And Now For Something (somewhat) Different

In late 2003, my wife Paula and I decided it was time for a change of lifestyle, and we started looking for options to live overseas. After exploring a few different paths, I ended up receiving an offer to join the patterns & practices team as a Product Manager to drive some new initiatives called Enterprise Library and something that ultimately became the Guidance Automation Toolkit. So at the start of 2004 we packed up our things and moved from Canberra to the Seattle area. While changing cities, countries and jobs is a lot to deal with, the last 3 years have been incredibly rewarding, not just because I have a mega-cool job in a great team, but because it has exposed us to a different culture and new experiences.

However it's now time for us to go home. Much as we've loved living here, we feel we've checked off the most important things we wanted to achieve from a work and personal perspective, and we're very much looking forward to coming back to our family, friends, a more familiar culture, and a little bit more sunshine :-). So next week I will be leaving Redmond and the p&p team, and moving back to Sydney. I will be staying with Microsoft, and I'll be working as an architect on customer projects at Microsoft's Solution Development Centre. I'll tell you more about this role and team once I start and really know what I've gotten myself into.

The hardest part of this move will be leaving the p&p team. I feel enormously fortunate and proud to have been able to work with such a talented group of people on projects that impact so many developers around the world. It's also been incredible to be able to work so closely with so many customers, and I want to thank all of you for supporting p&p, whether it's been through using our deliverables, participating in communities, blogging and presenting on our deliverables, or providing us with feedback, both good and bad.

Still one thing that makes it easier to go is the knowledge that the team is in good hands. In the Product Management group, we have Don Smith looking after the web services and integration deliverables, and Glenn Block looking after the client deliverables. We also have two more people about to join the team to look after shared components (including Enterprise Library) and MSF - although I'll wait for them to start and introduce themselves so I don't steal their thunder. And while most of you may not know this, we've always had Shaun Hayes doing great work behind the scenes to keep the whole Product Management team headed in the right direction. In addition we've got a great mix of new faces and old hands in the development, test, architecture, program management, documentation and management teams - so I have no doubts that the team will continue to go from strength to strength.

Before you delete me from your list of RSS feeds: while I can't possibly predict exactly how things will turn out during this next phase of my life, there are a few things which I think are pretty safe bets:

  • I'll continue blogging on technology and patterns & practices, with more of a slant on real world experiences
  • I'll keep participating in the p&p communities, especially around Enterprise Library and the new EntLib Contrib
  • I'll keep in touch with the p&p team, and do my best to provide real world feedback that will result in even better deliverables
  • Enterprise Library 4.0 will be the best release yet, with new people injecting some great new ideas

Thanks again to all of you, both inside and outside the team - it's been an absolute pleasure working with you, and I look forward to continuing to work with all of you in one way or another.

Comments (27)
  1. Tom,

    Let me be the first to respond and say that you will be terribly missed.  Thanks so much for playing such an active role, and most importantly for listening to your customers.  I was always thrilled to be able to say that someone at Microsoft actually listened to our suggestions and cared what we thought.  I want to wish you and your family the absolute best of luck wherever your travels may lead you.


    Jon Scolamiero

  2. Olaf Conijn says:


    Even though you hardly ever listened to my feedback, i’ll also miss you ’round. 😉

    I absolutely loved working on EntLib together, both times around!

    Best of luck to both you and Paula!

    (oh, and dont expect me to be online at an ausrtalian schedule as well :-))


  3. Bryan Hinton says:

    Best of luck – as a regular reader of your blog and a user of p&p software thanks for your contributions!

  4. Good luck Tom, we’ll miss you.

  5. vikasgoyal77 says:

    Thanks Tom for all the hardwork u and your team did for Entlib… Hope to see the community version of EntLib becoming a great success.

    All the best and keep sharing your experiences on your blog. Sydney is definitely one of the most beautiful place in this world.. me too miss it 🙁



  6. Jakub Tasek says:

    Good luck Tom. Thank you for you work.

  7. Mav says:

    Enjoyed reading your blog and contributions to P&P. I am sure you will be missed in P&P.

    Enjoy Down Under 🙂 !

  8. Nootn says:

    Hey Tom, being an Aussie I’d like to say Welcome Home!  But, I just hope that someone can fill your shoes because P&P has provided so many great things to make our programming so much better and that’s largely thanks to you!


  9. Marcos says:

    Thanks for all the most excellent P&P stuff you’ve cranked out and good luck! – Mate!

  10. Ralf says:

    Hi Tom,

    thank you for your activity in the P&P-group and the EntLib. We will miss your moving power in this project.

    I enjoyed each article in your blog about EntLib..

    I wish you,your wife anf your family the very best…


  11. Gareth says:

    Congratulations to both you and your family!

    Sounds wonderful to be able to move within the same company but move continents. It will be interesting seeing you feed the p&p team externally. If you like sports welcome back to a country that has cricket and rugby as a mainstream sport. I also hope you blog you new experiences too!

    All the best,


  12. Tom. Good luck in the future and keep up your good work for the community 😉

  13. Tim says:

    You can leave as long as you still show up at conferences and let me buy you dinner… I’ll just have to find someone else around Redmond to bother…

  14. Hi Tom,

    Seems like an important and well thought-thru decision. I definitely think you made the right choice, but I’m convinced the EntLib and P&P community will shed a few tears. It was a pleasure to meet with you during last year’s Barcelona TechED, and you and your team have influenced the way many of us create great solutions for our customers. Good luck to you and your family.

  15. Bye Tom, you will definiately be missed. Although we have only worked together a short time it’s been great, and I’ve learned a lot from you during these past few weeks. I hope you find much happiness in your next adventure, and look forward to hearing great things about you in the future.

  16. I am a mixture of sadness and happiness to find out that my new colleague Tom Hollander, of Enterprise

  17. Indigo Cowboy says:


    I started using EL in my university days with SqlHelper. I used every new version of EL, and every time when I have posted a bug or a problem you were the first to answer in an incredible short time.

    It is great to know that there are people in Microsoft like you that are willing to help developers do their job in easiest way.

    But your energy is something that I will always remember, and try to follow…

    I wish all the best to you and your family !

  18. mgrzeg says:

    These are bad news. I loved your blog and the passion presented – that was one of the reasons I started exploring EntLib3. But I can imagine your situation and understand your decision. Good luck to you and your family!

  19. Bil Simser says:

    Sad to see you leave, but all the best on your new role. You will be missed.

  20. EntLib Contrib is a community-developed library of extensions to the patterns & practices Enterprise

  21. james says:

    Congrats on the new position and getting to go back home!

  22. EntLib Contrib is a community-developed library of extensions to the patterns & practices Enterprise…

  23. Benny says:

    Thx for your good work the past years.


  24. Daniel Melo says:

    Congratulations for you work on P&P. Good luck!

  25. Frank says:


    We have been benefiting from EntLib tremendously —many thanks to you and your team.

    Good luck back home!


  26. Another Tech.Ed has come and gone, and I’m currently relaxing in the Qantas Club lounge at Auckland airport

  27. Another Tech.Ed has come and gone, and I'm currently relaxing in the Qantas Club lounge at Auckland

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