While this announcement is a little delayed, I am happy to finally announce that as of October 2004, I have left Microsoft Corporation.  Even though I am leaving Microsoft, I am my no means leaving the Microsoft CRM space.  To the contrary, Microsoft CRM will be a core competency of the company I am joining.

After spending 3 ½ long years (these where not 40 hour work weeks) as a lead of the Microsoft Application Team, I am joining the management team of
Invoke Systems as Director of Software Development.  One of my primary goals will be to build a team of top-notch Microsoft CRM and custom web application developers that will be focused on developing custom web-based or MSCRM-based solutions for our clients.

While at Microsoft I was a key development lead and software developer on Microsoft CRM v1.0, v1.2 and about 2/3's of CRM 2005.  Along with me; Jason Hunt and Shannon Hunt (also of the MSCRM Team) are also moving to Invoke Systems.  Together we represent the most experienced Microsoft CRM development team outside of Microsoft.

Returning to Invoke Systems definitely feels like a homecoming, I first joined the parent of Invoke Systems almost 8 years ago.  Later, Invoke actually funded and spun-off iCommunciate which was purchased by Microsoft in April, 2001; which is how I came to work for Microsoft.

I will continue to post on my blog and the CRM newsgroups as time permits.

Aaron Elder
Invoke Systems
Director of Software Development
aaron.elder@invokesystems.com

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