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Today’s post is from Adam “Bomb” Carter.
A few months ago, when Jeremy Chapman moved from the Windows Product Management team to the Office team, someone needed to take over ownership of the Pilot and Deploy Windows 7 pages on Springboard.
That’s when my face popped up on there, which may have led to a few questions, like:
Here are some answers to these Not-So-Frequently Asked Questions (NSFAQs).
Q: Who is this guy? A: My job title is Technical Evangelist, which is a funny way of saying my job is to make sure that I’m giving IT Pros info on the latest technologies that are relevant to them. I’m part of a team, and we split up the technologies we look after, and I focus on the desktop stuff – pretty much everything Windows client and Office, including Office 365. I’ve been doing desktop deployment and management stuff pretty much my whole career at Microsoft, starting in Microsoft Consulting Services working with SMS and helping develop and implement an offering we used to call Enterprise Desktop Lifecycle Management (EDLM) which later became Business Desktop Management (BDM) which later became the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT). When I was in consulting and then later in sales as a Technology Specialist, I was generally working with just one or a handful of customers at a time. Now in Evangelism, my job is to get the word out to as many people as possible – I do this by speaking at conferences, creating content that I give to training partners and user groups to re-deliver, and by putting stuff out on the web through a little site called TechNet Edge.
Q: Why is he the face of Windows 7 deployment now? A: Mostly, because Stephen Rose asked me to. But he asked me to because I’ve been doing so much around Windows 7 deployment. When we got ready to launch Windows 7, I realized I didn’t really need to evangelize the product– it was so good it did that work itself. But after talking to customers, I heard that we weren’t doing a good job educating people on the great deployment tools available, so I focused on those. I created a 2 day Windows 7 Deployment Workshop, and trained up a bunch of trainers around the world who took that content and redelivered it to thousands of people around the world. I delivered presentations at events like Connections and Tech Days on deployment. I also developed a Windows XP – Windows7 migration/app compat guide that lives right here on Springboard. And there’s a whole bunch of Windows 7 content on Edge, much of which I put there.
Q: Why hasn’t he done anything to update the page since taking it over? A: Well, there’s a couple reasons. One was I was just busy – I was managing a bunch of stuff Edge was doing at the MMS and TechEd conferences. I’ve also been struggling to decide what I would change up here. There’s lots of good content, and not much of it has changed lately, with one obvious exception – the fantastic Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP) was just announced a new beta release. It’s relevant to Springboard because it now has features for assessing readiness for Office 365 and IE9 migration. Now that there’s something new to talk about, I’ll make an update. I predict over the next several months there will be lots more new things to talk about and new updates to make.
Q: Is he as cool as Jeremy? A: That’s a tall order; Jeremy is pretty cool. He drives a Jaguar with a Windows 7 computer in the dashboard. I’m not sure I can compete with that, but I’ll commit to making sure that the content here is relevant and timely. If you and I end up in the same city at the same time, we’ll meet up and do something cool. Does that work?
Q: Why does he sometimes go by Adam Carter and sometimes by Adam Bomb? A: Probably the most common question I get. When Edge first launched, I wasn’t sure how I felt about being plastered all over the Internet, so used Adam Bomb when I posted, which is a nickname had a for a while(it’s also my Xbox Live Gamertag), so I had some separation between my private life and my work. The problem was, people within Microsoft would want to put stuff on Edge, but couldn’t find out who this Adam Bomb guy was, so I had my entry in the internal address book updated with both. Now, both names get used interchangeably.
Contacting me: I think I’m pretty easy to reach. Mention me on twitter, I’m @adambomb00. You’re welcome to follow me, too – I do occasionally tweet work related stuff. You can find contact details for me via my page on Edge, or my about.me page. I also have a blog that’s desperately in need of a dusting off and update, you can contact me via that, too.