July 1st marks the day when Microsoft announces the annual re-award cycle results for their MVP program. The acronym stands for Most Valuable Professional, but how is the “value” part measured? Nope, it’s not a game of who has sold the most licenses or brought in the biggest slice of direct $$$ revenue to MSFT. It’s about the value delivered to the community:
“Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the “bleeding edge” and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real world problems. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries/regions and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others – that’s what sets them apart.” (Taken from Who are MVPs? mvp.microsoft.com)
These are some of the exact same principles that Forward Forever has been founded on. We are therefore extremely happy to announce that in this 2020-2021 renewal round there were in total 3 MVP Awards given to our team members!
As of today, all of the Finnish MVPs in Microsoft Business Applications category are working at Forward Forever Oy. There are in total 240 professionals globally in this award category that ranges from Dynamics 365 enterprise solutions like CRM & ERP to the more nimble Power Apps and Power Automate based business apps. The broad spectrum of technologies included in this category is also reflected in the professional backgrounds of our MVPs:
- Jukka Niiranen started working with Dynamics CRM back in 2005 when the product originally arrived in Finland. He had been building codeless XRM solutions already before anyone had invented the term “no-code/low-code” (he created his first CDS custom entity 13 years ago, after all.)
- Timo Pertilä has a long history in the world of MS Office server applications, which started to merge with the modern citizen developer tools like Power Apps a few years ago. His exploration with these new technologies has since then lead Timo to build robots (RPA) and Mixed Reality apps, instead of just “doing SharePoint”.
- Antti Pajunen dived straight into the deep end of modern Dynamics 365 Apps with Project Service Automation (PSA) deployments. He then realized the power of Flows in making the Automation part a reality in PSA projects and far beyond, leading to advanced Power Automate tutorial blog posts and best practices presentations like in 365 Automation Saturday.
Just like the Power Platform technology is never standing still, our Microsoft MVPs are also continuously working to discover new ways how these cloud business applications can be applied in real life scenarios. This covers not just our customers but the whole community of citizen developers out there. The global network of professionals who share their knowledge with the outside world is our single most important asset in being able to deliver business value from modern technology. This is why our whole Team Forward Forever is dedicated in also giving back to the community and making sure that a growing number of people out there can find inspiration from what these low-code tools empower them to build.