I am very late in coming 'out' on this one but on 1st October was a very special date for me as I was recognised by Microsoft with an MVP Award! I am very privileged to have received this and am naturally thrilled.
My colleagues on my current project were also delighted and have chosen to celebrate my award by presenting me with a little photo which I am less thrilled about but thought I'd share with you anyway.
All I can say is beware of developers with i-Phones and Platform Architects with Photoshop installed...
More seriously this is a really big deal for me and to be recognised in this way is a great honour. To be seen in the same vein as my colleagues and peers (Jamie and David) who also make fantastic contributions to the global SQL community is also rather special.
Finally big thanks go to Simon and Tony for all their efforts in establishing the community spirit for SQL Server in the UK. Without them there'd be no user group or SQLBits. These institutions I believe are not only providing the framework for people like me to contribute, and in turn receive my MVP, but are also helping to shape and define how communities work and grow going forward.