Being an evangelist...

Being an evangelist...

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I recently got a question fromn a reader who wanted to know what an evangelist does and how to become one. Here's my reply. I guess it's by no means complete but it's how I view my job...

A technology evangelist is someone who engages with customers, partners and
influential people in the IT community to share with them the message on
products, platform, vision, strategy.

So what do I do? I...
- speak at conferences about newest technologies.
- visit customers and partners on-site to showcase new technologies and to
identify how they fit in their solutions
- run programs like the Beta Experience (gather content from multiple
locations like product teams at Corp)
- take responsibility for content of events like Tech Ed (own part of the
agenda there)
- make sure that Microsoft employees understand the value of the to be
released products
- ...

At Microsoft, we have evangelists for all types of audiences: Developer
evangelists, Architect evangelists, IT Pro evangelists, Designer
Evangelists.

Which characteristics/skills are important for an evangelist?
- Passionate about software
- Good at conversations (speaking AND listening)
- Able to drive a program (plan AND execute)

So how does one become an evangelist?
1. get real life experience in a field (dev, architecture, system
administration)
2. engage in the community, get visible (user groups, news groups, events,
blogs)
3. apply for a job :-)

  • Great!  Apply to where?
  • This is a good start for jobs outside of the US: http://members.microsoft.com/careers/international.htm

    Also check out for the Europe/Middle East and Africa Headquarters. For jobs in EMEA HQ, you can typically live in any of the approved locations (Brussels, Londen, Paris, Amsterdam, Madrid, Zurich,Copenhagen, Milan, Munich...and I might miss one or two).
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