The "heroes" that run a little operation called microsoft.com have started a forum to exchange info with IT Pros worldwide. I had my reservations about the marketing folks going with the "heroes" theme for launch. Not because IT Pros are not unsung heroes, just 'cause most of them I know don't think of themselves that way. Most of them do what they do in order to help others get all they can out of technology.
By pretty much any measure though, it doesn't get much more alpha-IT Pro than operations at microsoft.com.
Check out their new forum. In their own words, here's what you'll find:
"engineers who design, architect, deploy, manage, and sustain highly available, scalable, and secure on-line infrastructures based on Internet Information Services (IIS), SQL Server, and other Microsoft technologies. The major properties supported are www.microsoft.com, Microsoft® Update, Microsoft Download Center, MSDN® and TechNet.We want to engage in real-world engineering discussions and share our experiences that have resulted from running some of the largest and most heavily visited sites on the Internet."
These guys are awesome. The kimono don't get more open than this folks.
You are not alone, my co-workers and I dont understand the heroes-launch theme either. And we dont think the cartoons are funny, perhaps we are just too old and grumpy?
The marketing people can be gratefull that we think that we know enough about the new products to know that they are better than what we already have deployed and that we are naive enough to hope that new problems dont bite us later (eventhough we really should know better).
Microsoft Server and Tools business would be in trouble if the products only were sold with marketing-campaigns and no access to beta-software for the technicians.