Best wishes for 2016!

Taking a look back at 2015, so many things happened. Thinking about the scientifically advancements, I cannot NOT think of finding water on Mars, the power grid solution proposed by Elon Musk for solar-powered houses, the over-the-air software update which makes Teslas drive themselves on the highway, the Surface Book, the HoloLens and so many others. Wow! It’s a great time to be an Engineer!

Considering some had as New Year’s resolution last year to read a book every week, others one every day, it’s my opinion that the best thing to wish you is enough strength to read all the great books in the world, wisdom and knowledge to share by writing a book every day and passion to keep your interest growing.

Happy New Year!

MVP AnnoucementSuch a great start: MVP!

Also as a pleasant and extremely fulfilling surprise came my MVP award announcement today! So it’s official, starting today I am an Azure MVP.

For those of you not familiar with the acronym, MVP stands for Most Valuable Professional and is an annual award offered by Microsoft, ‘that recognizes exceptional technology community leaders worldwide who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with users and Microsoft‘ (recognition letter signed by Steven Guggenheimer).

There are roughly 4,000 awardees worldwide which makes me extremely honored to be part of such a select group of people. Romania-wise, there are roughly 20 MVPs with varying specialties, such as Visual C++, Virtual Machine, ASP.NET, SQL Server, System Center, Windows Embedded, Windows Consumer and others, all part of the Microsoft ecosystem. Local community-wise, I happen to be the first MVP ever located in Oradea – cool! Along with three other Romanian MVPs, my title contains the biggest word right now at Microsoft, namely “Azure“: Ioan-Alexandru Mang, Most Valuable Professional, Microsoft Azure

MVPs also receive early access to technology through a variety of programs offered by Microsoft, which keeps them on the cutting edge of the software and hardware industry.

There are lots I have to thank for such a great recognition and I especially have to praise my family and friends for their ongoing support and contribution. Additionally, the title couldn’t have happened without all the great audiences I got to all my sessions throughout Romania and Europe altogether, whether at ITCamp, Microsoft Summit, CloudBrew, CodeCamp, DevSum, Coding Serbia and all the cool user groups I got to be invited at over time.

My engagements also got me many opportunities to meet great fellow technical experts, such as Mihai Tataran, Tudor Damian, Adrian Stoian, Radu Vunvulea, Gabriel EneaTiberiu Covaci, Andrei Ignat, Cosmin Tataru, Ionut Balan – to name a few -, all Romanian MVPs themselves, but also so very talented American, Belgian and Swedish experts, such as David Giard, Maarten Balliauw, Mike Martin, Kris van der Mast, Yves Goeleven, Tom Kerkhove, Kristof Rennen, Magnus Mårtensson, Chris Klug and Peter Örneholm – again, to name a few!

So, here’s to another great year of technical content, advancements and community engagements!

Cheers!

itcamp-logo-white[1]For the past 5 years, two great IT community volunteers, namely Tudor Damian and Mihai Tataran, along with a team of engaged volunteers, have put together what is in my opinion the greatest community driven IT conference in Romania, namely ITCamp.

Last year’s edition gathered over 500 attendees, mostly mid- and high-level software developers, all keen to learn from and network with an impressive panel of speakers coming from all over the world, each of them an expert in the IT industry.

Given the public agenda available on http://itcamp.ro, this year’s edition will easily surpasses both content quality and quantity; let me explain:

  • on one hand, this year’s ITCamp will also host a *NEW* track of business-oriented sessions where you could get a lot of insights on how to manage IT risk, what the cloud business models are given the industry cloud-emerging market worldwide, how to become a productive product owner and, one of my very favorites, how to manage intellectual property upon application launch
  • on the other hand, ITCamp 2015 has an impressive list of speakers, such as Paula Januszkiewicz – Enterprise Security MVP, Andy Malone – Enterprise Security MVP, Daniel Petri – Directory Services MVP, Andy Cross – Azure MVP and Microsoft RD, Raffaele Rialdi – Developer Security MVP, Tobiasz Koprowski – SQL Server MVP, David Giard – Microsoft Technical Evangelist, Adam Granicz – F# MVP, to name a few (of course, myself included 🙂 )

To quickly conclude, if you haven’t yet, now is your chance to register for ITCamp 2015 at http://itcamp.ro. The ticket costs around EUR130.00, a bargain considering that this is a once-in-a-year opportunity to get really valuable networking, along with great sessions and wonderful food from the caterer – Grand Hotel Italia.

Microsoft AzureAlong with fellow community leaders and speakers and with the support of Microsoft Romania, I’m putting together the first community organized Azure-centric event in Oradea for 2015!

Come and join us at Azure DevCamp Oradea

Part of a series of seven events taking part across the entire country (Bucharest, Oradea, Timisoara, Targu-Mures, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Brasov), Azure DevCamp Oradea is your chance to learn more about the freshly announced services in Azure:

  • Azure Search
  • Azure as a backend for cross-platoform mobile apps
  • BigData in Azure: HDInsights
  • Azure for the Enteprise

These sessions will be presented by (in alphabetical order) Ciprian Jichici (Microsoft Regional Director), Alex Mang (Azure Advisor), Mihai Tataran (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) and Radu Vunvulea (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional).

Azure DevCamp Oradea will take place on the 20th of February, at Hotel Continental Forum (1 Aleea Standului), will start at exactly 16:00 and is completely FREE of charge. However, registration is required prior to the event and can only be done at http://aka.ms/oradea-20-februarie.

Register today, seats are limited!

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