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When we finish the second year and prepare for 2019 to begin… in the last 12 months.
Every year I want to reflect on the last 12 months, I took some time to gather any insights and focus on the coming year. I wanted to share with you the greatest value to me during 2018, I will try to summarize it in this blog post.
For reference, this was mine 2017 message.
2018 was a year of change for me when I moved to a new country and started a new job … I call it a year Turn around and release… A new job. New home. I loved it!
So let’s start wrapping up 2018!
In February, I moved to Switzerland. This was a big change for me and my family. I am now so happy and grateful that I live in a peaceful, beautiful, impartial and respected country!
In March, I also changed jobs and started working for Cloud Solutions Architect at itnetX (Switzerland) AG. I am excited to join the itnetX family of such a dynamic organization during a period of rapid growth. Great company!
The advice I can share with you here is if a company or management doesn’t invest in you or believe in vocational training and doesn’t pay for expertise. Leave them, they are dead in the water and pull you down. Don’t waste time there !!!
Are you IT hero in your company on call, what about overtime? I’m glad I haven’t been a hero in my previous employment for too long before I finally realized my value. Great article and so well written that I recommend reading here. Start 2019 with pride!
I made the shift to focus on Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack, and Hybrid projects. I had made this change in this direction for a couple of years, but the new job helped me move into the kind of job I wanted to do. I firmly believe in change and growth will come through change. Life is like going down an escalator. If you stand still, you will be left behind. Of course, I still have my traditional and classic skills, but it was time for me to make a change in my career to be challenged and growing steadily. You can see this change reflected in the articles I recently published on my blog. New to my role itnetX has also helped me shift my focus to the cloud.
When I joined the team, itnetX introduced me in a Q&A video interview. You can check it out here:
Also in March, I had the honor and privilege of participating fourth MVP Global Summit 2018 Seattle, Washington, United States.
Also in March, I reviewed my third book! A practical network with Microsoft Azure.
In April, I passed Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect 70-535 Exam.
In May, I passed the Microsoft Azure Stack 70-537 test (Configure and use a hybrid cloud using the Microsoft Azure Stack).
Also in May, I had the honor and privilege speak for the first time at a Cloud and Datacenter conference in Hanau, Germany.
I had the honor and privilege of June talk about the Microsoft Azure Stack at the HPE Customer Innovation Center in Geneva, Switzerland.
I also did another webinar in June how to integrate, use, and provide services with Microsoft Azure Stack, you can watch the recording here:
In July, I built modern workspace home office.
Also in July, I published a free from Whitepaper Azure Backup Deep Dive. I recommend that you check it out.
I also got in July Fifth Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) Award in a Row.
In August, I released the tool automates Just In Time VM Access for Microsoft Azure.
In September, I released the tool automate the cloud services integration process with SCDPM and Azure Backup.
In October, I passed a new role-based Azure Administrator Certification AZ-102 Exam.
In November, I had the honor and privilege to speak for the first time at GeekMania 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland.
In December, I reviewed my fourth book how to be an MVP in life by other MVPs, David Lundell.
And I finally ended the year by publishing a third book! Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Cookbook.
As a blogger focusing on cloud computing, it’s always fun. Traffic to my blog increased significantly, 10 times more visitors compared to 2017. And in less than five years, my blog will hit over a million visitors … Thanks for reading my blog!
Where did the readers come from? Top 15 countries:
Louvre Art Museum has 8.1 (8,100,000) million visitors in 2017. This blog was viewed 336000 times in 2018, 321900 times in 2017, 216000 times in 2016, 172 000 times in 2015 and 59000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibition Louvre Art Museum, it took about 21 days before many people would see it.
The busiest day of the year was November 27thth, With 2018 1,286 outlook. The most popular post of the day was How to install DPM 2016 on Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016.
Top 10 posts during 2018:
Another great thing I can do in 2018 was to work with clients on several different projects. I really have to thanks to my employer itnetX for the supportand to all my sponsors here: Altar VM backup, Vembu Technologiesand CloudBerry Lab.
So how can I sum up all this?
People’s interest in the Hyper-Converged Infrastructure environment and in general in the Microsoft Cloud Platform (Azure and Azure Stack) is growing more and more …
I see that 2019 is also an epic year, if 2018 was a year of change, 2019 promises to be a year of cybersecurity.
On top of all this, if you’re interested in reading my books, you can order them here; and I look forward to speaking at a few conferences later this year!
I look forward to the beginning of 2019 … There are a lot of interesting things coming up in the pipeline 😉
And with this I want to end 2018 by wishing everyone a Happy New Year !!!
Thank you all for reading my blog and commenting throughout the year, may you all have a healthy, successful and excellent New Year!
Until then … see you in 2019!
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