Today, I’ve received notification that I have been awarded Microsoft MVP for the 2020 – 2021 award year for my community contributions in the Microsoft Azure expertise category. Much of this is due to all that I’ve been doing here on Build5Nines.com thanks to all of you who subscribe to the newsletter and find the content I publish here to be useful. It is both humbling and rewarding that so many people find the content I share to be helpful, and my goal is to help EVERYONE be more productive in the cloud!

Congratulations 2020-2021 Microsoft MVP!
Screenshot: Congratulations 2020-2021 Microsoft MVP!

As recognition of the impact that I am able to make tot he technology community, Microsoft has chosen to award me Microsoft MVP for the 2020 – 2021 award year. The expertise category of my MVP award is “Microsoft Azure”. As you can see through the content I share here on Build5Nines.com, and in other areas both online and offline (blogs, books, forums, user groups, conferences, videos, social media, YouTube, etc.) I do cover a fairly broad set of topics in the Microsoft Azure space. These includes topics of many different skillsets and technologies that I use myself on a daily basis through my consulting work with customers, as well as those I help teach / train others on as a technical trainer.

This is my 9th Microsoft MVP award I’ve received since my first time back in 2008. Last year, I wrote up a brief history of my MVP awards over the years. I was originally a Microsoft Virtual Earth MVP, and 2020 marks my 4th year being a Microsoft Azure MVP.

I do what I do because I enjoy it. This includes sharing, writing, teaching, and spreading knowledge with a goal of helping EVERYONE be more productive in the cloud. This includes all kinds of technologies across Microsoft Azure; encompassing Internet of Things (IoT), Software Development, Architecture, DevOps, System Administration, Windows, Linux, Certification Training, and on, and on.

If you’re curious to learn more about the Microsoft MVP program, or are looking at how you too can earn the Microsoft MVP award, then I recommend you go read my “3 Steps to be Awarded Microsoft MVP” article where I lay out a clearer picture of what you can do to possible earn this award yourself in the future!

I want to thank all of you for your support, interest, and subscriptions as I share what I’ve learned, and learn from you all as well. It has been humbling to be recognized by Microsoft for all that I do in and around the tech and developer communities in my effort to help all. As Microsoft says Azure is the “Cloud for all”, I too work to help ALL be more productive in the cloud so that you can excel in your careers, help your customers in innovative ways, and we can all grow together as a community.

Thank you community! Thank you Microsoft! And, here’s to another year of sharing, learning, and growing together.


Microsoft MVP

Chris is a Microsoft MVP and has 20 years of experience designing and building Cloud & Enterprise systems. He is also a Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect, developer, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), and Cloud Advocate. He has a passion for technology and sharing what he learns with others to help enable them to learn faster and be more productive.