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James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

I’m a Microsoft SQL Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP)!

I have been honored to be chosen a Microsoft SQL Server Most Valuable Professional (MVP).  Here is a video on my reaction: I’m a Microsoft MVP and I feel great!

The Microsoft MVP Award is an annual award that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders around the world who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft.

To be considered for the Microsoft MVP Award, nominees are reviewed by a panel of MVP team members and Microsoft product groups, who evaluate each nominee’s technical expertise and voluntary community contributions for the past 12 months.  The panel considers the quality, quantity and impact of each nominee’s work before selecting the year’s winners.  Nominees from around the world compete to win the Microsoft MVP Award.

There are only 315 SQL Sever MVP’s worldwide, about 100 that are in the United States.

Besides SQL Server, there are dozens of other areas that Microsoft awards MVP’s to (about 75 Microsoft technologies).  There are about 4,000 MVP’s for all areas.  The awards happen quarterly (January 1st, April 1st, July 1st, October 1st).

It took a lot of hard work over the past few years to achieve this goal of mine, and you can too by following my blogs Blueprint for consulting riches, How to become an expert in your field, and ABL: Always Be Learning.

Special thanks to Mark Tabladillo for nominating me, and Brent Ozar for helping me kick-start my blog career.

More info:

New and Renewed MVPs Announced!

Microsoft Certifications and MVP’s – What are they?


What you need to know about the Microsoft MVP Award

What the MVP Award is not…

Microsoft SQL MVP Award – I’ll Take A Fifth

Steps to become a Microsoft SQL Server MVP

Goals, obsessions, and aspirations: becoming an MVP

How to Become an MVP or MCC

MarkTab Awarded MVP

How to become a Microsoft MVP – Most Valuable Professional?

How to Become a Microsoft MVP


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