"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]
That's me apparently...according to my family anyway. Not sure I agree of course as I don't have Ferrari Scuedria in the stable or a Trilby hat. Regardless, I need your help. What do I need for Christmas this year? Bear in mind I have most of the stuff you may obviously suggest such as an XBOX 360, Zune 8gb, LG Viewty phone, Sony TZ laptop, nice car etc etc....and of course all the things money can't buy. But lets just get consumerist for a few moments. What do you think I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed?? :)
Answers on a postcards or to make life easy, in the comments section!
Yesterday was the first day of our global sales conference (aka MGX) in Orlando. We sat in the Amway Arena and listened to our executives review the year, talk about our next financial year and recognize outstanding achievements. I was fortunate enough to have been in the outstanding achievement group which meant spending some time closer than usual to Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates and others. Quite a day with two highlights:
Yesterday showed me once again that I work for an amazing company with amazing people. To be in the presence of Bill was great but to get a photo with him was a fine,fine moment. You don't often get this close to your heroes!
Okay, I have 5 Popfly accounts to give away. If you don't know what Popfly is then you probably don't need one - if you do, post the reason here you think I should hand one to you and I'll pick the best 5 by August 27th :)
I got to play at Wembley Stadium last night under the floodlights in aid of Wooden Spoon - a charity supporting mentally, physical disadvantaged children.
Talk about realising a boyhood dream!! I was manager of Partners United - a terrific team made up of Microsoft Partners who gave their hard earned cash to live the same dream. The whole event raised a tonne of money for a worthy cause and made a lot of old men and some young kids very very happy indeed. I limped off with an injury in game 2 but what better place to do it :)
Thanks to everyone involved from Touchstone, Splendid, IM Group, Content and Code, Risual, NetworkSI, Servo, Cambridge Online and ESRI a once in a lifetime experience and I was mildly happy to see my mate David Brain walk off with a winners medal for the Agency team.
I went off to bed a very very happy man kid :)
[update] photo set now available