As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m going to be taking on a new job soon. I’m actually going back to work for Microsoft, so it’s not entirely new ;). I’ll still be living in Austin, TX, and commuting up to visit Redmond regularly.
Unfortunately, working for MS and blogging on a consultant’s website is a bit confusing and perhaps a conflict of interest (or the appearance of one). Yes, I expect that you guys are smart enough to figure it all out, but it’s probably not a great long-term situation. So, I’ll have to move my ramblings back over to MSDN or somewhere like that. I’ll post up a link in a week or so once I have it all figured out.
I’d like to thank Paul and Kimberly for allowing me to blog here – they have been extremely supportive of me doing this, and I certainly appreciate it. I hope that my content has added to their site.
What will I be doing at Microsoft? Well, my role will be as a software architect, which is pretty much what I did previously. I spend time trying to figure out how to make features that will help customers, make those features work well, work fast, work reliably, etc. I will still be working on the SQL Engine, Query Processing, and whatever else comes my way that interests me.
Why not move back to Redmond? Well, I moved away due to the climate, and I don’t have any particular desire to move back. It’s obviously imperfect to work remotely, but I really *do* like building database engines. The SQL Team was great in finding a way for me to continue working for Microsoft, and I was more than a bit flattered that they were so open in making this work for me.
I plan to leverage my position out here to talk to customers more than is often possible “inside the bubble”, and I am hopeful that this will make me more effective at my job.
That’s the news for today