As we end another year and prepare for 2019 to start… With a humble and wide-open heart–thank you for following, sharing, and modeling my work (whether via my blog posts, Facebook posts, tweets, books, or speaking at events) over these past 12 months.
Every year I like to reflect on the past 12 months, I took some time to gather whatever insights I can and focus on the year ahead. I wanted to share with you the greatest value to me over 2018, I will try to summarize it in this blog post.
For reference, this was my 2017 post.
2018 was the year of change for me as I relocated to a new country and started a new job… I call it the year of Turn-Around & Relieve… 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 so happy and grateful now that I live in a peaceful, beautiful, neutral, and respected country!
In March, I also changed job and started working as Cloud Solutions Architect with itnetX (Switzerland) AG. I’m thrilled to be joining the itnetX family of such a dynamic organization during a time of rapid growth. A great company!!!
A piece of advice that I can share with you here is, if the company or the management doesn’t invest in you, or doesn’t believe in professional education, and don’t pay for expertise. Leave them, they are dead in the water and will drag you down. Don’t waste your time there!!!
Are you the IT Hero in your company, on-call, what about overtime? I am happy of not being the Hero for far too long in a previous employment, before finally realizing my value. A great article and so well written that I highly recommend to read here. Start 2019 with pride!
I made the transition to focus on Microsoft Azure, Azure Stack, and Hybrid projects. I had been making this shift in this direction for a couple of years now but the new job helped me transition to the type of work I wanted to do. I am a firm believer in change and through change comes growth. Life is like going up the down escalator. If you stand still, you’ll fall behind. Of course, I still have my traditional and classic skills but for me, it was time to make a change in my career to be challenged and keep growing. You can see this change reflected in the articles that I have been posted recently on my blog. My new role with itnetX has also helped me move my focus to the Cloud.
After I joined the team, itnetX featured me in a Q&A video interview. You can check it out here:
In March as well, I had the honor and privilege of attending the fourth MVP Global Summit 2018 in Seattle, Washington, United States of America.
In March as well, I reviewed my third book! Hands-On Networking with Microsoft Azure.
In April, I passed the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect 70-535 exam.
In May, I passed the Microsoft Azure Stack 70-537 exam (Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack).
In May as well, I had the honor and privilege to speak for the first time at Cloud and Datacenter Conference in Hanau, Germany.
In June, I had the honor and privilege to speak about Microsoft Azure Stack at the HPE Customer Innovation Center in Geneva, Switzerland.
In June as well, I did another webinar on how to integrate, operate and offer services with Microsoft Azure Stack, you can watch the recording here:
In July, I built my modern workspace home office.
In July as well, I released a free Whitepaper about Azure Backup Deep Dive. I highly recommend you to check it out.
In July as well, I received my fifth Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award in a row.
In August, I released a tool to automate Just In Time VM Access for Microsoft Azure.
In September, I released a tool to automate the cloud backup integration process with SCDPM and Azure Backup.
In October, I passed the 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 fellow MVP, David Lundell.
And finally, I ended up the year by releasing my third book! Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Cookbook.
As a blogger focusing on cloud computing it is always fun. The traffic to my blog grew significantly, 10 times more visitors compared to 2017. And in less than 5 years, my blog hits over 1 Million visitors… Thank you for reading my blog!
Where did the readers come from? Top 15 Countries:
The Louvre Museum has 8.1 (8,100,000) million visitors in 2017. This blog was viewed about 336,000 times in 2018, 321,900 times in 2017, 216,000 times in 2016, 172,000 times in 2015 and 59,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 21 days for that many people to see it.
The busiest day of the year was November 27th, 2018 with 1,286 views. The most popular post on that day was, How to install DPM 2016 on Windows Server 2016 and SQL Server 2016.
The top 10 most viewed posts during 2018:
Another great thing I could do in 2018 was work with my customers on several different projects. I really have to thank my employer itnetX for their support, and to all my sponsors here: Altaro VM Backup, Vembu Technologies, and CloudBerry Lab.
So how do I summarize all of this?
People’s interest in Hyper-Converged Infrastructure and in the Microsoft Cloud Platform (Azure and Azure Stack) in general continues to rise more and more…
My Expectation for 2019
I see 2019 will be an epic year as well, if 2018 was the year of change, 2019 promises to be the year of Cybersecurity.
Aside from all of that, If you are interested in reading my books, you can order them from here; and I look forward to speaking at a few conferences later this year!
I am looking forward to the 2019 kick-off… There are a lot of interesting things coming down the pipeline ;-)
And with that, let me wrap up 2018 by wishing everyone a Happy New Year !!!
Thank you all for reading my blog and the comments throughout the year, may you all have a healthy, successful, and outstanding New Year!
Until then… see you in 2019!
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