My name is Pat Helland and I’ve been around Microsoft for almost 10 years as an architect. I’ve been working on transaction and application execution stuff for 25 years or so and I guess that makes me an old man… at Microsoft, I helped start the Viper team that built MTS (Microsoft Transaction Server) which is now called COM+. Later, I got into asynchronous messaging, did a presentation called “Fiefdoms and Emissaries”, helped start the team that built the SQL Service Broker for Yukon, and did a bunch of the early work on reliable messaging that is now in web services and Indigo.
Since the middle of last year, I have been working in the Enterprise Architecture Team. We are working to define and explain our architecture strategy to our biggest customers. A new thing for me is that this has me traveling more than I ever have done in my entire life. January was