PowerShell MVP Arnaud Petitjean is an IT enthusiast who started his career as a systems engineer in a large French company. His passion for IT started at a very young age, when he “accidentally” discovered the source code in BASIC for the “Space Invaders” game, which ran on Thomson TO7/MO5 at the time. That day was a revelation for him – the day he knew exactly what field he was destined to make his career in as an adult.
His thirst for knowledge, his passion, and his desire to share his knowledge with others naturally led him to create a website in 2007 containing tutorials, ready-to-use scripts, and a forum dedicated to learning about the Windows PowerShell scripting language. This site eventually went on to become the hub of the French-speaking PowerShell community (http://www.powershell-scripting.com), and won Arnaud the ultimate title of PowerShell MVP in 2008 – the first PowerShell MVP in France. A quote that Arnaud is particularly fond of, which he says reflects his current state of mind, is “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Arnaud has also co-authored several books, including “Windows PowerShell: Guide de référence pour l’administration système” (“Reference Guide for System Administration” in English) (http://goo.gl/Mj0gO), published in successive editions by ENI since 2008 (the 3rd edition has been out since June 2013), and “Windows Powershell Deep Dives” (http://www.manning.com/hicks/), which is to be released very soon by Manning Press. He has also written many articles for IT publications, especially Windows IT Pro magazine, and occasionally speaks about his favorite subject at TechDays.
Thanks to the reputation and global visibility the MVP title brings, Arnaud was offered a job in Canada working for a major American investment bank. “It was a really enriching experience for me, both technically speaking and on a personal level, and I don't know if it all would have been possible without the MVP title!”
Being an MVP also means having the privilege of being invited to Microsoft’s annual MVP Global Summit event at the Microsoft campus in Redmond. Arnaud has indeed had this privilege, and has been an active participant in this one-of-a-kind event since his first ever nomination in 2008. “It’s the ideal moment to get to talk to Microsoft’s product teams – in other words, the people who develop the software that our expertise is based on. It's also the perfect opportunity for networking and meeting people from all over the world who share your passion!”