One more year in my life has passed and it’s time to say thank you!

Another year is passed and I turned 29 on the last friday.

What happened this year?

I started to work in a home office and relocated to Berlin. I dived deeper in the Microsoft and Dell communities and became a bigger part of them. I was one of the first 200 MCSAs Windows Server 2012 worldwide and was able to improve my knowledge on many fields. I met more and more awesome people on private and professional level and made friendships all over the world. I was able to take decision that changed my current and future life and let me do the first steps on the road to fulfill my dreams and wishes.

That was a great and tough year for me and now it’s time to thank people who influenced me to become what I’m now. As character as well as IT Pro.

First I have to thank my family. They stand behind me with every decision I made and step I take. Without them my relocation to Berlin and all other stuff and future plans weren’t possible. Only a “thank you” is not enough to say how much this means to me and how deep you in my heart.

After my relocation to Berlin a whole new life starts for me. I left old friends behind that are still very important for me especially Jessi and Mandy. Girls thank you very much for not be bad about me for my decision to leave my old life behind. I’m still there for you every time you need me.

My start in Berlin was much easier than I thought but this was only possible because of new old partly old friends I had in Berlin. At this point I want to thank the most important ones for me. First the friends I met during my work for Dell Manuel Bräuer (and his hopefully future wife Nicole ;)) and Martin Seener. Thank you very much for your friendship and the professional discussion we have. You can count on me every time you need me.

Elena, you were the first person I met here. Thank you for your help and explanations how Berlin works.

Kora, I know you don’t want to read this thank you but you and Rafael were the two people who helped me mostly over the hard time as my important and most painful plan crashed. Thank you for your hard and true words. Please stay as strong as you are.

Yes now the three wonderful people I mostly hang around with Lea, Julia and Caro. Girls, the time we spend is so awesome and I never had so much fun before. You showed me new ways of thinking and every questions you ask me let me prove my self. In the past month I became a better person and that is also because of you. Thank you very much, I’m happy to have friends like you. Can’t wait to got ice skating with you.
Rafael, this year again you helped me through hard times as a friend and mentor. You helped me grow and showed me ways how to improve my self. I’m proud that I can name you my best friend. Thank you to give me the virtual headnuts when I fall into “gnarfmode”. ūüėČ

My two good friends at work Patrick and Thorsten. It was awesome to see you fast professional grow during the past year. Thank you for your friendship and let us keep this up.

Wow what a long list but it is not over yet. There are also many people who helped me grow as an ITPro.

Carsten Rachfahl, Didier van Hoye, Aidan Finn, Thomas Maurer, Hans Vredevoort, Jeff Wouters, Ravikanth Chaganti. Thank you for promoting my professional work and helping my out when I had questions or need advice.

Carsten, it’s amazing to have a friend and mentor like you. Didier, thank you for challenging me and keeping me with your questions and friendship up to date. Aidan, you’re still my¬†prototypical. Your are so awesome and I want to reach the same professional level like you. Thank you for not killing while naming you Justin Bieber or my newsletter after you. Ravikanth, thank you for taking my “Padawan” Arshad under your umbrella and helping him grow.

I also want to thank my teamleader Michael Koch, who supported me during my whole career at Dell and stand behind me every time it was necessary. He is also a teamleader who trust you and gives you as much free space and decision freedom as possible. He showed me how to survive in his world between all these managers and excel shovers, without freaking out or cutting heads. I can say he is the best teamleader I ever had in my professional life and I’m proud to be part of his team. Michael you have big share of how I have developed as an IT Pro.

Thank you to the Dell TechCenter Team for honoring me as a Rockstar. I’m happy to be part of the community and it’s lot’s of fun for me to support you guy’s during your daily work.

My thanks go also to the Microsoft TechNet Germany (incl. Lars Schmoldt) and Evangelist Team. I’m proud about the level of trust we reached and about the projects we did together. I’m more than impressed about your work and want to thank you for making me part it. I hope we can go on with in the future.

Last but not least, Veronica Sopher. Veronica, thank you very much for making me part of the MS Learning community and give me the opportunity to share my experience with all the other people who want to become or still certified. I really love to help you or your community out with answering questions. It’s awesome to be part of your community and you make a brilliant job!

 

To all of you, thank you for guiding me the way and helping me to grow. You are awesome and I’m proud to name you family, friends, colleagues and partners.

So with the words of Battle Beast “Let it roar”, also for the next year.

Time to say thank you

Hallo everybody,

the year 2012 has nearly ended here in Germany. I think now it’s the best time to thank some friends and coworkers who helped and supported me over the last year.

Rafael Knuth: 
Rafael is my Dell Community Lead and best friend. I work together with him since¬†February¬†2012. He trained me about social media, blogging, business strategies, management and much more.¬†Without him I would not be who I am now. He also took over the role of my best friend during the year. He helped me with understanding and proposals on my private projects and problems. Thank you very much “old man”, I hope I will be able to give you something back in 2013.

Janine Wegner: 
Janine is my “brand queen” at Dell. She helped me to understand all the marketing stuff, that was coming up with the new position. She also helped me to run some projects and she also edited some of my company blog, to get them more “fluent”. Thank you Janinchen.

Michael Koch and Michael Lindner: 
Michael and Michael are my Teamleaders at Dell. They keep me free from many things, so that I can concentrate on my projects. They were also willing to help, when I wanted to earn a new certification or need some days off for private projects. Thank you guys.

Carsten Rachfahl:
Carsten show me new ways to earn knowledge and show people what I can. With his help I was able to multiplicate my knowledge level and together we run some cool projects. I hope we can go on and improve our partnership in 2013, too. Thank you Carsten.

Didier van Hoye:
Didier, I have to thank you for asking me questions I can’t answer. Because of you I learned a lot last year and you show me new things I didn’t know about technology. I would be happy for more guidance, also in 2013. Thank you Didier.

Aidan Finn: 
Aidan let me thank you for all these great blogs you wrote. They made my daily business much easier. Thank you also for not killing me during E2EVC after the “Justin Bieber” joke. ¬†Thank you Aidan.

Yasushi Osonoi:
Osonoi-San thank you very much for your support in the APJ regions. I loved to work with you and I would be happy to improve our partnership in future. Thank you Osonoi-San.

Dell TechCenter Team Global: 
Dell TechCenter Team, thank you for giving me a¬†platform¬†to share my knowledge and for your support during also the projects I made. I’m happy to have coworkers like you over in the US. Thank you guys.

 

To all of you! You influenced me so much in 2012 and I’m happy to name you friends and¬†colleagues. Thank you very much and I wish you an amazing 2013.