A new chapter, I’m joining Microsoft!

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I am very excited to announce that I am joining Microsoft as an Azure Technical Trainer on 21st February 2022! I received the news in November 2021 and I’m still in shock today, a dream come true!

I am very grateful to Microsoft for the opportunity and look forward to joining a great team of awesome people. A massive shoutout and thankyou to Peter de Tender for the support and encouragement through the process.

Working for Microsoft is a great opportunity, a new challenge, I’m stepping out of my comfort zone, the opportunity to continue learning, sharing knowledge, meeting new people, and most importantly I hope to make a difference “to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more”

I would like to thank my family, friends and members of the Technical Community (aka CloudFamily) on Twitter (You know who you are). Thank you very much for the support.

The Covid pandemic has been devastating for all of us, however, the Technical Community have been amazing, coming together virtually to support each other at a difficult time. A vast number of amazing virtual user groups, podcasts, blogs, courses and YouTube content has been created throughout the pandemic to help support the tech community. Keep up the great work.

I would also like to thank the individuals who reached out to nominate me for the MVP award. Thank you Shabaz Daar for the nomination which due to me accepting a position at Microsoft had to be halted. Thankyou Gregor Suttie, John Lunn and Elan Shudnow for reaching out. I really appreciate your support and you believing that I was worthy for such an amazing award, it means a lot.

As my journey with Microsoft begins, I hope to make a positive impact going forward. I will also continue to make an effort to get to know more awesome individuals in the community. I will also continue publishing technical content on my blog Cloud Build and interviews on the Azure Crazy website. I will be continuing to work on the Bradford Cloud User Group co founded with my friends Shabaz Darr and Mohammed Sajid. Thankyou both for your support.

What about Daisy Corporate Services?

Leaving the Daisy family after 15 years was not an easy decision. I am extremely lucky to have worked with amazing people over the years, great managers who have always pushed me to succeed. I have always said, what makes Daisy great is the culture, the people, the support and being able to progress within the company. Thankyou very much for all the support and opportunities you have provided me since I joined the company. I leave with many great memories.

Today was emotional, as I visited the office to say goodbye, hand over my kit, and door access pass which I have held onto for over 15 years. I look no where near the young Imran I was over 15 years ago. 🙂

A quick selfie outside Daisy House with my friend and manager David Robinson, whilst battling with strong winds and rain, but we got there. Thanks Dave 🙂

I’ve lost my hair and gone grey over the years, whilst Dave still looks the same. I never managed to find out what his secret was. 🙂
Thanks for being a supportive colleague, friend and manager. I wish you nothing but success.

Time to sign out. I wish Daisy and the team all the best for the future.