Tuesday, 11 January 2011

A new Career Path

As some of you may know, I recently left Microsoft after almost 4 years.  It was a wonderful experience and I met and worked with some truly great people there.  I was lucky enough to join at the time when the cloud was just getting started at Microsoft.  Code words like CloudDB, Strata, Sitka, Red Dog, and others I won't mention here flew around like crazy.

I started as the SQL Server Data Services (SSDS) evangelist and later became the Windows Azure Evangelist (after SSDS eventually became SQL Azure).  For the last 2 years, Windows Azure has been my life and it was great seeing a technology very rapidly grow from CTP to a full featured platform in such a short time.

Well, I am not moving far from Windows Azure - I still strongly believe in what Microsoft has done here.  I recently joined Cumulux as Director of Cloud Services.  I will be driving product strategy, some key customer engagements, and take part in the leadership team there.  Cumulux is a close Microsoft partner with a Windows Azure focus, so it is a great fit for me for both personal as well as professional reasons.

While I will miss the great folks I got to work with at Microsoft and being in the thick of everything, I am very excited to begin this new career path with Cumulux.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011 05:10:28 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hi Ryan

Being the one who did similar move (outside of Microsoft) but in a different direction last year I just want to wish You all the best and I'm sure You will enjoy your new job as much as working at MSFT ;).
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 16:55:52 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Hi, Ryan,

Best of luck with your new role at Cumulux.

I'miss your SQL Azure posts as well as your video duets with Steve Marx.

Cheers,

--rj
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 19:08:59 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I will definitely miss having you on the team, but I'm so glad that you'll still be doing great work with Windows Azure. Best of luck to you and your family.
Thursday, 20 January 2011 15:51:31 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
As one of the people you're working with on your first Cumulux gig, we're happy to have you helping us get up and running on Azure! It makes it easier when you've got a master helping out.
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 16:46:11 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
You were an excellent developer evangelist while inside Microsoft, and I am certain you will continue to be an excellent advocate now that you are outside Microsoft. I look forward to seeing your continued footprint in the cloud space. Have fun!
Thursday, 17 February 2011 23:35:34 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
Cloud cover will not be the same without you
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