It's good to be back...

It's good to be back...

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After a long time away from my blog I have decided to return to the blogsphere.  Why return and why now? I hear you ask..

Well there are a couple of things.

1) I was recently asked about blogging by a close friend who was looking for ways to express ideas and interact with peers for feedback but wanted a way that was flexible to fit in with an already hectic work/life.  Networking is often a good way to do this, but can be time consuming and requires 1:1 or 1:few meetings.  What if you could do 1:Everyone conversations?  What if you could converse in this way while on the train, at home or even from your mobile phone? This conversation rapidly turned to the idea of blogging and as I expressed the benefits I realised I had been missing this form of interaction myself for way to long.  So this is the reason why..

2) The reason for why now.. well that's a longer story.  So long story short (as they say in America)...  I recently returned from the Microsoft Professional Developer conference in LA and even though I am considered a veteran in IT (having worked in IT for over 20 years now you get the nice prefix of veteran) I was totally blown away with the work going into Windows Azure, Visual Studio 2010 and the tools to develop the next wave of solutions, Windows 7 looks like a real winner (even at this pre pre pre beta stage) and future technologies being created by our Research and Development groups.  These are exciting times and I'm inspired to write about them.

Later today and tomorrow I will be presenting at North West Regional Partner events in Manchester and the Midlands.  These will be some of the first events in the UK to share information about some of the new opportunities the changes in technology will bring to our customers and partners.

Questions and Resources will be posted following the events so check back soon...

James Akrigg

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