Interview with Brad Anderson – behind the scenes of PCIT

I get to talk to some very cool people in my role at Microsoft. I managed to get some time with Vice President of Windows Server and System Center – Brad Anderson.  I learned about the concept of how Microsoft goes about planning out it’s releases of software with the concept of Pillars made up of uber-scenarios addressing customer issues – Way cool stuff!

I chat with Brad about the People Centric IT pillar and some of the scenarios and technologies that fall under that Pillar with regards to the preview release of Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.

Brad has a blog that he’s using to cover these pillars in more depth (providing context) and linking out to all sorts of Engineering blogs who cover more technical details around the technologies supporting these scenarios. This portion of the blog series has two guest posts By Paul Maydield:

  • Post 1 about users data on all sorts of devices (ms and non ms)
  • Post 2 about the consistent management experience and user experience.

The whole blog series can be viewed in his “In The Cloud” blog.

Some of the topics covered in this interview:

  • [00:58] How Microsoft approaches building product and services.
  • [04:42] Where did the design pillars come from?
  • [06:39] Going deeper into scenarios from People Centric IT.
  • [14:41] What software revisions are required to enable these technologies?
  • [19:03] What’s involved to get these blog posts crafted?
  • [23:43] In The Cloud Blog, comments and Next Steps section.
  • [25:08] WorkFolders example for People Centric IT scenario
  • [28:05] Any “Ah-ha moments” from the Demos used in your keynotes?
  • [29:18] What’s planned for the next posts in the series?

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