Every year that I’ve been renewed as an MVP, I’ve been pleasantly surprised. For years – long before I became an MVP – I always wanted to be a journalist for the community. Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed: everything else is public relations. That means I end up posting things that Microsoft wasn’t happy about, and you’d better believe I got feedback about it. And Microsoft kept awarding me the MVP anyway. For years, that’s been awesome. I’ve always been appreciative of that MVP designation, and I wouldn’t have voluntarily given it up. It’s opened…Read
Every year, Microsoft MVPs have to fill out some paperwork describing what they did on their summer vacation. Each time I do this, the numbers boggle my mind, so I’m sharing some of the fun ones with you data junkies. (These numbers aren’t necessarily the ones I use on my community contribution forms because they reflect things the whole company is doing, not just me.) YouTube Channel Stats We record our weekly webcasts and post them up on our YouTube channel. You people continue to watch them in crazy numbers: YouTube Channel Stats That’s 49,452 hours of video watching time…Read
The process of becoming a Microsoft MVP is shrouded in mysteries and non-disclosure agreements. Even after you become an MVP, it’s not clear how Microsoft picks who gets the MVP award. Let’s start with the obvious: the Microsoft MVP nomination form. Anyone can nominate themselves (or others) on that site. The first key is the opening paragraph on the page: “To become an MVP, it takes truly exceptional, voluntary contributions to Microsoft-related social and technical communities, coupled with outstanding community leadership and a willingness to freely share deep technical knowledge with others.” Let’s break that paragraph down and analyze it.…Read
This morning, Ted Kreuger wrote a post called Microsoft Isn’t the Devil. He writes: “What does kill me is the people that insist on the public bashing of a product, like SQL Server. I’m not referring to the daily Oracle DBA that has to install SQL Server. I’m referring to the people that have based their career, income, and livelihood to supplying services to customers based on the product. Truly speaking, I’d like to see those people move on. Work on something you think is perfect in your own little world. My only hope is that really does happen and…Read
My Microsoft MVP status is up for renewal again, so it’s time for a little navel-gazing at the community work I’ve done over the last twelve months. Here’s the data I found most surprising this time around. YouTube Channel Stats This one just completely boggles my mind – you have watched OVER 23,000 HOURS of our videos this year, and that’s just since September 1st: YouTube Channel Stats 3 people are watching a Brent Ozar Unlimited video, around the clock! We must find these three people and show them a different web site or something. Maybe Taylor Smith’s goat duets.…Read
Every year, Microsoft invites thousands of IT professionals to its hometown turf, puts us up in nice hotels, and puts up with us, period. They conduct sessions led by Microsoft staff who let us in on upcoming stuff, and we complain about all the ways it won’t work. We throw things, we drink a lot, and somehow Microsoft grits its teeth and keeps bringing us back. Tim, Jeremiah, and Kendra at the MVP Summit Event at Safeco There’s really only four benefits to being an MVP: Free software A cool badge on your bio slide The MVP email distribution list…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in California with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.