"This transformation from software to software-plus-services is a very, very big deal for our company," - Ray Ozzie
Today I started a new gig at Microsoft that has a lot to do with the image above. Hugh kindly drew this a few months back and I was quick to snag it as I knew it would become my new card. Basically I'm working in a part of the organisation known as Microsoft International and helping to shape how we talk about Software + Services internally and externally. It's a big new adventure and I'm really looking forward to it. It means I'm no longer managing the PTS team which I'll miss as they're just a great bunch of guys doing outstanding work, but the opportunity to be involved this deeply with S+S was something I couldn't pass up. I'll have involvement in a few other projects I can't talk about but S+S will be my main schtick.
Given that, it's probably a good time to clear up some confusion on what Software + Services is (and isn't), so here goes...
I'm not saying I'm creative (more simple) but the quote does capture why I try to do.
Anyhoo, that's probably enough for now but this is what you'll hear a little more about from me over the coming months. Rest assured though, this blog will continue to be home to an eclectic mix of technology, design, gadgets, Microsoft, industry and other random stuff I find. I hope you keep coming back and if you have question on S+S, fire away!
Your loyal blogging servant, Steve...
[update #1 with new image from Hugh and link to high res version] [update #2 good chinwag with the Hughmeister today and decided to print out the high res as a poster and plot companies/products]
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Congratulations on your new role at Microsoft. Indeed, software + services is all around us. However, as you state there is a lot of confusion around the whole area. At the end of the day, customers care about value. Make it simple, hide the complexity and above all make it fun. The 360 does that well. I hope the new updated Zune follows on from that philosophy. Web services comes of age.
Excellent news. Next time I'm in London we really ought to catch up.
WOW! Congratulations Steve!
It's going to take me a while to fathom the new role but from first glance can imagine that the way in which you have effortlessly (and more importantly, acceptably) promoted Microsoft's products thus far will mean that the S+S products that you DO manage to get time to promote wil enjoy the same fate as things like silverlight and popfly (which are now doing the rounds in our development department).
All the best.
p.s. are you still going to be over in the UK or are you getting shipped out?!
All the best with the new gig Steve. See you soon I hope.
Steve describes himself as my loyal blogging servant... how the tides have changed from when he was my
" Software + Services " is becoming a useful tool, and offers features and functionality never before heard of..
Congrats on the new gig!
Paul - thanks and yep, staying here in the UK :)
Thomas, definitely...ping me dates.
thanks Jas - lets get another Blue Monster coffee mornign sorted for me, you and the gang? Wanna propose some dates??
Good stuff Steve and well done.
Can I fire the first S+S question? Do you have any indications as to when UK Partners can get on the Early Access Programme (seems to be US/Canada only at the moment) for CRM Live at http://www.crmlive.com?
Congrats on the new gig Steve - sound both interesting and challenging. Hope it goes well.
Since the SOA and Business Processes Conference - Microsoft has started to giving us information about
cheers Dennis - hope to see you soon!