Virtual Technical Evangelist

As I told you on Monday, I have a new role at Microsoft Canada.  As a Virtual Technical Evangelist (Windows Infrastructure) I will be working very closely with the DPE (Developer Platform Evangelism) team on events such as the Windows Server 2012 Launch Tour that we kicked off yesterday in Toronto.

I was introduced to the Evangelism team back before we founded the Montreal IT Professionals Community (MITPro).  They have influenced so many IT professionals over the years, and it is an honour to now be part of that team.

I cannot imagine that there are too many people whose career paths have been changed so acutely as mine because of DPE, and that is why I am so glad to be on board.  While I am sure I would have done well, I cannot imagine that I would be where I am today were it not for their influence.  That is just one of the reasons why I am so thrilled to be here… the chance to give to others what I have gotten from them.

Over the past few months several people have asked me how I have gotten to where I am; over the next few weeks I will be writing some articles about that for those of you who would be interested in helping the DPE team out.  The first step is volunteering at events, but I’ll go into more detail.

In the meantime as we prepare to take the Launch tour on the road, I am looking forward to coming out to see so many of you across Canada.  We are thrilled that the Launch events across the country are all sold out, and we are looking into what we can do to expand… which means you will probably see up again before the end of the year.  We are planning a bunch of Windows Server 2012 IT Camps across the country – we are currently preparing to go to thirteen cities across the country, and you can see which ones on Ruth’s post here.  If your city is not on the list but you would like for us to come out, the first step is to reach out to us… in order to do a Camp we need someone in that city to ‘take point’ for us.  If you are willing, then we just might be able to come to your city too!

…Come to think of it, that may just be the first step to becoming an influencer as well Winking smile


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