Hi everyone! Its been a long time since I last blogged – embarrassing to be any more specific about how long – but I’m back at it again.
Several month ago, I took on a new role at Microsoft: Director of TechNet.
In the past, I have had several functional leadership roles around MSDN and TechNet (Planning, BI, Marketing), but now I’m actually accountable for what kind of experience you have on the TechNet site. The buck stops with me, so to speak, and I’m really excited about this new job.
One of the top priorities we have for TechNet is to make it more responsive to and reflective of topics, issues, and events in the IT community – ultimately, a “hub” for those same things – and not just a site for online product documentation.
Towards that goal, today, we did something very different on TechNet to reflect the big TechEd event in Los Angeles this week. We changed the site masthead to reflect the green branding of the event …
…and we added a new editorial “box” on the homepage to keep people up-to-date on the latest TechEd news and events. Myself and a teammate will even be trying to “report live” from the event.
This, of course, is just one thing for one event, but over time, its our goal to make TechNet and all its main TechCenters much more relevant by better integrating people, knowledge, resources, news, and events from the IT community.
So, yes! We know there is an event going on in LA. And we also know there’s a whole lot more going on every day out there - in the IT community - and we’d like to be a bigger part of it.
If you are at TechEd and would like to hook up, email me through the blog or hit me up on Twitter (johmar). If you’re not, but still have some feedback, leave me a comment!