I started at Microsoft in July 2007 as a program manager. My new job also required re-locating to Washington state. This is a big change for a native New Yorker but that is a story for a different time. Right now I want to share some of my experiences working at Microsoft and a call to action for developers reading this post.
Fast Paced Environment Focused on Productivity
I am privileged to travel about 20% of the year attending interoperability plugfests, conferences and meeting with customers and partners face to face. My friends and family think I travel "all the time" so they assume I work "all the time." Thankfully Microsoft is very flexible with work hours, offers great tele-commuting options, and provides me with all the tools to be productive wherever I am. Achieving ideal work-life balance is possible but it requires owning my calendar:
These are common sense tips that help optimize my time and enable me to focus on the really exciting work we do day in and day out. This is important as we accelerate time to value for our customers by embracing an incredible foundation from which to grow:
"At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world. We will reinvent productivity to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more." - Satya Nadella
Broad Impact Within Microsoft and Across the Industry
In the storage management space, we work across multiple teams throughout Microsoft including:
Externally we meet with customers multiple times throughout the year on the phone and in person. In addition we work with several storage partners:
…to name a few of our partners
Interoperability testing is very important to Microsoft. We dedicate about 6 weeks out of the year to various plugfests to ensure Microsoft products and solutions work well with the large ecosystem of storage devices. Plugfests run by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) are the most important for my team. Microsoft's investment in standards based management for storage is based on the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S). SMI is the consortium of companies that works on SMI-S and SMILab hosts plugfests. Plugfest has grown in popularity with over 70 attendees from 19 companies this past May. The latest report is available on here: http://snia.org/sites/default/files/May2014SMI-LabPlugfestReport.pdf
Work on Solutions for a Cloud-First World
In System Center, storage management investments span deployment, configuration, monitoring, and remediation scenarios primarily focused on virtualized environments running Hyper-V and enhanced by services in Azure:
As the team's scope expands, we need to grow our development team. If you're looking for a career at Microsoft, the opportunity to learn about building software for enterprises and services for the public cloud, prototype exciting new innovations, contribute to standards bodies, present to internal teams at conferences and customers publically, then we want you to join our team. We have a developer position open in Silicon Valley. Check out this great opportunity: https://careers.microsoft.com/jobdetails.aspx?ss=&pg=0&so=&rw=1&jlang=EN&pp=SS&jid=140395
"Across Microsoft, we will obsess over reinventing productivity and platforms. We will relentlessly focus on and build great digital work and life experiences with specific focus on dual use. Our cloud OS infrastructure, device OS and first-party hardware will all build around this core focus and enable broad ecosystems. Microsoft will light up digital work and life experiences in the most personal, intelligent, open and empowering ways." - Satya Nadella
Cool blog post Hector!