I would like to share this with you, as well as having our own blogs we have access to an industry insiders blog.  This inables you to share information that you are passionate about that you think my benifit the community.  The blog gets about 96,000 hits a month which is an excelent way to reach a large audience.

To contribute to this initiative, all you have to do is to send the relevant cluster owner an article on a topic that interests you and is relevant to real world experiences.   Have a look at other articles in the blog for an idea of content. The important thing is its real world, and written by a non Microsoft person who is actually in the industry…   Feel free to contact me if you have any ideas.

Industry Insiders

We would like to forge closer links with a small number of technology specialists to provide them with more personal support from Microsoft, visibility for their organisations, skills and expertise in the industry and the ability to network with their like minded peers. To this end have created the Industry Insiders program  The main elements of the program are:

Ownership

In the UK, the “IT Pro” team is split into clusters with specific Microsoft technical evangelists as owners of each cluster:

Messaging /Interoperability / Management   Eileen Brown  

Eileenb@microsoft.com   http://blogs.technet.com/eileen_brown/

Platform (Windows / AD)  James O’Neill  jamesone@microsoft.com

Data     Melville Thomson  Melvillt@microsoft.com    http://blogs.technet.com/melville/

Security   Steve Lamb   stephlam@microsoft.com   http://blogs.technet.com/steve_lamb/

They will be your contact point and interface for your part of the insider program. 

Visibility

The main way the Insiders will be visible is through Microsoft.com. The concept is to have a shared blog in each technology cluster which provides information onto community pages of Microsoft.com for that cluster. It will be similar to the way in which http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/community/default.mspx currently operates, although this as you will see this is fed from Microsoft employees and MVPs currently. There is currently no equivalent for external industry experts to be able to contribute in this way which is what we are trying to address with the Insiders program. In the future we will promote the Insiders program via Technet Flash, Newsletters etc.

Action

Could you please provide a Biograhy and an article for the site either by email to the technology cluster owner or to insideuk@microsoft.com .  The article should be short (1-2 pages) and on a topic that will be of interest to technical decision makers in your cluster with no sales material!  Typically anything which you work with regularly, know and feel comfortable writing a short blog-style article about.

If you know anyone who would be interested in participating and has the right type of profile then could you ask them to contact the relevant cluster owner accordingly?