January 1st I got the following e-mail from Microsoft:
Dear Jan Egil Ring,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2016 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Cloud and Datacenter Management technical communities during the past year.
I feel very honored and privileged to continue being a part of the Microsoft MVP community, and look forward to share more knowledge with the community going forward.
The past year have had many highlights, such as speaking at the Nordic Infrastructure Conference in Oslo and PowerShell Summit Europe in Stockholm. The biggest highlight happened on the personal level, when our son Samuel was born in May. Becoming a father is an amazing experience which can’t be described by words. It has also meant a lot of hard work (and much less sleep), so I haven’t had the chance to contribute with as much articles since then. Although, I did do some PowerShell-related things with regards to the little one as well:
I joined the PowerShell Magazine back in 2014. As I have stated earlier, my technical articles are published there, while this blog is used for announcement like this, sharing resources from presentations and so on. On the short term, I’ll present at the 2016 Nordic Infrastructure Conference in Oslo, which I’m really looking forward to (more details shortly in a new blog post).
There are also exciting things happening at work, where I’ll shortly join a new internal team which will focus on automation and developing new infrastructure solutions around this.
I’m sure 2016 is going to be an awesome year, both on the personal level (I’ll spend 3 months on paternity leave with my son from April to July) as well as in the technology space. Windows Server 2016 is going to be released, which includes the new and exciting installation option Nano Server. In addition, there are of course a lot of other areas both in the PowerShell and DevOps space I’m excited to work on.