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I have always felt that other people can sell me better than I can sell myself. Below are some recommendations from former and current colleagues. And of course you can always see more recommendations like these by visiting my LinkedIn profile.

Musings of a worker bee

Since my move back to consulting I have been involved with a bunch of different big and small companies each with several big and small projects.  The one thing I almost always see missing is the ability to measure the success of a project from any of the numerous ways to gauge success.  I have been a fan of the notion of “Measure anything, measure everything” since reading it in February of 2011. 
It’s official, I’ve been nominated and accepted by Microsoft as a Virtual Technology Specialist (vTSP) in Azure! I’m extremely excited to be considered among the elite in the Microsoft Partner Community, and I look forward to learning more about the program and helping businesses find value using Microsoft Azure.
Scott Hanselman recently posted about putting yourself out there by publishing an open source project in which you do the best you can today and put it out there for others to use …and ultimately critique.  And that is hard.  I recently posted an image I love describing where the magic happens which touches on the idea of stepping out of your comfort zone to push yourself to be better.  This notion applies to nearly every industry it would seem  And this seems to be a common topic that is top of mind for many people – throughout our history as people!
Josh Handel presented some great inner detail around Azure Search this week. Here are his slides and a recorded video of the meeting if you missed it.
I couldn’t agree more with this graphic.  Find something that is truly next level in your world and do it.  Generally it is something that is being done by the “successful” people you admire in your field.  Something you might feel uncomfortable with.
I have been digging deep in Azure and AWS a lot lately.  And have been looking at the new world of internet of things.  And eventually this combination leads you to the new Event Hubs tool from Azure and the Kinesis tool from Amazon.  While researching bits for a presentation on “A Tale of Two Clouds” where I am comparing the features of the two top cloud vendors I came across a great slide deck around “Event Loop”.  And nestled in that deck was this wonderful graphic that I am sure to re-use in my “Introduction to CQRS” presentation.
I can’t wait to go to Silicon Valley this weekend.  I haven’t been there in a long time.  Taking the wife.  We figured it would be a great get away location for us!
I was just accepted to speak at this years Austin Code Camp!  In this talk we will take a look at a standard web application hosted in Azure with a few different backing data stores. We will see how to wire up the common interactions (get one, get many, pagination, search, add, delete) as it pertains to each storage type. And then we will load up 1 million records see how each of the different configurations perform in those common scenarios.
Great news!  We have locked up October and November presentations.  We will have Josh Handel at the next Meetup discussing faceted search in Azure Search.  He will also show us the new Elastic SQL.  In November we will have Paul Drew show us how to build environments using BoxStarter and other tools.
Another speaking engagement has been confirmed!  I am delivering a talk at this years InnoTech Austin.  The talk is entitled “A tale of two clouds – a side by side comparison of Microsoft Azure and AWS”.