Interview with an Azure MVP and Wiki Ninja - George Chrysovalantis Grammatikos

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George Chrysovalantis Grammatikos is an Azure Cloud Architect and Microsoft MVP. He has more than 10 years experience in different technologies like BI & SQL Server Professional level solutions, Azure technologies, networking, security etc. He writes technical blogs for his blog "," TechNet Wiki articles and also participates in discussions on TechNet and other technical blogs.

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Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?

Hi Ninjas and everyone reading this interview. My name is George Chrysovalantis Grammatikos, I was born and raised in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. Currently I am in the third decade of my life (34). The timeline of my professional career is a bit different from the average career progress in IT.

My first steps in the world of IT were made in Hardware - I was a PC production engineer for one of the biggest manufacturers here in Greece (unfortunately this company has ceased to exist for years nowL). In the next years, I worked as a Technical Consultant for several companies who were cooperating with Greek Software Houses. After working a couple of years as a Support Engineer, one of the best periods in my career began when I started using SQL Server and Data Migration Solutions. And…. after all these different positions and technologies, I started working with the one that I’m in love, and of course it has to do with Microsoft Azure’s amazing and particularly useful services ;) !!! In my current position, I’m an Azure MVP, working as an Azure Cloud Architect, holding the MCSA title (70-533, 70-534) and my dream is to expand my knowledge in everything (existing or new) Azure has to offer.

As for my personal interests, I love travelling, reading history books and tech articles (particularly about Azure technologies), writing articles in TechNet wiki and for my personal blog, and consulting new people in the world of Ms Azure.

What are your big projects right now?

Currently I’m learning about Azure Cognitive Services, e.g. Azure BOT, LUIS etc. and finding a way to integrate them into my current company.

I am also studying for AZ-300, AZ-301 and the AZ-400 exam for Azure DevOps Solutions (when it becomes GA).

Last but not least, one of my biggest project right now is working in the TechNet Wiki community. My objective is to create demos with the most of the offered services in Azure Cloud and write practical posts, which help someone make their first steps in this “magic world”.


What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?

TechNet Wiki is one of the biggest chapters in my life, not just in my professional career.  As the Wiki in Hawaiian means “fast, quick” , it is a knowledge base in which someone can find information about different MS Technologies and more. There are many practical guides helping IT Pros, Devs, DevOps in their daily life at work, and also there are professional articles to read and expand one’s knowledge.


What do you do with TechNet Wiki, and how does that fit into the rest of your job?

I’m writing Wiki articles and answering in the TechNet forums. TechNet Community fits 100% in my job, because when I need to learn about MS Technologies I search and always find the answer.


What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?

What intrigued me is that I found technical articles about different technologies with quality content. It is very important that those who write are MS employees, MVPs, and professionals who are experts in the specific field, providing excellent content. Also, in this part I want to share my own experience, because when I started writing Wiki Posts I was making a lot of mistakes, and I found people that helped me to improve - so a shout out to Peter Geelen and Ronen Ariely for helping me in all this.


In what other sites and communities do you contribute your technical knowledge?

I spend most time in TechNet (Wiki, Forums), but I’m also a contributor in StackOverflow and ServerFault. The technologies that I mainly follow are in Azure (Storage, Compute, Network, etc.) and SQL Server.

What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?


Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?

I have some tips based on the problems I faced in my first steps in TechNet wiki.

  • Always keep a copy of the HTML code of the article
  • A free tool that would be very helpful for the HTML coding offline, is MS Expression Web 4
  • If someone wants to get points from TechNet Wiki, he must be patient and it may take a long time, but eventually he will be rewarded for his article.
  • If he hasn’t written a TechNet Wiki article before, he should check the existing articles, there are a lot of great posts.

I also want to point out some very interesting posts that I read when I started contributing in TechNet wiki:

  1. Wiki: How to Contribute Content to TechNet Wiki
  2. Wiki: Before you post your article - Quick check list
  3. Wiki: How to Write your First Article
  4. Wiki: What Makes a Great Wiki Article



Thank you, George, for all your community contributions! You have a great range of knowledge in Azure and SQL Server!

Everyone, please join me in thanking George for everything he's done for the community!


TechNet Wiki: For the community and by the community.

- Ninja Ed