MVP’s around the World

imageIn 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:

Competence June-2017 July-2017 Change
Access 41 37 -10%
AI 0 1 100%
Business Solutions 236 193 -18%
Cloud and Datacenter Management 455 392 -14%
Data Platform 445 399 -10%
Enterprise Mobility 170 148 -13%
Excel 116 94 -19%
Microsoft Azure 342 311 -9%
Office Development 39 38 -3%
Office Servers and Services 532 449 -16%
OneNote 16 15 -6%
Outlook 14 14 0%
PowerPoint 36 36 0%
Visio 15 14 -7%
Visual Studio and Development Technologies 1100 901 -18%
Windows and Devices for IT 201 148 -26%
Windows Development 351 277 -21%
Word 25 23 -8%
Total 4134 3490 -16%

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:

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Country Number Country Count Country Count
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!

Office Servers and Services MVPs

It’s been a while since I made an overview of the number of Exchange MVPs around the world. With the recent reorganization of the MVP program, lots of product-related MVP awards were merged in container titles. For example, the former Exchange or Lync Server MVPs are now part of the Office Servers and Services MVP, making it nearly impossible to differentiate per expertise unless classifying individual MVPs.

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The graphic displays distribution of Office Servers and Services MVPs over the world, per October 2016. The information is collected from the public MVP site, and while some MVPs remain anonymous (curious, as awardees are in principle active community members), it’s clear some regions are still under-represented.

Below are the numbers used to create the above map.

(Unknown) 45 Hungary 3 Russia 8
Argentina 3 India 13 Serbia 1
Australia 24 Indonesia 2 Singapore 4
Austria 1 Ireland 2 Slovakia 1
Belgium 7 Israel 2 Slovenia 2
Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 Italy 9 South Africa 4
Brazil 10 Japan 20 Spain 7
Bulgaria 2 Korea 11 Sri Lanka 5
Canada 49 Kuwait 1 Sweden 10
Chile 2 Latvia 1 Switzerland 9
China 21 Macedonia 2 Taiwan 2
Colombia 3 Malaysia 3 Netherlands 14
Costa Rica 1 Mexico 4 Tunisia 1
Croatia 4 New Zealand 6 Turkey 4
Czech Republic 2 Norway 5 Ukraine 1
Denmark 4 Pakistan 2 United Arab Emirates 5
Egypt 2 Palestine 1 United Kingdom 24
Finland 2 Peru 1 United States 106
France 19 Philippines 2 Uruguay 1
Germany 18 Poland 2 Vietnam 4
Greece 1 Portugal 5
Guatemala 1 Romania 2  TOTAL  538

2015 Microsoft MVP Award

I am proud and happy to announce I got re-awarded the Microsoft MVP Award for Exchange Server for the third year in a row:

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MVP awards are given to individuals by Microsoft in recognition of their contributions to the technical community, such as this writing on blogs or books, presenting, forum contributions or The UC Architects podcast.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my readers, followers, fellow MVPs and of course the Microsoft employees that have encouraged, helped and supported me over years.

My MVP profile can be found here.

Exchange MVPs around the World – Oct, 2014

In april, I did a heat map of all the Exchange MVPs in the world. After several months, it’s time to update this map to reflect the latest changes in the Exchange MVP population.

Exchange MVPs October 2014Here is the list of countries with changes in number of Exchange MVPs compared to April: Argentina (0->1), Bermuda (1->0), Canada (6->5), China (12->13), France (3->5), Lithuania (0->1), Mexico (0->2), Russia (5->6), Singapore (1->0), Sweden (3->4), Taiwan (1->0), Thailand (1->0) and Turkey (1->2).

If there are any inaccuracies, please report them in the comments below.

Exchange MVPs around the World (Updated)

Excel-2013[1]After checking the heat map of current Lync MVPs by Fabrizio Voipe, I was curious about the current geographical distribution of the Exchange MVPs. MVP awards are given to individuals by Microsoft in recognition of their contributions to the technical community.

There are little public statistics available, so I had to resort to information from the MVP site. Note that MVPs may decide not to be visible here, but looking at why people get an MVP award, I figured going in hiding isn’t one of their characteristics, thus expecting the number of non-listed MVPs to be negligible.

A little playing around with Excel and Power Map gave me the following geographical map. Not surprisingly, the major suppliers of Exchange MVPs are the United States and China.

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For reference, I have included the mapped numbers in the table below. Please let me know if you want to share corrections or have any updates.

Country

Number

Country

Number

Country

Number

Australia

3

Indonesia

1

South Africa

1

Belgium

1

Ireland

1

Sri Lanka

1

Bermuda

1

Israel

1

Sweden

3

Brazil

2

Italy

2

Switzerland

1

Canada

6

Japan

1

Taiwan

2

Chile

1

Korea

3

Thailand

1

China

12

Macedonia

1

Netherlands

2

Czech Republic

1

Poland

2

Turkey

1

Denmark

1

Portugal

1

United Arab Emirates

2

France

3

Qatar

1

United Kingdom

5

Germany

5

Russia

1

United States

18

Greece

1

Singapore

1

Vietnam

1

India

2

 Slovenia

1

 

TOTAL

97

Update (26apr): Corrected 1 entry (UK -> Ireland)