In July 2017 the new annual award cycle regime was put into effect for Microsoft MVP’s around the world. Earlier this year, to simplify the process and introduce new talent in the program more quickly, Microsoft switched to a monthly cycle for recognizing MVP’s, and changed the award review from a quarterly to an annual cycle. This meant MVP’s from April and July were going to be the first ones the be reviewed for June 2017; the January and October awardees got their review shifted to July 2018. That might look like dispensation, but it isn’t as their contributions will be evaluated over a longer period of time.
Looking at the publicly available statistics on MVP’s around the world could provide some insight in what the program – and thus Microsoft – has set their sights on. So with the introduction of the new cycle, I did a quick comparison of this and last month’s numbers. But first a small disclaimer: below numbers are taken from a public source, the Microsoft Valuable Professional portal. Also, there are a small number of anonymous MVP’s, which always puzzles me as being an MVP usually means that this person is visible online. And finally, note that MVP’s can be awarded in more than one category, which is the reason some numbers won’t add up.
To start with the total number of MVP’s, that went down from 4017 in June to 3410 (-15%). It also saw a new category being added to the program: Artificial Intelligence, or AI. The table below contains the number of awards per category, and the change from June to July:
|Cloud and Datacenter Management||455||392||-14%|
|Office Servers and Services||532||449||-16%|
|Visual Studio and Development Technologies||1100||901||-18%|
|Windows and Devices for IT||201||148||-26%|
Overall, the numbers are down except for the new AI category and the number of Outlook and PowerPoint MVP’s.
Regarding the Office Servers and Services MVP’s, the number of awards per country is depicted in the following heath map and table. Note that anonymous MVP’s are not taken into account:
|Argentina||2 (0%)||Hungary||4 (0%)||Russia||8 (-12%)|
|Australia||21 (-25%)||India||12 (-8%)||Serbia||1 (0%)|
|Austria||1 (0%)||Ireland||1 (-50%)||Singapore||4 (0%)|
|Belarus||1 (0%)||Israel||1 (-50%)||Slovakia||1 (0%)|
|Belgium||7 (-13%)||Italy||10 (-10%)||Slovenia||2 (0%)|
|Bosnia-Herzegovina||3 (0%)||Japan||18 (-10%)||South Africa||4 (-20%)|
|Brazil||4 (-50%)||Korea||9 (-25%)||Spain||6 (-15%)|
|Brunei Darussalam||1 (0%)||Kuwait||1 (0%)||Sri Lanka||6 (-15%)|
|Bulgaria||2 (0%)||Latvia||1 (0%)||Sweden||8 (-20%)|
|Canada||38 (-18%)||Macedonia F.Y.R.O||1 (-50%)||Switzerland||5 (-29%)|
|Chile||1 (-50%)||Malaysia||2 (-34%)||Taiwan||0 (-100%)|
|China||15 (-25%)||Mexico||3 (-25%)||Thailand||1 (0%)|
|Colombia||2 (-34%)||Myanmar||0 (-100%)||The Netherlands||13 (0%)|
|Croatia||5 (0%)||Nepal||1 (0%)||Turkey||4 (0%)|
|Czech Republic||2 (0%)||New Zealand||5 (-17%)||Ukraine||2 (0%)|
|Denmark||4 (0%)||Norway||5 (0%)||United Arab Emirates||3 (-40%)|
|Egypt||2 (0%)||Pakistan||1 (-50%)||United Kingdom||21 (-20%)|
|Finland||2 (0%)||Palestine||1 (0%)||United States||103 (-11%)|
|France||16 (-16%)||Peru||2 (0%)||Uruguay||1 (0%)|
|Germany||17 (-6%)||Poland||3 (0%)||Vietnam||2 (-34%)|
|Greece||1 (0%)||Portugal||4 (-20%)||Total||429 (-16%)|
|Guatemala||0 (-100%)||Romania||2 (0%)|
Looking at the names that were not on the MVP portal per July, one may notice there are quite a number of long-standing MVP’s that were not re-awarded. Apart from being a big loss for the community, it is also an indication Microsoft is further looking ahead to the Cloud First, Mobile First, On First™ world, indiscriminately coming clean with the MVP population in the process.
For those that were not re-awarded, thank you for all your past contribution, some for being an inspiration long before I became one, your honest feedback to the program and other MVP’s. Don’t forget: Once an MVP, always an MVP!