In February this year I have joined the ranks of Microsoft UK as a technical pre-sales guy after working as an independent consultant for about 7 years (and as a developer of kind for several years before that).
Prior to joining Microsoft I've been working almost exclusively with BizTalk from the early stages of BizTalk Server 2000 and all the way through to BizTalk Server 2010 and so it made perfect sense for me to join the ‘Application Platform' team responsible as a technical specialist for BizTalk Server.
One of the (many) reasons that led me to join Microsoft is my belief that the IT world, and with many businesses, are going through a big shift with cloud technologies maturing and becoming mainstream and it became clear to me that it is time for a change; I've been doing pretty much the same thing for a long time, and I wanted to do something new, and I could not think of a more interesting space to be in than Cloud Computing and a better company in this space than Microsoft. I really wanted to get closer Windows Azure
Turns out that I played my cards right, and shortly after joining (as an integration technical specialist) the Application Platform team in which I work had taken ownership of the Windows Azure in Microsoft UK and I was asked to work with our enterprise customers to help them leverage the platform.
From a Microsoft perspective this change of ownership simply reflects the fact that the technology had matured and is now absolutely ‘mainstream’, and of course – highlights the fact that it is an integral part of Microsoft’s Application Platform.
From my perspective it is a huge opportunity to work with a fantastic technology and help companies harness the cloud to their success.
And so with this new start I decided it is time to start a new blog, as my work with Sabra Ltd and my rambling in blog.sabratech.co.uk are associated closely with my previous persona it could get quite confusing.
It is hard to tell how this new blog of mine will shape up, how often I will get to write and what it would be about. only time would tell. but my hope is that as my role as a technical pre-sale guy sits firmly between business, IT and development, I will get to cover many angles of this cloud thing.