[EN] Wait! Am I still MVP?

Most Valuable Professional Award is a special award from Microsoft (Community) for Comunity (Microsoft oriented) Members who are active (more or less) in The Community Zone. A definition (explanation) from Microsoft is more detailed:

For more than two decades, Microsoft has recognized exceptional, independent community leaders who share their passion, technical expertise, and real-world knowledge of Microsoft products with others. It is part of Microsoft’s commitment to supporting and enriching technical communities.

I have been awarded as Most Valuable Professional for SQL Server since 1st July 2010. My first award was a very, very surprise for me. I didn’t expect this award, and of course I was very happy and proud to be a member of this fantastic group. I’m a little strange guy, and before July 2011, July 2012, July 2013, July 2014 I never checked my inbox for eventually renomination. Not before but on afternoon of 1st July I had time for checking my inbox, and always I got special message:

Dear Tobiasz Koprowski,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2011/2012/2013/2014 Microsoft® MVP Award!
This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others.
We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SQL Server technical communities during the past year.

 

This year I had no chance to check my email. Why? On Wednesday July 1st, in the morning I attended for two hours brainstorming session by Jim Shields {aka Jim Shout} at Innovation Center {SITE|TWITTER} of DeMontfort University in Leicester (btw I’m proud Innovation Center Member) . Right after session I went to Southampton (from Leicester via London St Pancras via Oxford Circus via London Waterloo) where I delivered WP_20150701_007_stitch(?) two hours session about Windows Azure SQL Database, compability, backup, restore, best practices, tips and tricks for Southampton SQL Server User Group {SITE|EVENTBRITE|TWITTER}. I wrote delivered? It’s not good word… Evangelized will be better, because location if this meeting was most surprised for whole my speaker’s short career (picture on the right…)

 

After session (being dropped off by Steph Middelton at Southampton Central) I just back to Leicester (from Southampton via Clapham Junction via Vauxhall via London St Pancras). Whole my trip was about thirteen hours. Yes, in the meantime I saw one tweet from my friend from Kosovo: Dukagjin Maloku and today one post form CQURE Team. And just few hours ago I had chance to check my inbox, where I found information that I’m still in this band.

I was awarded sixth time in a row for SQL Server Most Valuable Professional. And because I completely not only had no time for checking mail, but also I completely forgot about renomination time (being busy but not being boring) Today I was surprised on the same level as six years ago! And yes it’s the power of community and magic of right distance for my daily, weekly, monthly, yearly activity in The Community Zone.

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Thank You All!

[EN] The 2014 Year Recap. Few words about past and future…

A little different year than previous one. And I expected this, because each year should be different. Many changes in the world happened, some changes in my life happened too. Still Poland is more and more Catholic oriented country and I really don’t like it. Too many priests, too many bishops, too much money from goverment to church and of course only one kind of church. And even I don’t have any propaganda tube machine in my flat, some voices arround me still talking about it. “Power Peoples” still cannot use our public money in right way. And all politicians are liars (does no matter from wich political party). This year was very productive in some part of it. And very, very lazy in other part. It’s very stange experience for me and I definitely should avoid it in next years. I should be more productive and effective. But some goals are fery clear: more speaking, more training, listening, more learning and of course more travelling. And here is my summary based on the last years schema:

imageProfessional Job
After nine years and two months, on last day of August I finished work for corporation. And not only for this corporation, but for corporations in general. I’m changing my vision of my life in few aspects: kind of work, profits, risk and opportunities, typical working day, place for work and especially people which are now my ‘work colleagues’. I should write something about my past job but I still only thinking about it. In general my new work title: Independent Consultant, Speaker and Trainer. Norway was new country where I worked this year, and Iceland is very, very familiar – I could say it’s my second homeland. And it’s ideal weather there for me.

Teaching
I delivered few training courses (from Microsoft Official Courses Library) in Poland. And I’m very proud to deliver my authored SharePoint 2013 for ITPro MasterClass course twice on Iceland last year. And other course in Norway. Both outside Poland courses I deliver with CQURE Academy. And I’m working on new CQURE Academy project (it will be very exciting thing).

Learning
I learn about some new things, skills, features. Not too much, based on very busy time on part of year, and making lazy time on another part. I found this sentences on blog: “Perhaps the most important life skill is the ability to learn.  By learning new skills we increase our understanding of the world around us and equip ourselves with the tools we need to live a more productive and fulfilling life.  Life skills are not always taught directly but often learned indirectly through experience and practice.” And I totally agree. I’m always learning, sometimes hard skills, sometimes soft skills, sometimes I just learn how to be patient enough. And my learning process growing from last year and will grow in current. That’s my plan.

User Groups
Work life has change. Community life has changed too. Since last day of September I’m not longer Polish SQL Server User Group Leader in Wroclaw. I had less and less time for this community in last few months and because quality and regularity of meetung are most important (much, much more important than my leader’s pseudo-ego) I resigned. But I’m sure that this group in Wroclaw will grow faster. New Leader: Roman Czarko-Wasiutycz {LINKEDIN|FACEBOOK} is very active person, with good community skills and power for continuing existence of PLSSUG Branch in Wroclaw. Even I occasionally contect (and attend) for PLSSUG MeetUp (full calendar is here) I definitelly focus for PASS Community and communities in defferent countries: United Kingdon, Ireland, Russia, Ukraine,  Mediterranean and Scandinavian area. And I’m higly involved for Security Division Community with PTI in Wroclaw.

Blogging
About one hundred posts. Is enough? Statistically yes, but for me definitelly not. I should increase not only number of post but especially value of this. I should back for old series such “Sunday Market” or “Express’owe Instalacje” (last one is in Polish). And definitelly create new series. But it’s only one of few my blogs. Two of five are completely zombie place. I should do something with this.

Speaking
It was a year of speaking! Definitelly. I achieved my primary goal (planned from November 2013) which means: speaking in China. I missed MVP Open Summit in Russia (and I don’t feel good with that, but I made a choice). Speaking in China not means speaking in Chinese (even on half of my three-week trip in Middle Kingdom I was able to order something in bar or from street seller), but I had great pleasure to be part of Organizing Committee, Chair of Security Track and Session Speaker at BIT’s 3rd Annual Word Congress of Emerging InfoTech 2014.  Of course Dalian is not everything: I delivered sessions in  Wroclaw, Cracow, Lodz, Katowice, Poznan, Wroclaw, Rzeszow and outside Poland in Sofia, Kiev, Reykjavik, Budapest, Krasnodar, Cluj-Napoca, Southampton, Reading, Bristol, Cardiff, London, Leeds, Birmingham, Newcastle, Ljubljana. In few of those cities more than once.  I delivered few workshops and one full day pre-conf (in Kiev).

Social Media
”Be social, Say More, Here and Learn More, Tech Someone. They are my personal rules. Even ‘be sociable’ is not very popular in Poland (yet) I trying to use my social networks for many purposes from reading and learning through meeting new peoples, ideas, opinions, facts and fictions, to teaching and helping peoples. One of very important hashtag is of course #sqlhelp / read more at old post from Brent Ozar blog. List of my social networks expanded from last year, but core is the same: Twitter, LinkedIn, GoldenLine, Facebook.” I wrote this in last year. This year I could write same sentences with small change – using social media by community in my country is growing. And I like it!

Conferences
public-speakingNo MVP Summit last year. No PASS Summit last year. No TechEd Europe last year. No TechEd North America last year. No SQLDay Poland last year. A lot of missed events. But every speakers and conference attendees know that: it’s not possible to going in every places. But I attended of few very interesting events: Data Platform Day in Moscow, InfoSecurity in London, SQL in the City in London, SQL Saturday in Vienna, InfoTech in Dalian, UtMessan in Reykjavik, SharePoint Saturday in Hinckley.. But more important for me are all events where I delivered my sessions: IT Camp in Cluj-Napoca, CareerCon in Wroclaw, Poznan, Katowice, Krakow, Rzeszow and Wroclaw again; SQL Saturday in Budapest, Krasnodar, Kiev, Sofia, Ljubljana. It’s really hard to listing all other events which I attended: IBM IT Forum, EMC Forum, VMWare Forum, Oracle Forum, Oracle Day, BIN GigaCon, EOIF GigaCon, Do IT with Poland, and more. And two most significant conferences: of course SQLBits XII in Telford, where I (as always) worked as SQLBits Helper, but this time not only for sessions suppport and pre-canf preparation and post-conf preparation, but also supportedone ofmy guru: Allan Hirt {TWITTER|BLOG}.  Second one it was SQLRelay Tour in two weeks in eight cities, with nine sessions, many bottles of different beer, hundreds miles on the road, different hotels, and hostels and missed point on map. Very good learning time for me.

Writing
I didn’t any writing task last year. And it’s very, very bad. I never cound some news publishing or discussion board activity as writing task. I have pland for next year. Serious plan and I hope to be consistent enought to se results. I finished one good writing task – I wrote full documentation for new collaboration platform for my former employer, but… I was only one person with skils to perform this implementation and it’s not my company anymore, so… I cannot count this task, right?

Collaboration
Collaboration is working with others to do a task and to achieve shared goals {right meaning}. in opposite: Collaboration is "a co-operation between elements of the population of a defeated state and the representatives of the victorious power" {meaning in my country}. My meaning is of course the first one and I very often in my course trying to explain this difference for my students. My collaboration is focused for: SQL Server User Groups in Poland, England, Ukraine, Scotland, Germany, Wales, Scandinavia, Russia and other countries. My collaboration is focused for SharePoint User Groups in England, Spanish speaking countries and Scandinavia. My collaboration is focused on worldwide security. My collaboration is focused for mentoring newbies in IT sector ans students. And I’m always open for new challenges. 

IMG_5391Travels
Travels… I’m traveller. And I really, really like not. Not, not only.. I love it! Last year: I travelled in few cities in Poland, but of course foreign trips are most exciting. I was twice on Iceland, once in Norway (first work task in Oslo), uncounted times in United Kingdom, Germany, Romania, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Serbia (first time), Slovenia (first time), Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Netherlands. Something spectacular? Yes three points: three weeks trip in China (中国:西安,北京,大连,威海,青岛,天津,胶州), almost four weeks at last trip (Poland, Norway, England, Iceland, Serbia, Slovenia), and three weeks tour with SQL Rally (Reading, Southampton, Bristol, Cardiff, Newcastle, Leeds, Birmingham, London). Short summary in facts:  37 trips, 158 days, 102,792 km distance, 55 cities, 18 countries. Not bad, but could be better.

Recognizing
Recognition is very important. I’m proud to be honoured as MVP for SQL Server 2014, and still be in Friends of the RedGate PLUS and active member of few community groups. And even I’m Vice-Chair of EMEA Board at Global IT Community Association in March I got new recognition. From March for cadence 2014-2017 I’m Member of the Board of Lower Silesian District at Polish Information Processing Society. Three honoured recognizing presents came for me as a special community voices: first from Boris Hristov {TWITTER|BLOG|LINKEDIN} and his SQL Hangouts Video; second from Mark Pryce-Maher {TWITTER|BLOG|LINKEDIN} and his Sound of SQL Podcast; and third from EMEA MVP Community with Facebook interview. YAY!

Hardware
Almost forgot about my new equipment. With great hel of my frien Dariusz Klos as a prophet of finishing my job in corporation (without agreement to keep my old notebook) I bought new one: very light, HP ENVY 15-j017cl Notebook PC (ENERGY STAR) which actually have: 16 GB RAM, 260 SSD, 750 HDD four USB port and HDMI port, no unecessary dvd bay, and not bad resolution. Of course is full of stickers. And I got my firsf Windows Phone – old but very good Nokia Lumia 620. Still no have iPad, iPod even Surface.

 

New 2015 Year? Excited and little nervours, but it will be more exciting!

[EN] Few words about MVP…

IMG_5148[1]I spend last three weeks in China (few stories about soon in other place…) almost withour internet connectivity. Of course efect was predictable. More messages in my inbox (does not matter in private, comminuty, business.. in all ot those places). But somewhere between mails from friends, clients, companies anc communities I found two very important and very fascinating. Here they are (in date incoming time order).

MAIL NUMBER ONE
SUBJECT: Welcome to the MVP Mentor Discussion List!‏
TEXT: Hi MVP Mentors!
I’d like to welcome you to this brand new MVP Mentor Private Email Distribution List (DL)!  You’ve been invited to this DL because you’ve expressed an interest in participating in the MVP Mentor Program.  The purpose of this DL is to:
1. Announce the mentoring opportunities that are currently available to give you a chance to claim the opportunity rather than wait for us to contact you
2. Communicate with you about what is happening in the MVP Mentor Program and answer any questions you have
3. Provide a place for MVP Mentors to help support each other with tips, best practices, and questions
4. To celebrate your successes! We will keep you up to date on who’s doing what and honor your great work
5. To give you a voice to help us improve!  We are a new program and love getting your great feedback to help us improve
6. Get your ideas so we can all work together to make them happen

Thank you so much for sharing your expertise and heart with students worldwide.  We are committed to providing you the best experience that we can as MVP Mentors.  Please participate in the conversation and let us know if you have any questions at all. If you’d like to be removed, just email me and let me know.

I’m very, very proud to be member of this program in few aspects. Firstly – pure volunteerism – helping other to make something interesting, something good, something for their future. A little work with mentoring some projects, but many satisfaction after final close. Secondly – multicultural and multilingual – our students are from all part of the world, live in different areas, time zones, speak in different languages; then I can learn something new. Thirdly – something new – not only in MVP program but for me too, and I believe that it will be a big success.

 

MAIL NUMBER TWO
SUBJECT:
Congratulations 2014 Microsoft MVP!‏
TEXT: Dear Tobiasz Koprowski,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2014 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in SQL Server technical communities during the past year.
The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say "Thank you for your technical leadership."

WOW! I completely forgot about my renomination cycle. Of course I reported my activity for community and all are public on my MVP Profile here: http://bit.ly/MVP_KoprowskiT. I work very hard for my technical community for last FIVE YEARS! It’s my fifth nomination and soon (as FedEx service tracking system informed me) I will receiving the blue glass disk for my MVP statue. I’m really surprised: TIME FLIES. In last year (counted from 1st April till 31st march) I expanded my community collaboration for Ucraine, Sweden, Romania, Russia and Hungary. But it was in last year. This year started much better. For many countries where I talked and collaborated I can add China. And I’m almost sure that is not the end. I have some plans, and few of them are on my TripIt (so they are a little closer).

In this moment and this place i want to say:

THANK YOU MY COMMUNITY!!!

 

All because of You. You always inspiring me, giving fuel to my activity engine and always surprising. Keep going and I will go with You.