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Thank you Microsoft for the MVP Award!

mvp_logo_preferred_cyan300_rgb_72ppiI am extremely excited to announce this week I got the word that I have been awarded this year’s Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for Microsoft Azure.

I am very thankful to Microsoft and to everyone who helped make this possible.  I feel so very lucky to be amongst the very few selected for this award each year.  The Microsoft MVP award is awarded to those who provide help to the technical community.  For the past several years, I have been doing this through blogs, technical events, and of course the user group community.  Microsoft has always been a great supporter of the community, and a real partner in our ongoing efforts.

The IT-Pro and Azure communities have been so welcoming to me.  I hope I can continue to provide as much as humanly possible to continue contributing back.  While my community work has never been about recognition or personal gain, it is very nice to receive this award as recognition from Microsoft.

As this is my first time being awarded the MVP, I’m not yet sure what to expect.  One thing is for sure.  Now I’m going to have to work extra hard to give back (even more) to the community… and I’m glad to do it every day!

Thank you to Microsoft!  Thank you to the IT-Pro and Azure user group community.  Thank you to the MVPs who welcomed me and have helped me throughout the years!

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Robert Borges

About Robert...

I have been in the IT industry since 1993 focusing mainly in networking. Though I got an early start as an amateur computer enthusiast, and wrote my first database app at age 12, I started my professional career working in the MIS department of one of the largest liquor distributors in the northeast. I started out there as a systems operator on the company’s two mainframe systems. From there I moved into PC support, and help design and implement the company’s first client-server network… This was back in the days of Win NT 3.51. I also worked on my first migration to NT 4.0 back then.

From there I went on to work with Novell 3.x and 4.x along with Windows domains and active directory environments. Working my way up from technician, to specialist, to administrator, and eventually all the way up to Sr. Engineer. I spent many years working for consulting firms, 9 of which I owned and operated my own firm.
Over the years, I have worked with (at an expert level) various versions of: Windows client and server operating systems (including Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016); various virtualization technologies (Hyper-V, VMware, etc.); MS-SQL server 6.5- 2014 R2; Exchange 4-2016, and much more.

I am now vCIO at Spade Technology, Inc. focusing on Information Technology strategy including: cloud computing, IT Infrastructure & Architecture, IT Security, and Cloud Computing platforms & technologies (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS).

Outside of my day job, I serve as president of the board of Boston User Groups, Inc., as well as IT-Pro User Group. In 2017/2018 Microsoft awarded me the Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) Award, with a focus of Microsoft Azure cloud, for my efforts in the IT community.

I am in a constant state of learning about new products, and new versions of products. Many of which we end up implementing in lab environments and sometimes for our clients. I have a very broad range of expertise and experience. It is my goal to share some of this experience on this blog to help enrich the IT community.

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