Windows Server for Small and Medium Business MVP Damir Dizdarevic became active in the Microsoft community back in 2006. During his work as a Microsoft Certified Trainer and IT consultant, he noticed that many people in his country were willing to get together and talk about new technologies. He decided to start the Bosnian Microsoft Community User Group, which became active in 2007, so that people with the same interests in Microsoft technologies could share knowledge. Since then, members have meetups every month where they talk about various Microsoft technologies and concepts. In addition, working with the group’s members, Damir organized Microsoft Community Bosnia Conferences in 2012 and in 2013. Supported by Microsoft and local IT companies, the conferences have been very successful, drawing a high level of participation. Damir is going to organize these conferences on a regular basis each year.
An IT professional, Damir holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in mathematics. He works as a manager of the Microsoft CPLS Learning Center in Logosoft Sarajevo, and as a lecturer and author of MOC courses. Occasionally, he also works as a system designer and a consultant for complex enterprise environments. He is a founding member and president of the Bosnian Microsoft Community. He has been working with Microsoft platforms for the last 18 years, and he specializes in Windows Server, Exchange Server, mobility and virtualization.
Microsoft awarded him with the Most Valuable Professional Award in 2007 for his outstanding contributions in sharing knowledge about Microsoft Server products, delivering large number of lectures, and for his high technical competence. Damir has earned a number of technical certificates (MCSE, MCTS, MCITP, and MCT) for Windows Server 2012, Exchange Server 2013 and Hyper-V platform.
He is a regular presenter at conferences in the ex-Yugoslavia region. He was one of the top three speakers for seven years in a row at the Microsoft Sinergija conference. In addition to delivering presentations during user group meetings in Bosnia and the Adriatics region. He is a regular and highly-graded presenter at other Microsoft conferences in the region such as Microsoft Network, Microsoft Windays, Microsoft Vizija, and TechDays.
Damir is one of a very few trainers in Europe who also works as an author and reviewer of official MOC courses and MVA courses. In the previous year, he authored courses for 20412C (Advanced Services in Windows Server 2012 R2), 20417C (Upgrading Skills to Windows Server 2012 R2), 20341A (Exchange Server 2013 Core Solutions), 20342A (Exchange Server 2013 Advanced Solutions) and 40005C/40006C (First Look Clinic with Hands On Lab for Windows Server 2012 R2). Currently he works as an author on a high availability course on Windows platform. He occasionally works as an official evaluator for new Microsoft courses.
In the past eight years, he also was engaged as a manager and chief systems designer on very significant project implementations of Microsoft technologies for enterprise customers in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Some of the projects he worked on are implementations of Exchange Server as a business mail system for BH Telecom, migration of mail infrastructure of EPBIH to Exchange Sever 2010, the implementation of identity management solutions for the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the implementation of PKI solutions for Intesa Sanpaolo Bank, the implementation of identity management solutions for BH Telecom, and the implementation of the System Center platform for EPBIH.
In addition, he has been working for 15 years now as one of the editors of BiH IT magazine INFO where he has published more than 400 technical articles, and he writes for the notable Windows ITPro Magazine. He also blogs about Microsoft Server products and Microsoft Learning on a regular base.
“Being an MVP gave me the opportunity to connect with other people with similar interests in other countries, and to expand my knowledge sharing even beyond the borders of my country. In addition, the MVP status gives me the chance to interact closely with people from Microsoft product groups and by that to expand my knowledge and share that knowledge in community work. Besides, the MVP status provides me with great visibility and recognition wherever I go to deliver presentations,” explained Damir.
“I’ve been organizing and delivering MVP Roadshow events two years in a row. In 2012/2013, I delivered six MVP Roadshow events in Sarajevo (Bosnia) and Belgrade (Serbia). These events were devoted to Windows Server 2012. So far this year I’ve delivered three Cloud OS Roadshow events, mostly focused on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure. Local community members in both Bosnia and Serbia paid huge interest to these events, so we organized repeated events to host all the people who wanted to come,” Damir continued “Even now, dozens of people are on the waiting lists, so I sincerely hope I will be able to organize and deliver more Cloud OS events during the year. These events are a great idea for providing people with up-to-date information on Microsoft technologies and strategies.”
“Each moment when I see that people who listen to my presentations actually understand and learn something new is very special to me. I feel great when I get positive feedback from the attendees and when I help them to solve some problems, or to learn something new that will help them to improve their skills or their business. These moments are definitely something that I value most of all,” Damir concluded.