My blogging has been on hiatus because of a lot of traveling these past few weeks. I've logged over 12,000 miles in two weeks and all my clocks are on different time zones. As I pickup the the pieces of the train-wreck that is my inbox these next few days, I thought a quick post about what's been going on in my life is in order.
Thank You Barcelona
Presenting at TechED - IT Forum has been one of the most rewarding things in my career so far. I co-presented a consumer session called Vista After Hours with my friend Matt McSpirit. We went in with the intention to not just inform the audience about "Microsoft's vision around consumer technologies," *marketing speak* but rather educate, enlighten, and inspire a seemingly boring group of business IT Pros about how cool Windows technology really is! So what did we find out from this presumably dull group? Well the reality is that IT Pros are really an excitable bunch if treated with an ounce of respect and humility. See the comments and scores for yourself *we are the RED*.
So a BIG thank you for all of your support guys, I have a feeling the organizer will be listening.
After Tech-Ed I was lucky enough to do some touristy stuff in Barcelona before heading out to India for a religious festival. Barcelona is an interesting city in that the people are a mix of various world cultures. The locals, for one, have an amazing sense of fashion and at times made me feel I was back home in LA. The food is also an order magnitude better than what can be found in most parts of the UK and even Europe, though vegetarians be wary. The people are also pretty nice though they do partly take after the French with their occasional Spanish "snootiness".
After Barcelona, I spent a week in Ahmedabad, India for a week long religious festival with my family. Lessoned learned in this: DON'T GO TO INDIA FOR ONLY FIVE DAYS. Traveling to India from the US or UK is a nightmare. Don't get me wrong I had a lot of fun and would go back in a heartbeat, but I wouldn't exactly classify the trip as a vacation, rather an experience.
What's Next on the Calendar?
At present I'm in Falkirk, Scotland on the road for the TechNet roadshow. On Thursday, I'll be in Manchester, then Reading, then London. On December 4th, I'll be giving a strategic keynote presentation at Information Management Summit 2007 in London around the future of enterprise content management. After all this stuff, to be honest, I have no clue what's on my calendar *TPS reports*
Nice job Viral!
Hey Viral, I'm not surprised to see so much positive feedback for Vista After Hours at IT Forum (unfortunately I missed it to catch my flight home, but I saw James and Matt present it in Newcastle). The consumer stuff may not be the core business of the conference, but from a technology evangelism point of view it's a great place for Microsoft to present it. Your self-selecting audience for that session is going to be made up of the IT Pros who are most enthusiastic about that sort of technology and they will typically not only support the IT of their respective companies, but also the IT support (and even technology evangelist) for their friends and family.