Software Engineering, Project Management, and Effectiveness
While researching some cloud topics, I came across a nice resource on TechNet called How Microsoft IT Does It.
It’s an insider’s look showcasing how our Microsoft IT department plans for, deploys, and manages our enterprise solutions across the business lines using our Microsoft product and technology platforms.
Here is a roundup of the cloud-focused resources.
While hunting and gathering cloud-related white papers, I found a nice collection of our Windows Azure white papers:
For more whitepapers, see the Windows Azure Home at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsazure/whitepapers/default.aspx
If you know of some great Windows Azure or cloud-related whitepapers, please share in the comments.
If you haven’t seen it, TechNet has a Cloud Scenarios Hub.
I like the focus on scenarios – it’s a great way to bring together a problem and a solution in context, while pulling together all the relevant guidance. It’s a focusing anchor-point in action.
Here’s a quick tour of the scenarios they have so far …
Public Cloud Scenarios
See the Public Cloud Scenarios Hub.
Private Cloud Scenarios
See the Private Cloud Scenarios Hub.
Some folks have asked me how is my new role on the Microsoft Enterprise Strategy team different from my old role on the patterns & practices team.
The short answer is … focus and scope of impact.
Here are some additional quick thoughts …
That said, a lot of things are still the same. I’m still focused on sharing and scaling expertise. I’m still focused on principles, patterns, and practices. I’m still hunting and gathering proven practices. In this case, it’s really all about patterns & practices for Enterprise Strategy.
My three main priorities right now are:
To make Enterprise Strategy more “executable” and to pave the way for prescriptive guidance, I’m in the process of building out a backlog of user stories for doing Enterprise Strategy engagements.
Separately, but related, I’m also building out a backlog of user stories for Cloud Strategy. I’ll share those in the near future, both for feedback and to share the most effective way I’ve found to share user stories with many people in an iterative and incremental way.