30 Days on the Job

I've been in the US now just over a month, and have been in my new job for 30 days.

30 days! Wow. Well, it has been 22 days if you take away weekends and public holidays - but however way you slice it, I have been here a month.

Folks have been emailing me, asking me what I my jobs is, and what do I do (and that's just the Microsoft people).

Anyways, I thought I would post the email that welcomed me to the team when I first started - let's see if that answers that question.

From: Mark Glikson
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2007 4:31 PM
Subject: Please welcome Frank Arrigo as Director - WW Partner Lead & ISV DE Role Owner


It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to formally welcome Frank Arrigo, to the Corp DPE Field Management team as the Director - WW Partner Lead and ISV DE Role Owner. In this role Frank will lead the Partner Segment of the Field Business within DPE Corp as well as being responsible for the ISV DE Role Ownership. 

Over the last few years we have expanded our Partner activities within DPE significantly. We now target Depth & Breadth ISVs, VARs as well as Hosters and Design Agencies. As the Partner Segment Lead, Frank will work with all the Partner Segment’s stakeholders to land the Partner segment business in the field working closely with all the Partner Segment Leads in the field. Additionally, it will be great to have the same individual lead the ISV DE Community as the role owner. Now a few words from Frank !


I started at Microsoft in May 1991, and have had a lot of fun in different roles, ranging from the CTO of the ninemMSN joint venture in Australia, windows media business development for Asia Pacific, working in the Executive Briefing Center preping our execs, and even being part of the advanced broadband network team working on iTV (with SanjayP). Since 2001 I have been with DPE, starting as an evangelist spreading the word on hailstorm, and then basically growing up with the organisation. The last few years I have been managing the evangelist team in Australia and helping deliver the highest developer NSAT in the world.

I have come to Redmond to "Change The World" - it's kinda tricky to do that from Australia. IMHO, the best way to do this is by engaging with the ecosystem, specifically our partners. By having partners succeed with the Microsoft platform will help the Microsoft platform succeed. Partners are evolving and we need to evolve our approach to continue to be relevant. The Partner community (Partners Lead & Evangelists working with Partners) within DPE is critical to this success and I am really excited to be part of this.

I also want to help evolve DPE so that it can continue winning the hearts and minds of all technical audiences - from developers, architects, it pros, students, designers, enthusiasts and anyone else who cares about technology.

When I am not trying to change the world, I am amused by my 4 children who keep my wife and I pretty busy. Oh and I like to blog


Please join me in welcoming Frank,  one of our most respected evangelists from the DPE field to DPE Corp !


All clear?

Aye! Aye!

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Comments (7)
  1. tom says:

    No offence Frank but if the VP of a big software company would start a presentation with those words I’d have probably zoned out by about the second sentence.

    I wonder if Mark actually knows what your job entails. Between all the accronyms I couldn’t work out what he was actually trying to say.

    Did he create this using a tool on the Dilbert site?

  2. frankarr says:

    tom – no offence taken at all

    i will explain my new role in a subsequent post

  3. Anonymous says:

    It’s only taken 30 days , but I now have my name on the door I’ll be keeping my Visitor’s book up too

  4. Anonymous says:

    It's only taken 30 days , but I now have my name on the door I'll be keeping my Visitor's

  5. Anonymous says:

    Today marks my 100 Days in my new role. Feels like only yesterday I wrote about 30 Days on the Job .

  6. Anonymous says:

    Today marks my 100 Days in my new role. Feels like only yesterday I wrote about 30 Days on the Job .

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