Ready or not, it is time once more to Reconnect! For this week’s edition, we are joined by none other than two-time MVP Adnan Rafique!
Hailing from New Jersey, USA, Adnan is a multitalented IT leader who specializes in cloud security and governance, digital transformation, project management, IT leadership and problem-solving. With more than 20 years of experience, Adnan has delivered highly complex projects including cloud migrations for Fortune 500 companies.
Another recent project of Adnan’s relates to modernizing security operations centers using AI and ML. “And with the COVID-19 situation,” Adnan says, “we can’t ignore identity and access protection control.”
Adnan - who is a passionate and regular public speaker - continues to take part in Reconnect events. Most recently, for example, he was a speaker and producer at the M365 Virtual Marathon held in May.
“For me, [Reconnect] is a learning opportunity, and being connected with like-minded people in itself is an amazing resource,” Adnan says.
“Speaking is a passion for me, and I can’t stop myself doing it. Why? Because sharing knowledge helps me to learn more and also builds an unseen connection with my audience."
Adnan looks back fondly at his time as an MVP, especially co-organizing the Azure Bootcamp for M365 UG in Iselin, New Jersey. “Being an MVP is something that you love doing,” Adnan advises to program newcomers. “This is the same as your lifestyle -- let it grow organically. You will be awarded automatically.”
Going forward, Adnan says he is excited to become more productive with automation, artificial intelligence, machine learning and machine teaching. For more on Adnan, check out his blog or Twitter @iMentorCloud