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Sunday - Surprise
The wiki was just beginning when I joined Microsoft back in December of 2009. When I first heard about the wiki, when of my first thoughts was “in all the years that I ran www.isaserver.org no one ever mentioned that we should have a wiki. Indeed, I never thought about a wiki for site – and the site was very successful. So, when I was confronted with the idea of a wiki on the Microsoft TechNet site, I was a big naysayer and came up with a number of arguments for why the TechNet wiki would not be a success.
Well, I am here to say that most of the arguments and positions I took at the time are wrong – or at least not as right as I thought they were. Some of my concerns at the time included:
So what are some examples of the high quality content you can find on the wiki and no where else?
Reference Architecture for Private Cloud
Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG) 2010 Troubleshooting Survival Guide
Recommendations for Installing, Sizing, Deploying, and Maintaining a BizTalk Server Solution
and many more!
If I read the tea leaves correctly and stare at the crystal ball long enough – I begin to see visions of the future in the TechNet wiki. Instead of the walled-off approach we take here at Microsoft to creating content and placing it into the TechNet Library, in the future we will begin creating our content on the TechNet wiki in partnership with the Microsoft writers, with the Product Groups and with the Microsoft customer community as a whole. From the very beginning, Microsoft’s customers and partners will be able to evaluate the information we plan to roll out and help us decide if its what they need. This will enable Microsoft to give you what you need from the very start – and not waste cycles on creating content that doesn’t help you meet your personal, professional and business objectives.
I also see a future where the community will work together with Microsoft to maintain and update the content. There are plenty of you who are very passionate about one or more Microsoft products and technologies. Wouldn’t be great if you and fellow devotees of that product or technology cloud work together to update the content as more information comes in? The community as a whole benefits from your on-the-job insights and free up time for Microsoft writers to work with the product groups to get even more information out there for you – information that Microsoft might not have been able to share with you in the past because there just wasn’t enough time.
Bottom line: I was wrong about the wiki and the fact is that the TechNet wiki is a BIG community win! I’m looking forward to working with many of you in the future and I know that many of my colleagues feel the same way. It’s a new world of openness and collaboration over here at Microsoft and the wiki is just one of the many initiatives where that openness shines though.
Tom Shinder firstname.lastname@example.org Principal Knowledge Engineer, SCD iX Solutions Group Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tshinder Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tshinder
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