What is new and coming soon to the Microsoft monitoring world and helping a good cause #opinsights #SCOM #OpsMgr #SYSCTR

Do you want to be in the know on what is new with Microsoft’s monitoring world including Operations Manager?

How about getting some demo time seeing what Azure Operational Insights has brought to the table?

How about if that was topped off with what we see on the horizon and give it all to you in one session?

Does that sound interesting?

If so, join myself (@CFullerMVP) and SCOMBob (@Bob_Cornelissen) on Thursday, April 23rd, 2015 at 12:00 EDT / 11:00 CDT / 18:00 CEST to find out what is new in the world of monitoring Microsoft solutions. Registration is available at: http://www.xiansuite.blogspot.com/2015/04/join-current-and-upcoming-features.html

 

I’m excited for this presentation and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about something else important.

I know Bob and he wouldn’t be the one to mention this so I will. I’ve known MVP’s for years now and a lot of what drives many of them is a deep felt need to help others in the community. Most of us channel our efforts heavily into our SME areas and work towards sharing what we are working on to make it easy for others to build on what we have built. It is uncommon however to find someone who not only shares with the technical community, but also channels his efforts into helping beyond their technical community. So, let me tell you a little bit about a friend of mine Bob Cornelissen.

Bob is also a consultant and owner of BICTT Netherlands. He is a 4 year MVP System Center Cloud & Datacenter Management and was the lead author on Mastering SCOM 2012. Bob blogs at http://www.bictt.com/blogs. All of these are things that we kind of expect from MVP’s.

Here’s the surprise. Bob and his wife run a charity dog sanctuary in Thailand called “Lek’s House of Tails” (http://lekshouseoftails.azurewebsites.net/). Bob is shown below with one of the two male alpha dogs at the sanctuary – hint – Bob is the one on the right. J

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Bob and his wife (shown below) have a love for stray dogs. When they found a situation where there was no place for these dogs to go they took it upon themselves to give them a home. Here’s a subset of how Bob summarized the situation:

Due to a housing project around 50 dogs became abandoned and homeless, because the people who used to look after them got evicted and left their dogs behind. They are in need of a place to stay, regular feeding, medical assistance, a place to sleep. We could not watch them suffer anymore…. We are asking for your help to be able to give these dogs the care they need and deserve. These are good and friendly dogs and need some compassion and they will return gratitude and live a happy life. We use the funds for medical care, a blanket, regular food, fencing around perimeter of land to avoid them getting hit by cars and basic roofing for rainy days and some additional shade.”

As part of our upcoming presentation, all speaker proceeds will be donated to Lek’s House of Tails (thank you to Jalasoft for making this possible!).

Please help to take care of these dogs who have done nothing wrong other than being abandoned by their owners in the wrong place in the world. You can help these dogs to have a home by donating at http://lekshouseoftails.azurewebsites.net/?page_id=222.

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