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Business. Architecture. Technology. Strategy.

February, 2009

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About Beyond | IT

I joined Microsoft in June 2006 as a Platform Strategy Advisor.  I approach the intersection of business and technology as a business person first, and a technologist second.  This blog is a place to share my passion for how technology can enable business and IT strategy, and how businesses can use technology to enable people to achieve the results that really matter in their lives. 

In years past, I've held a variety of strategic technical and business roles at Ford Motor Company.  Prior to joining Ford in 2000, I was a public sector consultant focused on preventing the type of election debacle that later happened in Florida in 2000.    Before that, I served as Director of Elections for Douglas County, Washington, USA, where we conducted the first all mail-in ballot federal election in the United States. 

Beyond strategy and technology in general, other related passions include systems thinking, continuous learning, global business, and innovation. 

 

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    Tweet-length definition of Windows Azure

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    Mary Jo Foley has the first of a series today on how Windows Azure came to be.  A great “behind the scenes” look at how Microsoft’s “Windows in the cloud” got started… before even Bill Gates knew about it.  Definitely worth a look in its own...
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    A “physical Amazon” – is that an oxymoron?

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    Came across something really interesting from OnDemandBooks today (warning: site needs compatibility view in IE8 to render). These guys have an intriguing device called Espresso Book Machine (EBM for short).  Essentially, it’s an ATM for books. ...
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    Getting your next yacht with Microsoft Surface – more news

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    Some additional news today about getting your next Lazzara Yacht with Microsoft Surface (see here for original post ).  There are really two parts to this story: Lazzara’s announcement marks the first time Microsoft Surface is being made available...
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    First Microsoft Surface retailer unveiled – order now!

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    Yep, you can now buy your own Microsoft Surface – complete with custom wood enclosure to match your decor. Oh yeah, it comes attached to its own Lazzara Yacht , like this beautiful new LSX75 Fly! Lazzara Yachts made the announcement at the 20th Annual...
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    Whither Techno-Religion?

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    First, the News. Moonlight 1.0 is officially released, Miguel de Icaza announced on his blog recently . Moonlight is an open source implementation of Silverlight for Linux and Unix clients. (Linux and Unix servers can already serve the Silverlight, of...
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    Learn the Azure Services Platform with these practical, free little videos

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    If a picture is worth a thousand words, then at 30 fps, the “How Do I…” video series on the Azure Services Platform should be good for a library full of worth of Azure Services Platform goodness! Indeed, that’s just the idea: to create a video library...
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    Sara Ford writes tips, and Scott Cate screencasts them

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    Very cool idea!  Check out Scott’s site and some cool Visual Studio tips screencasts.  You could almost say, authored by Sara Ford and performed by Scott Cate!  :)  BTW, you can stream the tip, or download the video file.  Nice...
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    Make a cool game, win fame and fortune

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    Make a cool Silverlight game, and you could win $5000. Plus, get featured in ServerQuest II! More details here . What is ServerQuest, you ask? Technorati Tags: Silverlight , games
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    Kylie’s a PC, too

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    Cute video of Kylie, 4 1/2, using Window Live Photo Gallery to send a digital photo off a camera, enhance it, and then email it to her family.  Was wondering when we’d see the next installment of the “I’m a PC” campaign.   This clip is...
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    Get the Mesh Video Player

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    Brian Gorbett has a good post about how he built a Meshified video player .  What’s especially cool about this is that Brian also posted a screen cast video of him Meshifying the app, a link to the source code, AND a link to install the Meshified...
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