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July to November - where did it go?

July to November - where did it go?

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I’ve been writing this blog for a number of years now, and I don’t think I’ve ever had such a barren spell of posts.  You have to look back to the 15th July for the last real post on Microsoft technology, and frankly, I’m disappointed and embarrassed! So much has happened since July.  I flew out to the US right at the end of July for our annual internal technical conference, which effectively involves many Microsoft people from across the globe learning about the latest and greatest Microsoft technologies, both released, and upcoming.  The best way to think about it is like an internal TechEd, minus the confidential stuff obviously.  I spent a large amount of my time in System Center sessions, as for me, System Center is going to be the key to the Dynamic Datacenter, the Optimised Datacenter, or, the Private Cloud.  Some of the things I saw, across products like Opalis and Service Manager, I thought, were absolutely fantastic, yet still to this day I just haven’t had time to get them installed in my lab – shocking!  Aside from the absorption of technical information (think plugging into the Matrix) there is inevitably the copious amount of shopping, especially from the UK guys.  I’m yet to find anyone who’s actually bought the Abercrombie and Fitch after shave/cologne, but all you see around the office in the weeks after the conference are people in A&F!

Post July, one of the chaps in our team decided to move on to pastures new, and we have literally just hired the new head to replace him, but in the meantime, his workload, and work with his Partners had to be distributed, and because he looked after System Center, and Management & Virtualisation are so inherently linked, it came over to me.  Nightmare!  Still – that’s what I love about this role – the immersion in technology.  I’m one of those people who needs to understand a technology fully before I can talk about and explain it to others.  Hyper-V is one of those technologies, however System Center, especially with some of the newer technologies, is a new learning ground for me, so it’s been all hands to the pumps since then both learning, and presenting!

Both VMworld’s came and went, and Citrix Synergy, Microsoft’s TechEd, and more are just around the corner, and you can bet your bottom dollar there will be plenty of announcements coming soon, especially in relation to my newly adopted technologies in the System Center suite.  It’s been an incredibly exciting and fast moving couple of months, technology wise, and I’ll certainly be trying to keep up on the blog, fingers crossed!


I’ve got a whopping 99 items in my Newsletter/Blog folder, excluding this one, some of which is so old now, that if I posted it here, you’d start to question my sanity, especially if you keep up with technology news on a daily basis, however there will be instances where I do post some of the older stuff, because chances are, somebody, somewhere, will be looking for that, and in my view, every little helps.  Plus, then I can remove it from my Newsletter/Blog folder!

  • Having spent some time with Matt last week, he underplays just how powerful the system centre story is, until you've seen service desk and opalis, you only think you know how powerful system centre is!

    if you've not seen it yet, you have got some treats to come!!!

    nice work Matt

  • Hey Matt,

    I thought you left Microsoft and that’s why I haven’t seen any blogs for a while. Well just to let you know that I am grateful that isn’t the case. Seeing and doing more Hyper-V and SCVMM deployments and your blogs come into hand a lot. Any chance of you writing a book on Hyper-V R2 while you are at it, the first release is way out of date.

    Jude Clermont

  • Thanks Jude - I appreciate your comments!  I'd love to write a book, but I just don't think I'd have the time, plus, I doubt my manager would give me sign off to do it! ;-)

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