December, 2009

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    Read and Recommended: Striving for Greatness in All You Do


    Recently I ran across an article about doing research and it affected so much that I wanted to share with you all. I would call this a required reading for any developer/engineer out there. The article is A Stroke of Genius: Striving for Greatness in All You Do written by R.W. Hamming. Yes, the same Hamming who invented the Hamming code.

    In the article Hamming spends a lots of time on choosing the right problem which is often overlooked by many (I’m no exception). This is especially true for developers (engineers) who can easily get excited by new technology and spend a lot of time on it without realizing if they’re solving a meaningful problem.

    The very crucial idea that Hamming addresses (at the end though) is “Selling”. Developers and engineers usually don’t care about Selling but if you don’t sell your idea, no body is going to believe it or buy it. It’s not an easy thing but you have to push yourselves out of your comfort zone to make progress. It was one of the best things I discovered taking up the Technical Evangelist role at Microsoft where it’s not just good enough to come up with the best code or solution; Being able to communicate and sell your ideas to others is the thing that defines your success.

    One thing I would like you to take away minimally from the article is:

    “Remember you have but one life to live”.

  • Girish Raja's Blog

    xRM Acceleration Lab from 12/14/09 - 12/18/09 in Chicago


    <Cross-posting from Sanjay Jain’s blog entry>


    We are ready to host our 1st xRM Acceleration Lab from 14th Dec’09 to 18th Dec’09 at Microsoft Technology Center, Chicago, IL. This is an exclusive event tailored for leading industry ISVs. We would cover Executive Briefing (EB), Architecture Design Sessions (ADS), and Proof of Concept (POC) with the help of your team, on-site Microsoft experts, and off-shore development team, plus you would have access to Microsoft Dynamics Executives, all in one week.

    I’ll be participating in this event as an advisor for one of the ISV teams. We did a couple of events last year similar to this focused around startups called the CRM Incubation Week, however this time around working with leading ISVs will be a different experience and we’ll be blogging more about these on-site and will share our findings and experiences with the community.

    If you have any more ideas for events like these or would like to conduct one of these events in your area, please let us know.

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