Microsoft has a culture of “movement”. We encourage our employees to accept new roles, moving forward, rounding out their technical knowledge, taking on new challenges and stretching their intellectual muscles.
Today I’m announcing that I’m joining an amazing cast of technical professionals on the Windows Azure team, including people like David Cutler (The guy who wrote most of Windows NT, among other operating systems) and Dr. Mark Russinovich as a Senior Technical Specialist on Cloud Technologies. I’ll still be here in Seattle, but Instead of focusing solely on SQL Server, I’ll be assisting you with thinking about where the cloud technologies make sense, and how you can use them. I start the new role in October, but I’ll continue many of my previous engagements (such as PASS and so on) through the end of the year.
Although I’ve been working with database technologies for over 25 years, this wasn’t a hard decision. In fact, I’ll still be working with Data. I’ve preached for quite some time that data professionals should embrace the cloud (not the buzzword, the utility computing model) and understand where it fits. Well, now I’m putting my efforts where my message is.
I’ll still be working with data. In the coming months I’ll show you how you can expose your SQL Server, Oracle and other systems to the cloud without sacrificing security and on-premise installations. I’ll explain SQL Azure – where it fits and where it doesn’t. At the core of it all – it’s still data. It’s still the technology to take input, process it, store it, and output it. But it’s a brave new world. From online apps to new hardware devices that are re-defining the way we use computing resources, it’s a utility. When I looked at the Azure team and Microsoft’s strategy for the future, it was easy to say “yes” when I got the offer.
On the more “nuts and bolts” of my day to day, yes, I’ll still be speaking at PASS this year, along with SQL Bits, SQL Connections and more. I’m still teaching a database course at the University of Washington. And I’m still writing SQL Server articles at InformIT.com. You’ll see my work change, but not my focus. I’ll still blog here every week, and I’ll have a special focus on the data professional – from administration to development (gasp) and business intelligence. As Azure grows, I’ll explain how you can use it. It’s another tool in the toolbox, and I’m excited to be part of the next wave of distributed computing.
Exciting times to come – stay tuned.