Wrapping Up MVP Summit 2016

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I’ve spent the last week at Microsoft head quarters in Redmond, WA, staying at the nearby Bellevue, WA, with 1000-2000 other MVPs from around the world. I can’t share specifics – the first rule of Summit is that you don’t talk about Summit – but I can tell you that it’s always an important calendar entry for me. My customers and followers might not realise it, but not long after, it becomes important for them too because eventually I can share some of what I learn when things go public.

I’m sittings in San Francisco International Airport now, waiting for some Irish colleagues to join me for our flight back to Dublin – yeap, I’m drinking $10 beers, thanks to the economic impact of Google and Apple on the region.

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The best bits about the MVP Summit for me are when I learn about futures, allowing me to prep for articles and my customers, and interacting with my peers and the Microsoft program managers. That PM feedback leads to changes – meetings in my past have lead to improvements in Windows Server that I can associate with me, Didier Van Hoye, Carsten Rachfahl, and other names you might be familiar with. This year I branched out (I can’t talk about that either) and I shared what I’ve learned from you (from comments, conversations at events, interacting with my customers, and market observations) – who knows how this will impact the future for us.

What’s in that future?

All I can say is that Microsoft is very different to what it was in 2012. This is a company that loves feedback. This is a company that wants to be relevant in 5-10-15 years. This is a company that believes that on-prem and hybrid deployments are what you want (as well as pure public cloud, obviously) and wants to be give you the best offerings, whether you are using Apple, Windows, Android, Hyper-V, vSphere, WIndows Server, or Linux. And yes, the innovations and improvements continue.

I’m proud to represent my customers and readers when I attend the Summit. I was stunned that I was sought out by PMs for feedback – my … honesty … is refreshing for some of them I think. I know I’m not alone – some great people from all over the world represented you at this NDA event. I saw people stand up for large enterprises and small, IT pros, developers, and devops, on-prem, hybrid, and public cloud. And Microsoft listened.

Soon I’ll be on my last flight home, and I’ll sleep. I had a great time in Bellevue/Redmond, even though I missed my family an awful lot. I can’t wait to get home and give them a hug in the airport. And soon, we might see what results from the Summit Smile

No – I’m not telling Smile

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