What is the Microsoft VTS Program?

March 3, 2008

The Virtual TS program is a very unique program within Microsoft and has grown from the US to a global level. The VTS Program is sponsored and managed by a global team of Field Program Managers out of the BizTalk Corporate Product Group which is part of the Connected Systems Division.

The Field PM team is comprised of regionalized Program Managers dedicated to assisting customer, partners, and Microsoft in providing world class technical resources for BizTalk. In order to scale their role, the Field PMs enlists highly skilled individuals from the partner community as Virtual BizTalk Technology Specialists to become an extension of the team. The Virtual TS team generally has access to resources that are typically reserved for only the Microsoft internal teams. The group reports directly into Product Engineering, in contrast to Product Marketing and forms a cornerstone of our Advisors, TAP (Technology Adoption Programs), customer programs, release management, and QFE (Quick Fix Engineering).

The Virtual TS program was designed to create a deeper partnership with local Solution Integrators, the Product Team in Redmond and Microsoft customers in the field as well as local Microsoft sales resources. It is designed to enable a high performance team of partner-based resources to deliver pre- and post-sale activities and provide service, support, and integration directly with Corporate and District resources to empower customers and help them meet their integration needs.

“By Microsoft and AIS working together, our hope is that we grow AIS and at the same time, increase the adoption of BizTalk in the Mid-Atlantic District,” said Bashar “BASH” Badawi, Microsoft’s BizTalk Field Program Manager responsible for the VTS program partners in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast districts. “We believe the BizTalk Virtual TS program provides the right balance of training, Microsoft Corporate Access, Product Group affiliation and escalation paths that will allow AIS to develop a strategic advantage in this space.”


Onward to Applied Information Sciences (AIS)

March 3, 2008

So it’s been some 13 years and I’ve decided to move onward.  I’ve landed a new job at Applied Information Sciences (AIS).  For those that know me, I’ve been at RDA Corporation since mid 1994 as Consultant, Project Manager, Principal Architect and EAI Evangelist team lead working across a number of markets and industries. While there I had the opportunity to develop business system applications and enterprise architectures centered primarily on the Microsoft stack of technologies such as Windows Server, BizTalk Server, SQL Server, MOSS, Office, System Center, .NET and SourceCode’s K2.Net. In mostly all of these enterprise solutions developed, Microsoft BizTalk Server was leveraged as the core business process integration and management tool since early 2000.

Prior to joining RDA I spent about 5 years at Becton Dickinson Diagnostics Systems Division working on real-time embedded control and patient demographic systems in the medical diagnostic systems industry focused primarily on instrumented blood culturing systems. Before joining Becton Dickinson I spent over 10 years with EMC Controls, later purchased by Texas Instruments, in the Distributed Process Control Systems industry working on the D/3 Process Control system . Here I worked in Research and Development designing both hardware and software controlled intelligent I/O devices, process control and communication subsystems, real-time operating systems and tools hosted on Digital Equipments (DEC) PDP11, VAX, Intel and Multibus platforms.

The last few years have been a fun ride but I found myself getting spread thin with less time to focus on all the new and exciting things taking place in the industry. With the advances in tools, technologies and approach, we’re able to build first class enterprise wide solutions aimed at solving simple and complex business problems, faster and cheaper. I’m a big believer in abstraction and encapsulation. Developing highly reusable, decoupled, and service oriented solutions is going to continue to stay exciting well into the future with concepts, technologies and tools such as SOA, ESB, Windows Server, BizTalk Server, SQL Server, MOSS,  Office, Dynamics, Visual Studio, System Center, .NET and soon Oslo.

Here at AIS I will have the opportunity to work as a solutions architect and member of the corporate technical staff (CTS) providing strategic direction for solutions, executive oversight on projects and leveraged by our customers before, during and after project engagements. In this role I will be focusing primarily on enterprise wide business process automation, integration and management solutions specializing in Microsoft BizTalk Server and complementary technologies.

I am a member of the Microsoft BizTalk Virtual Technical Specialist Team in the Mid-Atlantic, certified in .NET and BizTalk Server and a member of the Microsoft Connected Technology Advisors Group focused on early product planning and adoption efforts for “Oslo” and beyond.  I’m looking forward to having dedicated time to focus on these initiatives and of course, time to blog!