Microsoft SQL Server MVP for the 7th Year in a Row!

Today, a while ago, I have received that special email from Microsoft informing me that I was awarded with the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award:

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Dear Artemakis Artemiou,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2015 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 SQL Server technical communities during the past year.

The Microsoft MVP Award provides us the unique opportunity to celebrate and honor your significant contributions and say “Thank you for your technical leadership.”

This is the 7th year in a row I am awarded with the Microsoft MVP Award on SQL Server and I am really excited! Every time I received the MVP Award was – and is – unique because it shows the genuine appreciation of Microsoft on what we do by sharing our passion on technology and in this case, SQL Server.

Working so many years with SQL Server and being involved with the worldwide SQL Server community is a way of living for me. The active involvement with the community, the direct communication with Microsoft and especially with the SQL Server Product Group and our Community Program Manager, the exchange of knowledge with fellow MVPs and the broader community, the participation to conferences, user group meetings, blogging, book authoring, software development and many other activities, is a constant source of inspiration and creativity to me. All this makes me not only a better professional but also a better human being because it is all based to the genuine passion of sharing knowledge with fellow people on a technology we all love, and that is SQL Server.

A huge thanks to all of you, my fellow SQL Server community members for just being awesome.

I would also like to thank Microsoft for re-awarding me with this prestigious award, the SQL Server Product Group for doing all this great stuff with SQL Server and related technologies and of course our Community Program Manager at Microsoft for keeping us up to date with all this great stuff provided by Microsoft. Additionally I would also like to thank the local Microsoft Office at Cyprus for supporting our community activities at the Cyprus .NET User Group.

On top of everything, a huge thank you to my beautiful wife and daughter for their true support, love and understanding for all those hours I spent away of them working on all those “community stuff” 🙂 Without your support, you know it would just not feel right. I love you and thank you from the depths of my heart loves! Once again, this award is dedicated to you!

The journey continues. My commitment to all of you is that I will continue doing my best and share with you the technical knowledge that I acquire on SQL Server as well as my experience via all the available channels!

This is going to be a really amazing year. Among other, for the last year I have been silently working on developing something really special that has to do with an exceptional technology in SQL Server, that is In-Memory Optimization. The development is now completed and testing/QA is in its final stages. This is going to be huge and it will be announced real soon! Stay tuned friends!

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