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MVPs Sharing their Experiences during the Philippines’ Windows 10 Community Event

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MVPs (from L to R) John Delizo, Jay-R Barrios, Jay Paloma, Yvette Watson and Eufer Pasion share their experiences as MVPs during the Windows 10 Community Event in the Philippines

MVPs (from L to R) John Delizo, Jay-R Barrios, Jay Paloma, Adrian Rodriguez, Yvette Watson and Eufer Pasion share their experiences as MVPs during the Windows 10 Community Event in the Philippines

During the Windows 10 Community Event organized by the Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG) and Microsoft Philippines.

Since the MVP is a recognition which candidates get nominated by another MVP or by Microsoft, one of the questions asked is in the lines of what do you think were you doing that warranted a nomination for MVP? It was noticeable that one word was used by all MVPs in the panel: passion (to the delight of MVP Eufer Pasion). All MVPs are so passionate about Microsoft technology that they would be going through great lengths to share the technology over and above the call of duty, whether work or school. A common trait among MVPs is their sharing of these technologies online (via blogs or videos) or offline (via community events). The Philippine Windows Users Group, and the other Philippines’ Users Groups based on Microsoft technologies were all set up by passionate individuals which eventually were recognized by Microsoft as MVPs themselves.

Another question that was asked was if the MVP program actually made any career advantage. The overwhelming answer was Yes. This is simply because an MVP becomes an MVP not by one’s own efforts, but as a recognition by a separate party: Microsoft. Not only that, usually MVPs have an online presence like a blog, which is a testament to one’s technical expertise in itself.  Plus of course, an active community contributor is placed in a position of demonstrating the technologies in front of a live audience, a skill which would be useful later on as a consultant or an architect.

While all of the MVPs who participated in these events are Filipinos (entirely or partially), not all of them are currently Philippines MVPs. Jay-R Barrios and this author are Singapore MVPs by virtue of their residence since both are employed and live in Singapore. However, both became MVPs in the Philippines and were part of the team that formed PHIWUG. Both of us flew in back home for this event.

The last words for the attendees from the MVPs were to not want to become an MVP. Become passionate with the technology, go out and actively contribute to the technical community. Whether or not one becomes an MVP is Microsoft’s prerogative, but the other benefits of contributing to the community — the network, the reputation, learning directly from technology experts, and the soft skills learned like public speaking — is something that one can acquire when contributing.

Special thanks to all the MVPs who contributed to this discussion:

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June 29, 2015 at 11:31 AM

PHIWUG Presents – Windows 10 Unleashed

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Thank you very much for attending this event PHIWUG Presents – Windows 10 Unleashed. It has been a pleasure for the Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) and the Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG) to provide words of inspiration to our future technology leaders.

From someone who works overseas, conducting events in Filipino and English means I think less and feel more. Which is why this afternoon’s session was special for me.

Thank you also to the leads of PHIWUG, and the Microsoft Philippines folks for your undying support. I look forward to sharing in more Community Events like this in the future.


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June 27, 2015 at 11:13 PM

MVP renewed for 2015 and this year’s major production

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Hello dear subscribers and readers of my techblog! First and foremost, I would like to inform all that I was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for the 9th time. My thanks goes out to Microsoft, and to all of you who read and learn about these great technologies.

As I was looking through tech materials I had produced / written over the past years, the Windows 7 Deployment Video Series still top my list, and more than 5 years after it was published it is still getting monthly views. Part 1 had 153 views last March 2015 (it peaked at 1,949 last March 2011). But as I reflect on this graph, only one thing comes to mind: time to make a new one!

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Video stats of the Windows 7 Deployment Video Series Part 1

So new one it is! Still in the planning stages, but I’m thinking of collaborating on this project. It will still be in video, so those of you who don’t really like reading long, boring blogposts, and prefer visuals and audio (like me). And most probably will include Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager as well!

Do leave a reply to this blog post if you wish to suggest tech topics you want covered, especially in the upcoming Deployment video.

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April 10, 2015 at 11:58 PM

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Impromptu Tech Sharing Session with PHIWUG

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I spent the week of July 9, 2013 in my hometown of Makati City in Manila, Philippines for a barrage of customer and partner events. Just when my weekend was about to begin during the Friday evening, I still have one more technical session to attend: that with the movers/leads of the Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG). This was held at the Palawan Room of the Microsoft Philippines offices in Makati City.

During this impromptu technical sharing, i talked about Citrix AppDNA and how it can help customers accelerate their migration out of Windows XP, given that Microsoft will end its support on April 2014. MVP John Delizo talked about Office 365. Meanwhile two guests, Chester Coronel, former MVP and currently an employee of Microsoft (which explains why he is a former MVP) talked about Windows 8.1.

We also planned for MVP Jay-R Barrios to do a whiteboard session on Windows client deployment. We planned for an online session because although he was in Manila, he cannot make it to Microsoft Philippines offices. Unfortunately the network connection was too slow for a video+audio presentation.

On top of the technical discussions were also organizational ones as well as planned event in the future, as well as the usual chatter.

PHIWUG 20130712 Group Pic

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July 15, 2013 at 3:03 PM

MVP Renewed for 2013

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April 1 once again, and in spite of all the April Fools’ jokes going around, I anxiously wait for one very important message: that my MVP has been renewed! This year I got that same message again! Only this time, I am no longer categorized under Enterprise Security (where my previous projects took me), and into Windows Expert – Consumer (where my current gigs take me). Hope that this year would be fruitful in terms of writings and community events.

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April 1, 2013 at 9:19 AM

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Windows 7 Deployment Essentials – Part 1 of 3

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Three Philippine Windows Users Group (PHIWUG) presidents who are MVP’s cooked up something for PHIWUG – a 3-part Windows 7 Deployment session. I delivered Part 1 while on-vacation in Manila last September 2, 2011. The event almost did not push through because my flight was diverted 80 kms north to Clark Field in Pampanga to refuel. Good thing that the plane flew us back to Manila, and what could have been a 3-hour bus ride is now a 10-min plane ride. Since I was expecting to land in Manila at 12:30PM, and now I’ve landed at 3:30PM and the event is at 6PM, I went straight to Microsoft Philippines from the airport — no time to rest!

In this event, I discussed real-world scenarios on deploying Windows 7. Part 2 and Part 3 don’t have fixed dates yet.

Video: Microsoft Philippines Technet Session on Hyper-V

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This event was recorded on 12 May 2011 at Microsoft Philippines offices in Manila. Language used was predominantly Filipino and English.

In this session, we will take a look at Hyper-V of Windows Server 2008 R2 and how it will benefit your organization. Our speaker will also share with you his real-world experiences on planning for and deploying a virtualization environment, plus common practical scenarios in deploying a Hyper-V infrastructure.

Demonstrations include:

  • Hyper-V Implementation and Management Basics
  • Practical Applications of Virtualizing your infrastructure with Hyper-V
  • Using Microsoft Assessment and Planning Solution Accelerator to Assess your Environment

Jay Paloma, MCSE, MVP Enterprise Security
Consultant, Microsoft Services Singapore

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May 18, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Video: Interview with Microsoft MVP Jay Paloma

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While I was on vacation in the Philippines, I was interviewed by Zandra Nicolas of Microsoft Philippines where I shared my thoughts on becoming an MVP, and on the professional benefits of becoming a contributor to the Philippines technical community. This was recorded on 6th of May 2011, in Microsoft Philippines office.

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May 13, 2011 at 1:42 AM

My reflections on being a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

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Note: This is a repost of a blog post I wrote last 28 March 2008. I reposted this here and made few modifications. While reflecting on this, I realized that my thoughts on the subject haven’t really changed (Jay Paloma, 21 Feb 2011).

On April 1, 2008, just a few days more, my one-year Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) would lapse already. I will be either renewed or dropped from the rolls of MVP. Whatever the outcome, I would leave that to the folks at Microsoft who perform the review. For now, I would just like to share my experience as an MVP, and how it all started.

First up, how does one become an MVP, or to put it in a first person perspective, what did I do to become an MVP? Well, it’s easy for me to answer that question: nothing. I did not take any exam nor I did not do anything special in my job, or in Microsoft, or even in PHIWUG. Maybe that nothing I mentioned was the reason why I was blessed with becoming an MVP in the first place since I just did what I enjoy doing and history would just take care of the rest. I can tell you one thing though: I love Microsoft technology. The first time I laid eyes on Windows NT 4.0 and Exchange Server 5.5, I said to myself that this is the technology I would want to work with! And since my job at Compulab around 1996, the most fulfilling experience for me apart from planning and implementation, is to teach Microsoft technology, whether in a paid class or free during the early TechNet events (back in 1999 it was held in Glorietta 4 theaters 2x/year). Between 1996 to the present, I always found myself in heaven when I conduct events on Microsoft technology (there were a few times I was in hell also, but that’s another story).

With the advent of the Microsoft Philippines Community Forums (http://msforums.ph), and eventually the blogs portion, somehow I found something else that I love doing: write about Microsoft technology. For me, the Microsoft Philippines Community Forums is a great outlet to share one’s knowledge on the technology. There are two ways where I write about the technology: first is to reply to posts made on products that I work with, second by having my own blog space (Security is a State of Mind http://msforums.ph/blogs/jpaloma) (note: currently Jay Paloma’s Technical Blog at https://jpaloma.wordpress.com). Quite frankly, I may not have been an MVP without the Forums since this provided the outlet for me to deliver on the technology aside from conducting a TechNet event. For this I thank Jojo Ayson of Microsoft Philippines for giving me a spot in the Blogs section of MSForums (note: as of Feb 2011, Jojo Ayson is no longer with MSPhil, and is also an MVP himself). I would not have done this successfully using any other blogsite.

With the Microsoft Philippines Community Forums, I also realized that as a technical person being active in a community discussion forum, I also have an awareness on ensuring that the community itself is a thriving one. Since the people in this community more or less have the same experiences and sentiments that I have, it is but logical that some of us put our heads together and find out what other things can be done in this community other than work? Being a musician that I am, I tried to find out if there are other musicians in this community and we formed a band we called Plug n Play. On top of this, we also enjoyed each others’ company in parties (i.e., “Eyeball” events or EB), and even discussed at what else can ensure that this community would thrive. In short, we also became concerned with how to make this community grow and improve.

So to summarize, this is probably what someone can keep in mind in becoming a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional:

  • Love Microsoft technology
  • Conduct events on Microsoft technology in TechNet events (for IT Pros) and MSDN events (for devs)
  • Actively participate in community forums covering the technologies one has a certain level of confidence in
  • Write about experiences on Microsoft technology in a blog
  • Help in the growth and improvement of the community.

My advise to those who want to become an MVP? Don’t! Wanting to become an MVP is a less reason to become an MVP. One is awarded the MVP recognition because of what one is doing for the community without any objective other than wanting to share one’s knowledge with the community. The moment the desire to become MVP becomes an objective, that person missed the entire point.

So before March 31 comes, I would like to say that becoming an MVP is beyond all expectation for me, and the entire experience has been a great one. I would like to thank Microsoft for the honor of selecting me to become one. I would also like to thank this great community for the enjoyable experiences shared! I hope that there would be more deserving MVP’s from the Philippines to come!

For more information about the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program, go to the MVP Website.

Jay Paloma
MVP – Enterprise Security
March 28, 2008

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February 21, 2011 at 12:13 AM