Goodbye Microsoft

After almost 20 years, my time with Microsoft has come to an end. I’ve made some great friends, met my wife, lived & worked in Bellevue, Redmond, Seattle, London and San Francisco, visited Microsoft offices around the globe, learned an incredible amount, and even collected a few trinkets and awards that I’m not sure what…


Excel PowerPivot Example

For the analysts out there who haven’t embraced PowerPivot and Power View in Excel, there is a great tutorial to help you get started: PivotTable data analysis using a Data Model in Excel 2013. However, if you just want the finished spreadsheet, I have created one that is the result of walking through the tutorial,…


My desk after 19 Years at Microsoft

In the past, I have blogged on my 10-year, 15-year, and 17-year anniversaries at Microsoft. I just recently passed the 19-year mark and decided to share a picture of some of the stuff I’ve kept over the years that now clutter my desk. I’ve tossed much more than I have kept during my office moves…


Sales Enablement Tips

This is the time of year at Microsoft when employees put a bit of focus on where they want their career to go. For me, I’ve been thinking quite a bit about my career in sales enablement. I have to admit that I didn’t plan on this as a career, and I’ve done a variety…


Big Data for Lead Generation

Going back to the idea of Technopology, I’ve started thinking about how the idea of “Big Data” comes into play, because analyzing large sets of data about your customers and your industry can create useful insights for sales and marketing. There are early adopters with this thinking and more and more businesses are beginning to…


I now have a approved and official United States patent

In 2005, I received a patent cube, which is what Microsoft gives an employee for having a patent submitted. Now, I am proud to say that patent number 8243897, “Automatic Detection and Notification of Proximity of Persons of Interest” is now an official United States patent and I am listed as the inventor. Upon a…


The Windows Store and your Brand Strategy

What strategy do you have to leverage Windows 8 applications for your brand? A few ideas include: A news reader related to your industry, which updates the live tile with the latest news that your consumers would care about. Think of baby-related news for a diapers brand.  A city guide that highlights your stores, with…


Microsoft’s new tech for marketing technopologists

Microsoft has been busy releasing new technologies that a marketing technopologist should be interested in. Remember, I roughly define “marketing technopology” as tech+social for marketing purposes. Or to put another way, the technology and social capabilities that marketers can leverage to create engaging solutions for their brands. With this blog entry, I want to give…


My Infographic Resumé / CV

I have been thinking about how to update my previous infographic resume and I’ve finally put the finishing touches on it. Introducing… the April 2012 version of my Infographic Resume:  


Increase Your Influence at Work

I have been doing quite a bit of cross-organizational work lately, and very much at a grass-roots level. I just ran across a book that summarizes the tactics I’ve been using, which all seem to be working well for me, so I’m sharing them here with you. The book is “Increase Your Influence at Work”…