – our exclusive brand for SQL Server services. I didn’t get enough time to do too many community events and probably all SQLServerGeeks core team members were busy, too, with their projects. But we as a team are now blogging very aggressively. My SQLServerGeeks blog posts are here and my SQLMaestros blog posts are here. But yes, something different still needs to be done and that’s on my mind all the time :)

So let’s see what’s there in store for me. And what different can I do? What does SQL community want? Which road do I want to travel now? Will this be the toughest one? I need to get some answers! :)

Meanwhile, congratulations to all the MVPs worldwide! And here is my award certificate, the first time, in 2007.

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award

 

 

Amit Bansal
SQL MCM, SQL MVP
Director – eDominer Systems, Peopleware India, SQLMaestros

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