I think I mentioned that my team, this year, is supporting strategic dev centers with competitive research and programs (I know...you have no idea what that means). Anyway, I am learning as much as I can, as fast as I can, about the 6 development cetners we are going to focus on this year. Of course, our development center in Beijing is one of them.

The Seattle Times did this story on Ya-Qin Zhang, who leads our China office. I had no idea of his background. At 12 years old, I think I was skateboarding and talking on the phone. He was in college. Anyway, it looks like the Times is doing China-related stories because of the Olympics. I am so excited for the games. First of all, I love the spirit of competition (especially the stories....Dara Torres rocks). Plus it will be interesting to see the changes in Beijing since I was there in 1997. I imagine that they are dramatic, not only in preparation for the Olympics but due to the change in the business/cultural climate as briefly desribed in the article.

So I hope to have more to tell you about our dev centers. I plan on making a trip this year to at least one of them. Right now, my brain hurts from the mental download on 6 new (to me) locations when I have been supporting Redmond for 9 years. Totally excited.