Learn on Demand Systems Director of Business Development, Kyle Rosenthal has been named one of the ten Microsoft Ignite Community Reporters for 2019. Each year Microsoft chooses “10 dynamic and talented professionals (within and beyond the MVP/RD community) serving as Community Reporters,” a writer on the Ignite blog posts. “Leading up to Orlando, they’ll be sharing tips and tricks for navigating Microsoft Ignite (e.g., what to pack, how to prepare, etc.) and a sneak peek into what they’ll be covering on the week-long Microsoft Ignite Live stream.” 

Since he will be interviewing others during Ignite, we decided to interview him.

1. What drove you to pursue a career in tech?

I always had an interest in technology, although, I started off with a Radio Shack MC-10 with a tape drive attached to it! I liked taking things apart, seeing how they worked and then putting them back together and learning about the next thing. While I started off taking physical things apart, now I take them apart metaphorically, breaking down technology to understandable components and then building up the bigger picture.

2. How long have you been a Microsoft MVP? 

I have been awarded 13 years now! Each and every year is a surprise and an honour.

3. What does being a Microsoft MVP mean to you?

Being an MVP is not something that you can study for, it is something that you earn and are awarded. To me, it is recognizing something that I truly work at – giving back to the community that has given me so much!

4. You’ve received one of only 10 coveted roles as a community reporter. What are you most excited about?

It is a new role for me – it will be pushing the boundaries of my comfort zone in some way but I am really looking forward to meeting new people, having new experiences and being able to show the world all of Ignite. It will be a new way to be able to give back to the community and hopefully introduce new concepts and learn new things!

5. Is there any one you are dying to interview and why?

There are so many people in our industry that have had an impact on my career – I would love to interview Mark Russinovich – he is truly a Rockstar in the IT world.

6. Has there ever been a moment when you’ve thought – hmm maybe I’m not as technical as I thought I was?

Ha! So many times! I only recently learnt the name for it – Imposter Syndrome – I have that in spades a times. I surround myself on a weekly basis with people who are specialists in their field.  I specialize a little, however I am mostly an IT Pro generalist which means that when I speak to folks who are truly in the weeds for particular subjects, then I know I am not as technical as I thought.  However, on the plus side that is also when you learn the most. I know when to be quiet and just take it in!

7. Most embarrassing tech moment?

One that I always think of was when I spent 30 min trying to get a mouse to work on a desktop computer – uninstalling drivers, reinstalling drivers, troubleshooting, rebooting, unplugging and plugging in the mouse – all with no success. Then I bumped the other mouse that was on my desk. I learned from that though – always check your surroundings for success.