Dr. Ahmed Bahaa’s technical community involvement story starts from his university student years where he used to be Student Union’s VP. Through this role, he used to conduct some technical sessions for his colleagues in University. He first began speaking in public-level events during Middle East Visual Studio .NET 2002 Launch (Version 1.0) which was held on March 2002 in Cairo-Egypt, where he presented the ADO.NET session. “Since then, I always try to be an active member in the Technical Community. Working for Community inspires me, and pushes me always to achieve more because; I believe that the value of any man doesn’t come from how much he can get for himself but, it comes from how much he can give to others, and how much he can positively affects people’s lives. That is why, I teach in University as an associate professor. For the same reason, I founded MS3arab Community with two fellow MVPs (Sherif Talaat, and Ayman El Hattab) in addition to other fellow community geeks including; my brother (Mohamed Bahaa), and my friends; Mohamed Samy, & Mahmoud Ghozz.” Ahmed Says.
As part of his professional work Dr. Ahmed has multiple hats; “Firstly, I work as the Principal Technical Consultant in an ALM Microsoft Gold Partner in Cairo-Egypt that is called CompuPharaohs. In CompuPharaohs we build Enterprise solutions (Usually for the Government). This includes but not limited to; Business Intelligence solutions, and ALM consultation services.” Their work has been praised by many parties. For instance, they have reached the semi-finalists stage at the Worldwide BI Partner of the Year in 2008. Additionally, they have developed the Data Warehouse, and Business Intelligence for the Egyptian Ministry of Communication, and Information (MCIT) which got the first award from UN this year during UN Public Service Forum. Additionally, they have published a five stars showcase with the ALM product team. This showcase was praised by the great Brian Harry in his blog. The showcase talked about load testing the Egyptian elections system. You may find further details here. “Secondly, I work as an associate professor, in Faculty of Computers and Information, Helwan University in Cairo, Egypt. I love teaching the young talented University youth. It gives me the ability to share my knowledge with my Country’s youth in a sustained and continuous way. Moreover, it opens the gate for me to lead some Research efforts in the Software Engineering, and Data Warehousing fields. Thirdly, I am member of the ISO advisory Committee in Egypt that is responsible of voting for International IT Standards, and to launch the ISO’s Arabic versions of 25000-x, and 27000-x standards. Additionally, I used to be the IT advisor for the Assistant Secretary Generals of Arab League. Last but, not least, as a Microsoft RD, and MVP, I deliver many public speeches in Community, and Microsoft’s technical events.”
Dr. Ahmed believes that MVP award should be an award for lifetime efforts but, not a goal for a community guy. “Being an MVP is not just an award. It should be a way of life to better think for people, work with community, and to give world-class technical value to others. I can say that being MVP made my community efforts more aligned with Microsoft Corporate’s technical strategies and evangelism goals. Additionally, MVP award gave me a better opportunity to be close to the ALM product team, and the ALM champs community. This helped me to get to a new level of technical depth.”
Dr. Ahmed recently contributed in Middle East and Africa Visual Studio 2013 Visual studio Launch that was held in Burj Khalifa (the highest man-made building all over the world), Dubai, UAE. “I delivered a session about the new cloud-based load testing offering that comes with Visual Studio 2013 release through the usage of the new Visual Studio Online (VSO).
Additionally, I delivered a speech in the International day of Standardization in Egypt that has been honored by the attendance of HE the Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry. The speech was about “The new game-Changing Microsoft Quality tools”. Currently, I am working with some Key Governmental Executives trying to conduct a new initiative that is expected to be supported by Microsoft. If we succeeded in our efforts, we will help hundreds of entrepreneurs for having their own new businesses using Microsoft ALM tools.”
Dr. Ahmed thinks that generally, each moment with a new technical achievement is a favorite MVP moment. However, he states that he has two very special MVP moments; “the first, was surely the moment that I received my first MVP award eight years ago. The second was the moment when I received an invitation to speak in Microsoft ALM Summit 3 that has been held in Microsoft Corp headquarters in Redmond. As an ALM MVP, It was a technical glorious moment.”