Today, we have exciting news to share as part of the launch of joint efforts between multiple organizations in Microsoft and the MVP community. I thought it’d be interesting to take a look at how far we’ve come (and how much fun we’ve had).
A little over a year ago, we (Azure SQL) decided it was time for us to have a bigger presence in the video space. Having done some work with Channel 9 in the past, one Friday I walked into Channel 9 studios, caught up with the wonderful folks there, and we decided to re-launch Data Exposed.
Our initial goal was simple: get folks excited about Azure SQL. We started in a small recording studio, where we manage the switching of screens/video feeds and sometimes ran videos solo. The community, commonly referred to #sqlfamily, quickly began to participate and share, driving people to learn and, like our goal, get excited about Azure SQL. Since then, we’ve released videos (almost) every Thursday, we got upgraded to the big-time studios in Channel 9, and we started running with official hosts (Jeroen ter Heerdt and now myself). And with the global pandemic, we swiftly switched to recording remotely back in March, which allowed us to start recording with folks globally.
Over the past year, we’ve received over 132K views, and 30 members of the product group have recorded topics ranging from how to connect to Azure SQL Database, to understanding notebooks in Azure Data Studio, to deep dives on features in Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Managed Instance, and SQL Server 2019. It’s been an amazing year, and I want to thank all of you for supporting our show with your views, likes, shares, and feedback (both positive and constructive). As we start a new fiscal year at Microsoft, we have even bigger plans, beginning with the MVPs.
Many of you reading this are probably familiar with the Microsoft MVP Program (MVP = Most Valuable Professionals). MVPs are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community and support #sqlfamily all over the globe. What really sets them apart is that they are always willing to help others. If you want to learn more about the MVP Program, here’s a link: https://aka.ms/mvpprogram
Now, in this new fiscal year, we are introducing an additional day of Data Exposed, dedicated to MVPs. Every Tuesday, we will release a new Data Exposed MVP Edition episode. Since we record remotely, we can feature MVPs from around the world on a wide range of topics. Additionally, Rie Irish, the Data Platform MVP lead at Microsoft, will be highlighting various MVP blogs, to help in spreading more knowledge to #sqlfamily. We hope that not only will this help get you excited about Azure SQL and SQL Server, but also that it will help enable, unblock, and inspire you to take the next step with Azure SQL or SQL Server, whatever that may be.