Most Valuable Professional (MVP) title for Microsoft Dynamics CRM renewed
01 April 2019 by Pedro Azevedo
I’m delighted and honoured to have my title of Most Valuable Professional (MVP) renewed for the fourth time in a row. I’m often approached by others to explain what this means exactly. So, I’ve wrote this blog to explain a bit more about it…
What does it mean to be an MVP?
MVP’s are professionals who use Microsoft technologies and have a very thorough knowledge of at least one technology or product. In my case, I’m recognised as specialising in Dynamics CRM and I regularly share my knowledge with other users who participate in Microsoft technical communities. This knowledge is considered valuable as it helps others to find solutions and solve real world problems. We’re also considered to have a strong level of influence in these communities.
Out of millions of members that participate in technical and social communities across the world – only about 4,000 are recognised as MVPs across 90 countries. For example, in my hometown of Portugal we have 21 MVPs and there are 159 in the UK.
What benefits does Microsoft offer MVP's?
We have access to some technical resources from Microsoft, such as a Visual Studio and Azure subscriptions.
One of the most useful benefits is the access I gain to the product team. We’re the first to find out what the roadmap will be and the first to gain access to earlier versions for testing. In addition to these online sessions, we’re invited to attend the Global Meeting of MVPs where we are exposed to in-depth technical discussions and feedback sessions. It's also an opportunity to meet with the product teams face-to-face and fellow MVPs.
We’re also invited to other events with regional MVPs, in my case, with MVPs from Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Ireland and Austria. This knowledge sharing is crucial and our willingness to share and help others is essentially what being an MVP is all about.
MVPs but don’t receive any cash value from Microsoft.
How can you become an MVP?
There are no hard and fast rules to becoming an MVP, but Microsoft is aware of the online forums, communities and blogs that we contribute to. Microsoft will recognise you as a potential MVP if you have a passion for what you do, and for Microsoft’s products and services.
Our contributions are then reviewed by the local MVP manager, followed by the MVP product team.
The only caveat is that you cannot be a Microsoft employee at the same time as being an MVP.