I'm Ammar Hasayen
Husband & Father | Microsoft MVP| I do Office 365 and Azure | Speaker and blogger | I Love music and exploring the world.
Microsoft MEA MVP Connection Event in Dubai Nov 2017
Dubai to host MEA MVPs
The event took place on the 17th and 18th November, and we had a welcome dinner on the 16th November. We used Microsoft Dubai conference room to meet and connect during the day, and we stayed at Radisson Blue Media City.
I was awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award in 2017, and this was my first MVP connection event. I did not know what to expect and whom am I going to meet there, so I was looking forward for this event.
I was also nominated to be a speaker in this event to talk about an interesting topic “Digital Transformation & Era of Disruption”. It was an interesting experience to do a presentation in front of fellow MVPs. Each one of them contributed a lot to the community, and I am sure they are expert in presenting in front of big audience. I was concerned that my topic will not be that interesting to them, or that my presentation skills will not impress them. I thought it is an interesting challenge 😊
I saw couple of famous and familiar faces when I start meeting fellow MVPs. I start introducing myself, knowing that nobody knows me or ever heard about my name. I was surprised later to know that some people recognized couple of my blog posts about Microsoft Ignite conference. I was so glad to hear that.
Meeting Hande, our MVP program manager was a remarkable moment for me. She helped us all during the MVP nomination and afterwards. She is also a lovely person who is always willing to help.
I felt uncomfortable being the last speaker, as people are waiting for lunch, and I am the only thing standing between them and lunch. Also, some speakers did not finish at time, and I was afraid that my session will be canceled or that people will not be willing to listen.
When my presentation time started, I just delivered my idea. I had one simple idea to deliver.
I ended my presentation with my own perspective of what digital transformation is all about. It was a quote from Nelson Mandela “Action without vision is only passing time, vision without action is merely day dreaming, but vision with action can change the world”.
Same in today’s businesses, an action without a vision, and you will be disrupted. Vision without an action, and it is too late already. Vision with action and you will have a digital transformation. Digital Transformation is about focusing on customer digital journey (Vision and Purpose), and then bringing People, Process, Data to create value for your customer and maintain competitive advantage in a digital-first world (Action).
I was so glad when I got a positive feedback from people about my session. Even Dr. Ahmed Bahaa (Microsoft Regional Directory from Egypt), gave me some notes and guidance about my session. His notes and willingness to guide me, worth a lot. It means I delivered something worth his time.
Safari Evening on the 17th
We had a lovely dinner that night, with some shisha time before heading back to the hotel. It was really a nice touch from Microsoft to invite us to such safari experience. Thank you, Microsoft, Hande and everyone who helped organizing this event.
Elevator or Lift Mirror Selfie
Elevator or Lift Mirror Selfie is defined as:
“The awkward act of grouping people in an elevator, and using any camera device to take picture of the elevator’s mirror using the front camera, thus creating a Selfie effect, and using or not using, one of the snap chat filters in the process”
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