The Indy team just handed over our final bits for System Center Capacity Planner 2006. Barring any last-minute mishaps or recall-class bugs – memorably defined by our test manager as “causing the death or permanent disfigurement of small furry animals” – there’ll be an official RTM email later this week, and then all you lucky TechNet subscribers will receive it in January.

In the meantime we’re all walking around looking a little dazed and happy, because it’s been a heck of a ride. One of our devs worked out that we’ve done eight date-driven releases in eight months, which might be expected for a Web 2.0 startup but is kind of unusual in a server division…

What I think is really amazing and worthy of pride is the fact that we took a couple of crazy guys from Microsoft Research, built a v1.0 product team from scratch, created a never-been-done-before application – and only slipped by 6 weeks from our original plan 18 months ago.

So a big and heartfelt personal thankyou to everyone who made this product possible. You know who you are. Thanks guys :)

I’ve got lots of other blogging topics to catch up on over the next few weeks, but I’ll try to throw in some SCCP news as well. Next up in that category will be some walkthroughs of the tool showing what you can do with it.