Awarded as an Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP)

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On 1st October 2016 (Yesterday) I received the most delightful email on my personal mail box with a surprising message saying that “Microsoft has recognized me as an Microsoft Most Valuable Professional”.

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I don’t think there could be another spirit for a technical person who is whiling to share his/her knowledge and expertise with others than this wonderful opportunity. Receiving this made me the way to think of doing much more community works.

My thought to others who are dreaming for MVP:

MVP is not a certification of a private degree. its a collaborative decision made by the Microsoft MVP program team together with relevant product teams based on each persons contributions done for the community for past years. It could be blogging, speaking, forums participation, Pod casts, webinars or other good ways of educating others.

Its been many years since I started doing community contributions in Srilanka and Brunei so MVP is not just a goal to be recognized and keep the prize at home, instead a journey keep doing what you have done for the community and even better.

There are many people behind this incredible achievement, My good friend Nirmal Thewarathanthri been mentoring me for past few years. not forgetting the leader who showed me the right path at the right time, Amila Hendahewa, Ojith Nishantha are still my heroes. this will lead me to do much more and learn more from fellow MVPs as well.

Thank You MVP Program team and Microsoft for this invaluable opportunity given !

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Its Official and I will be speaking at Collab365 Global Conference!

It is indeed a great opportunity for me to present in the world’s largest online conference with over 5000 attendees from more than 100 countries.

Collab365 is the largest online conference with hundreds of live sessions streamed nonstop 24 hours. Join the Collab365 team on the 19th – 20th October, for great sessions of SharePoint, Azure and Office365 content by the global experts. Delivered direct to your device, wherever you are in the world, when you want it and for no cost at all.

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Register yourself today at http://collab365.events/collab365-global-conference-2016/

Announcing the new Microsoft and Open Source Partner Community

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It’s known for years now that Microsoft’s affair with Open source. Day by day this bound has been grown and now it’s obviously a blessed marriage. Microsoft’s one of the biggest strength is partner and technical community eco system. Unlike any other parties, Microsoft has done a lot to build the community eco system which connects every individual in the world with products and technologies in various ways.

In the other hand, Open source parties had this flaw where the community and support contribution to the product stack were very low.

Azure grown unbelievably faster unlike any other cloud service in past few years and open source migrations to the Azure has increased massively. Infect 1 in 3 VMs in Azure are Open source. This drastic growth rang the bells to Microsoft for the next button to be pressed. While open source resources are being moved to Azure, it is also a critical point to implement connectivity between open source vendors, partners and technical communities with Microsoft Partners and Technical Communities. This is a long due marriage which could have happened before but finally here we are.

At Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2016, Microsoft announced the launch of Microsoft and Open Source partner community on Microsoft Partner Network, the place for us to connect and collaborate with the vast and diverse ecosystem of partners who develop and distribute open source solutions and services on Microsoft Azure.

This community is open to discuss about diverse range of open technologies runs on Azure. It will allow anyone to stay tuned with updates, Share information on various criteria’s of open technologies and even to simply start a discussion on your own topic which shall be responded by the community.

Eventually, Microsoft has implemented another bridge between open source and Microsoft community across the globe. 

Original Announcement on MPN

Brunei Cloud User Group October 2015 Meetup

Another Milestone marked for Brunei Cloud User Group as we did the October Meetup with office 365 and Azure machine learning. Everyone was interestingly responded to the topic and content as we move ahead with mobile first Cloud First Concept.

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