Heading for the Microsoft MVP Global Summit

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in Blog

I’m sitting at the Chicago O’Hare airport awaiting my flight to Seattle. After a rocky start in Indianapolis and a run in with “Steve”, I’m on my way. I can’t wait to meet many of my fellow SharePoint MVP’s. I’ve been looking forward to this event for almost a year now since the Summit is only held every 18 months. Of course we kick off tomorrow when many of the SharePoint MVP’s are going to play some paintball… got my cammos and am ready for action! J

I intend to blog a blow by blow of this adventure and have my trusty digital camera in my bag… that is if it still works after “Steve” slammed it down on the counter…

Anyway, the Summit promises to have some awesome information. Some of it will of course be Microsoft Confidential so I won’t be able to divulge details because we’re all under NDA, but what I can share, I will… mostly I’m just looking forward to doing some major networking this week. J




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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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