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And then there were three... (SQL MVPs @ Conchango)







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. 

Cheers, James

Published Tuesday, October 07, 2008 2:14 PM by James.Rowland-Jones

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Tony Rogerson said:

You've toned it down somewhat from what you where wearing on stage at the SQLBits evening Rock Band bash in the Auditorium. Reminds me - that footage should be out soon.

Congrats James, and thanks for your continued help with the user group!


October 7, 2008 2:21 PM

Martin Bell said:

Well done James, couldn't have been given to a nicer guy!

Good job it wasn't dress down Friday!!


October 7, 2008 3:00 PM

Michelle.Flynn said:

Congratulations!!  Well deserved.

October 7, 2008 3:53 PM

r5d4 said:

Congratulations James,

Great to see your hard work rewarded.


October 7, 2008 4:21 PM

VJ said:

Hi James, You deserve the award! Your hard work is really amazing and is an inspiration to others in the team.

October 7, 2008 6:40 PM

Dave Owczarek said:

What, no dress? A big high-five from over here in the States!

October 7, 2008 6:58 PM

Mark.Mann said:

Superb news! Congratulations!

I'm sure that presenting at SQLBits with lego bricks was the final straw!


October 8, 2008 8:28 PM

Sinead McDonald said:

My eyes!, they are hurting!!

To think my green boots even caused a comment... you will never live this down...

Anyone wanting real pictures of JRJ in a Nurse's PVC outfit, do let me know and I'll send some to you.  

Oh and congratulations JRJ! :-)

October 11, 2008 1:59 PM

Hue Holleran said:

Congrats JRJ - about time I say. Can't think of a more worthy MVP - well done, m8, well deserved.

October 16, 2008 10:06 AM

Sukh Gidda said:

Well done Jaaaammesssss, lidberg would be proud :o).

November 11, 2008 1:13 PM

Rory Street's Blog said:

One thing I can say about my 10 years working at EMC Consulting (previously Conchango), its never been

September 18, 2009 4:07 PM

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About James.Rowland-Jones

James is an Advisory Practice Consultant with EMC Consulting. He works primarily with SQL Server technologies in architecture, development and administration capacities. He also co-ordinates our Internal SQL Server Community.

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