Excel MVP award
- Jan. 10, 2014
In the upper right corner of the pages you can see the nice blue logo of the Microsoft MVP title. MVP is shorthand for Most Valuable Professional. October 1, 2011 Wim received this prestigious title for the first time. All MVP awards only last for 1 year, they have to be re-established the year after. The following years, 2012, 2013 and 2014, the title was re-awarded to Wim.
Visit my MVP profile here.
What is a Microsoft MVP in fact? To summarize, it all boils down to being an expert in his/her field (in my case Excel), who unselfishly provides help in the technical communities, airs blogs and websites, authors books and articles, helps people offline too, etc. Let me explain this more in detail using a concise description that I found with fellow MVP Ken Puls:
"The Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Program recognizes and thanks outstanding members of technical communities for their community participation and willingness to help others. The program celebrates the most active community members from around the world who provide invaluable online and offline expertise that enriches the community experience and makes a difference in technical communities featuring Microsoft products."
"MVPs are credible, technology experts from around the world who inspire others to learn and grow through active technical community participation. While MVPs come from many backgrounds and a wide range of technical communities, they share a passion for technology and a demonstrated willingness to help others. MVPs do this through the books and articles they author; the Web sites they manage; the blogs they maintain; the user groups they participate in; the chats they host or contribute to; the events and training sessions where they present, as well as through the questions they answer in technical newsgroups or message boards."
"Microsoft MVPs are simply an amazing group of individuals. We are excited to recognize and award MVPs as our way of saying "thank you" for their demonstrated commitment to helping others in technical communities around the globe."
Some figures say it all. Worldwide there are less than 100 Excel MVP’s. In België I am the only one for Excel (granted, Belgium is not that big). All Microsoft technologies included, there are about 3,500 MVP’s worldwide. Each MVP title is valid for a maximum period of 1 year and hence it must be earned again through active participations in the aforementioned areas. You are in good hands on this website!