2016 – What a Year!

2016 has been an amazing year for me. One of the biggest highlights was Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta. With a group of 5 Avanade people we went to the conference to find out where Microsoft was working on for the last couple of months. I’m still convinced that I gain most knowledge on conferences like Ignite, because people from Microsoft present the latest innovations. Also a lot of features are planned to go Generally Available (GA) during events like this. I want to thank Avanade for this fantastic opportunity. After the conference, I went to Washington DC and New York to visit these cities which was very exciting.

This was also a year where I worked a lot with the Microsoft Azure platform. I passed the 70-533 and 70-534 exams around Q1 and worked on several projects with Azure. This will be an important skill for 2017 because of the strong adoption of Azure. As of 2016 I’ve been promoted to Consultant level within Avanade, which is a big opportunity for me to grow within the firm.

Right now I’m really close to finish the first year of a bachelor’s degree, which I worked on for the last couple of years. Pursuing a bachelor is really important to me on the long-term, because it’s something that currently lacks on my resume. It can be a limiting factor when I want to grow to a management position.

Thank you very much for reading my blog posts in 2016.

Happy New Year!

Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta – Here we come!

I’m so happy to tell you that I’m one of the 5 people from Avanade Netherlands that will attend Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta this year! We are all really excited as this is the first time that we attend a big conference like Ignite. Last year I followed a lot of online presentations from home, and the high quality of the presentations makes this the best Microsoft event of the world. Seeing Jeffrey Snover, Mark Russinovich, Satya Nadella and much more people for the first time is amazing! I’m looking forward to meet all my Twitter ‘tweeps’ as well!

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