Congratulations to new and renewed Microsoft Integration MVPs (Jan 2013)

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) program is an annual program awarded by Microsoft for most influential community members in the world. Getting an MVP status in their chosen technology area is a dream for many of the technical professionals. The MVP award is not just restricted to developers, there is no easy way to achieve it like writing a simple examination. You need to participate in various community activities like answering the forums, writing useful blog posts, speaking at conferences, running user groups, internally helping Microsoft product groups in shaping the product by giving feedbacks, etc. The number of MVP’s in each technology area is very limited. For BizTalk server it used to by around 35-40 people around the world. Microsoft BizTalk MVP status is recently been renamed to Microsoft Integration MVP.

Microsoft awards MVP’s each year in 4 cycles (Jan, Apr, July and Oct), for the January cycle following members are either renewed or awarded new Microsoft Integration MVP status. Our hearty congratulations to them.

Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira (3rd year MVP)

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a BizTalk consultant at DevScope. In the last few years he has been working implementing integration scenarios and Cloud Provisioning at a major telecommunications service provider in Portugal.

His main focus is on Integration Technologies where he has been using .NET, BizTalk and SOAP/XML/XSLT since 2002.

He is an active member and moderator on the MSDN BizTalk Server Forums, Code Gallery contributor and was awarded Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for BizTalk Server by Microsoft in 2011. He is member of the BizTalk Brazil community: http://www.biztalkbrasil.com.br/ and member of BizTalk Administrators community: http://www.biztalkadminsblogging.com.

Blog: http://sandroaspbiztalkblog.wordpress.com/

Kent Weare

Kent Weare (6th Year MVP)

Kent Weare developed a love for ice hockey, football and technology. He attended the University of Regina where he obtained a Degree in Computer Science. After completing his undergrad degree, he spent time in India completing a Post Graduate diploma in Object Oriented Technology. He currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada but remains a die-hard Saskatchewan Roughrider football fan. Kent began his career at a small Internet startup before taking on a junior roll with the Saskatchewan Government. Since then he has worked on projects for the Canadian Federal Government, a multi-national bank in the United States, Health Care projects in Eastern and Western Canada, and has spent the last five years employed by a large Electricity Distribution company in Calgary. Kent’s current responsibilities involve managing a Microsoft Solutions team that supports BizTalk, Exchange, Office Communication Server (OCS) and System Center. During Kent’s time at the Federal Government, he had an opportunity to participate in his first BizTalk project. Seven years later he is still “hooked” on BizTalk having worked with every BizTalk version released since. In 2008, Kent was awarded his first Microsoft MVP award for BizTalk Server. He continues to be active in the BizTalk community.

Blog: http://kentweare.blogspot.com

Tord Glad Nordahl

Tord Glad Nordahl (New MVP)

Tord Glad Nordahl is a BizTalk Administrator expert at Bouvet ASA. He works as an advisor and performs training, health checking, and other administrators tasks at different companies in Norway. He is also a public speak at different events over the world.

Tord has over 4 years of BizTalk experience and is one of the few with an in-depth knowledge of how BizTalk works, and how to improve it by using the best practices. Tord is also a contributor of the biztalkadmin.com blog and at the Microsoft forums.

Blog: http://biztalkadmin.com/

Mikael Håkansson

Mikael Håkansson

Based in Stockholm, Sweden. Mikael Håkansson has been employed by Enfo Systems since 2010, and is currently engaged in the Integration Delivery Centre to provide customers with a scalable and elastic offering of Microsoft BizTalk Servers and related technologies. He has a long-standing commitment to the community through contribution of free software and components, such as BizTalk SFTP Adapter and BizTalk Benchmark Wizard.

Mikael works closely with Microsoft through the BizTalk User Group Sweden, successfully organizing and presenting at events. His commitment to the community has earned him the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award, and he is also part of the Microsoft Technical Advisor program working closely with the BizTalk and CSD product teams for future releases of BizTalk and related products.

Blog: http://blogical.se/blogs/mikael

Bill Chesnut

Bill Chesnut (8th year MVP)

I am Principal Consultant for Mexia Consulting based in Melbourne Australia. I started my career in IT in 1983 and have worked on numerous enterprise projects using Microsoft C/C++, Visual Basic and SQL Server. Most recently, I have been working on various application integration projects using C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET, XML, XSLT, SQL Server and BizTalk Server to connect a variety of Microsoft Business Solutions applications with other systems. I have been awarded a Microsoft MVP for BizTalk Server since 2004 for my community involvement in the Australian BizTalk User Community. I am very involved in the Microsoft User Group Community and have been a past leader of the Melbourne .Net User Group. I worked closely with Microsoft to start a BizTalk User group in Melbourne and am now an active participant in both the Melbourne Azure group and the Brisbane Azure group. I am also a member for the Microsoft VTSP program for BizTalk.

Blog: http://www.biztalkbill.com/

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Rohit Sharma (2nd year MVP)

Rohit lives in Chandigarh also known as "The City Beautiful", located in the northern part of India. He works in Mohali as a Senior Software Developer. Rohit loves to design and develop BizTalk solutions, and he likes the challenge of tuning the BizTalk environment for performance optimizations. His journey with BizTalk started early 2007 and working with BizTalk since then gave him the opportunities to explore different tools and technologies during various integrations projects. Rohit loves to spend time with his family and friends, and going through different articles and blog posts on various technologies. He enjoys providing responses to technical issues on the BizTalk forums. Besides contributing to the forums he likes to blog about BizTalk related topics and issues. He likes to play and watch cricket as he is a huge fan of the Indian Cricket Team.

Blog: http://rohitt-sharma.blogspot.co.uk/

About Saravana Kumar

Saravana Kumar is the Founder and CTO of BizTalk360, an enterprise software that acts as an all-in-one solution for better administration, operation, support and monitoring of Microsoft BizTalk Server environments.