Simon Skotheimsvik awarded as Microsoft MVP

We are proud to be able to congratulate Simon Skotheimsvik as Security Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 2024. His technology area is Microsoft Intune and through blogging and speaking, he helps people understand endpoint management and security in a better way. Catch Simon at upcoming events such as Experts Live Denmark.

At the time of writing, 10 of 11 CloudWay employees are MVPs and we are very proud of creating a work environment for passionate individuals who love to share their knowledge and encourage other to do so.

We asked him three questions on becoming an MVP

1. What has motivated you to put in the effort required to be an MVP?

Throughout my career, I’ve always been passionate about sharing knowledge, whether it’s through writing, visuals, videos, or speaking engagements. Connecting with colleagues, customers, and the wider community through these channels is exhilarating.

My journey started with sharing knowledge in the old-fashioned way: scribbling notes and documentation by pen and paper and discussing ideas with colleagues. Later, I went digital and even made my own CMS system for sharing knowledge internally with my colleagues. Even though the audience was small, the feedback was always encouraging. But when I ventured into blogging, everything changed. Suddenly, my reach expanded, and I engaged with larger communities eager for insights.

Joining CloudWay was a game-changer. Here, I found like-minded spirits who share my enthusiasm for knowledge sharing and staying ahead of the curve. The organization’s support for this culture further fueled my passion. It’s empowered me to focus on specific areas of expertise, fostering my growth and motivation to remain active within the community.

2. What has been the most important for you in this journey?

The most important driver of my career has always been ensuring smooth customer solutions, transitioning seamlessly across Microsoft’s evolving technologies while maximizing the benefits of their licenses. It’s about empowering users to leverage technology to streamline their business processes effectively and securely.

Staying ahead of the curve is key. This means constantly mapping out the ever-changing landscape of technology and figuring out the best way to move along the technical evolution. By actively participating in communities and sharing knowledge, I expand my expertise and connect with like-minded individuals facing similar challenges. This collective effort leads to the creation of better, more secure solutions for everyone involved.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of this journey is engaging with people who share my enthusiasm for technology and are equally driven to solve the challenges along the route. When your work aligns with your passion, it doesn’t feel like work at all! I’ve always thrived in this industry and enjoy sharing what I’ve learned.

3. Any first thoughts on what being an MVP means for you professionally?

Being named an MVP means a lot to me professionally. It’s not just about recognition; it opens doors to new opportunities.

Firstly, being an MVP gives me access to a wealth of resources. Whether it’s licenses, knowledge, communities, networking events, or conferences, these resources are vital for improving my skills and exploring new ideas. They provide a solid foundation for testing and sharing valuable insights with others.

Additionally, being recognized as an MVP by Microsoft validates the value of my work. It’s a clear sign that my efforts are appreciated. This encourages me to keep pushing for excellence. Microsoft’s trust in me to offer further insights into the technologies I’m passionate about is both rewarding and motivating.

Looking ahead, I’m excited to learn more, give back to the community, and inspire others. Being an MVP comes with a renewed dedication to continual learning, helping others, and possibly even influencing the future direction of products.

Who are MVPs?

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the ”bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real world problems. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries/regions and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others – that’s what sets them apart. Read more here

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