Thank you

I’m writing this post on a train heading towards one of my favorite cities in the world, Gothenburg. Here I’ll spend the upcoming few days delivering a course in advanced Windows Troubleshooting (written by Andreas Stenhall). This has been in the pipeline for months and months – but a week ago something changed.

Since I started my career in IT just about 9 years ago I’ve always been passionate about sharing knowledge. To be honest, this is something I’ve been passionate about for many years, and not just when it comes to IT. I’ve been a leader in a bunch of different organizations, I’m a certified golf instructor, dance instructor, MCT, CTT+, I do speaker coaching and so on. So sharing, and being a part of a community, is something that’s natural to me.

The last couple of years, really since I became an MCT in 2015, I’ve put down a lot of time and effort on sharing my IT-related knowledge with the broader community through blogs, Twitter, podcasts and public speaking. I’ve been given the opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest minds in the industry and my employer have supported me in my quest to give back to the community.

Last Monday, all this work was awarded – I received one of the highest honors you can be awarded within the Microsoft part of the IT-industry. Since Monday October 1st, I’m a Microsoft Enterprise Mobility MVP.

My reaction would have been something to videotape – my wife was convinced a relative had died or that I was having a heartattack. I also scared my daughter into tears. For myself, I was just lost for words and ended up in a very sad looking pile on the hallway floor.

When I started to write this blog post, I had a fairly good plan with it, but now, when I yet again think back on the last week I get thrown back into the amazing feeling of happiness, thankfulness and humbleness towards the expectations this award has put on me.

I want to say a HUGE thank you from the depth of my heart to everyone that have said congratulations, liked, reweeted and shared my announcements on LinkedIn and Twitter over the week. The support I feel from my friends, colleagues, Microsoft and the community is more than I ever could have imagined.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that have supported and helped me over the years. Everyone from my colleagues and managers at Sykes Datasvar in Dals-Ed (If you never have spend time at a call center or as first line in a service desk, take that opportunity. Its hard work but you learn so much about yourself and people in general.), and all my customers I’ve worked with over the years. To Atea and my amazing colleagues. I want to point out my wife and daughter as well as my friend, colleague and also (which makes me so happy and honored) fellow MVP Alexander Arvidsson.

I want to say a HUGE thank you to Microsoft and especially the ConfigMgr/Intune team for giving me this opportunity. It’s an amazing honor and I’ll do my utmost to make you feel that this was the right choice and also help you continue to build the best products for the modern workplace.

Lastly, I have so much planned for the remainder of 2018 – and also for 2019, but I want to do even more. I’m more than happy to visit your user group, conference, organization or meetup and share my knowledge. That’s what I enjoy the most – to meet people from all over the world. Both to give knowledge, but also to learn, to better understand and to help empower every person and organization on the planet to achieve more. So, please feel free to reach out in any way you wish and lets build an even stronger, more inclusive and more rewarding Microsoft (and IT) community.

Thank you.

/Simon

As a Solution Architect, Simon inspires customers, partners and colleagues to create the best possible workplace for their users. His main focus is the Windows platform – but todays workplace consists of so much more than that. As an MCT he is passionate about teaching and sharing knowledge. He’s a frequent speaker, blogger and podcaster – as well as a penguin fanatic.

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