Microsoft Build–Decision Time

Next week I will be in California at the Microsoft Build conference. The day the conference was announced and registration availability was opened I signed up. For the last few years the direction that MS was going to take moving forward in their platform and OS was, well cloudy. The company I operate offers development services for MS based services and visibility and direction is paramount when it comes to providing insight and solutions to each of our customers.

I clearly have a affinity towards .net and the stack that surrounds the runtime. Be it Win forms, web with MVC or Silverlight, and in the future Mobile, its how I and the developers working for me make their living. I liked what I saw in Silverlight from a productivity standpoint. The types of applications that you can write (note I said applications and not web sites) can have a usability and a ROI that beats so many other technologies out there. It has been Microsoft’s strength in the past, and hopefully in the future that they build developer tools that allow the millions of us to just get it done.

I will be blogging from Build, and of course the occasional tweet on the findings. I expect it to be a busy week and hopefully thought provoking and provide a nice jolt to get my creative juices flowing again.


The Superhero is Dead

Without leadership who do we look to for inspiration

As I lie awake in bed I could only reflect on how much our community has change over the last few years. I assume its due to the reaction of our new reality and the economy in general. SalesLogix superheros are falling away. Not so much as leaving the product or community, just becoming invisible and insular. The fact is, to be a ‘hero’ or evangelist in any community takes a great commitment and in real terms dollars, that few are happy to part with.   For the longest time I had looked towards Ryan Farley, Mike Spragg, and Stephen Redmond for inspiration each supporting the community in providing a developer hub, writing the go-to book or the contributions to the forum, that greatly enhanced the skills of those who were seasoned as well as those coming into SalesLogix for the first time. We all came up through the product at the same time and my contribution at the time was the Legacy mobile platform. It was easier when I was promoting a product that I had a relationship with, and the capacity to announce/discuss whatever was happening in the development pipeline as soon as it was though up. The joys of a small company start-up was there was little communication filters so I was quite liberal on the conversation between myself, and the community as a whole.

Business partners I also observe like to keep their staff close to their vest, in as much as any work is done by the company and not individuals. For the most part there is no external promotion of the incredible skill and talent that does exist in our community nor is there any cross pollination.

I am lucky to say I also know some great people inside of Sage that I get to talk to regularly as I work on product for the team and there are several rock stars that I am happy to call friends, but what our community needs to true leadership outside of Sage to provide life and energy and excitement to all the incredible possibilities that the platform brings.

What do you think, is the SalesLogix superhero gone for good. Who do you derive inspiration from?