Each quarter Microsoft awards passionate technical community leaders with the Microsoft’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award recognizing they are top-tier technology influencers and outstanding community contributors. In Belgium most of them are full time professionals doing IT for a living, with some exceptions that are teachers or just passionate users.
Microsoft began the MVP Awards many years ago as a way to recognize members of the general public who devoted their time and technical expertise to helping users in various online technical forums. Over time, the program evolved, and awards are given to members of technical communities worldwide for their contributions to communities including third-party Web sites, user groups, blogs and wikis. MVP Awards are given directly by Microsoft Corp and not by the local BeLux subsidiary.
Below is the list of all 46 new and existing MVP’s for Belgium cross a wealth of technologies from Dynamics CRM and ERP, over Exchange, SQL and Azure, and consumer security and Xbox. Congratulations to all of you especially the new ones on the list !!! I’ve added the Twitter address for most of them so feel free to start following those in your domain of technology.
|Kris van der Mast||ASP.NET/IIS|
|Didier Stevens||Consumer Security|
|Marc Van Nooten||Consumer Security|
|Mieke Verburgh||Consumer Security|
|Wim Coorevits||Dynamics CRM|
|Eric Wauters||Dynamics NAV|
|Luc Van Dyck||Dynamics NAV|
|Paul Loonen||Forefront Identity Manager|
|Thomas Vuylsteke||Forefront Identity Manager|
|Hans Le Roy||Internet Explorer|
|Kurt Roggen||Management Infrastructure|
|Jan De Messemaeker||Project|
|Joris Poelmans||SharePoint Server|
|Karine Bosch||SharePoint Server|
|Ludovic Lefort||SharePoint Server|
|Sébastien Sougnez||SharePoint Server|
|Serge Luca||SharePoint Server|
|Stéphane Eyskens||SharePoint Server|
|Frederik Vandeputte||SQL Server|
|Isabelle Van Campenhoudt||SQL Server|
|Alexandre Verkinderen||System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management|
|Christopher Keyaert||System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management|
|Mike Resseler||System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management|
|Kenny Buntinx||System Center Configuration Manager|
|Kim Oppalfens||System Center Configuration Manager|
|Didier van Hoye||Virtual Machine|
|Jérôme Lambert||Visual C#|
|Olivier Matis||Visual C#|
|Marc Gregoire||Visual C++|
|Pieter Gheysens||Visual Studio ALM|
|Maarten Balliauw||Windows Azure|
|Panagiotis Kefalidis||Windows Azure|
|Yves Goeleven||Windows Azure|
|Nick Asseloos||Windows Home Server|
|Frederik De Breuck||Xbox|
To become an MVP, candidates are nominated by other community individuals, Microsoft, or in some cases themselves. Candidates are rigorously evaluated for their technical expertise, community leadership, and voluntary community contributions for the previous year.
Are you interested in hearing more about the MVP Award from some of our leadership team? Check out this video created by Visual C# MVP David Giard about what the MVP Award means to the technical community, what it means to Microsoft, and how MVPs are selected. Please visit the nomination page to nominate a community leader to be considered for an MVP Award.