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  • Buck Woody is Changing Jobs

    Recently I read an article ( that stated that if you are at the same company for more than a few years, it will harm your career. I don&rsquo;t agree &ndash; consider any successful CEO, musician, or master-level craftsperson &ndash; those people may have been doing ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on September 17, 2013
  • Create your own MCM Program - Learning to Learn

    A lot of electronic ink has been spilled over our recent (and sudden) announcement that we are retiring the highest-level certifications here at Microsoft. At the same time, I'll be teaching a one-day class at the SQL Saturday event in Cambridge, UK on certifications. Are certifications worth the effort anymore, and should you attend the pre-con ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on September 6, 2013
  • Data Science and the Cloud

    More than perhaps any other computing discipline, Data Science lends itself best to Cloud Computing in general, and Windows Azure in specific. That's a big claim, but before I offer some evidence, I need to explain what I mean by ''Data Science''. I've written before on Data Science ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on August 26, 2013
  • Successful Cloud Projects Start With The Plumbing

    (Note - I'll add to this post as new information is updated - latest post date is August 8th, 2013) I've been working on cloud projects of all types for over three years now. Along the way, I've learned some basic patterns that make for a successful project - and also the things to avoid. The general steps depend a great deal on whether the ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on August 6, 2013
  • Videos and Training on Windows Azure IaaS from TechEd New Orleans

    &nbsp;I&rsquo;m catching up on a bunch of features, functions, updates and more learning from the TechEd Event in New Orleans recently. In fact, videos, Windows Azure documentation, and of course blogs are the new way to keep up &ndash; books are just too slow to produce to handle the pace. I thought I&rsquo;d share the links I&rsquo;m ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on July 10, 2013
  • You probably have enough

    This a decidedly non-technical post, and even a little preachy. I post it here because you, the technical professional, are the perfect audience for it. I have enough stuff. I never think so, of course, but I do. I don&rsquo;t consider myself rich, but if you have a comfortable place to sleep,&nbsp; enough food to eat and you can plan for your ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on July 1, 2013
  • Help Me Help You Fix That

    If you've been redirected here because you posted on a forum, or asked a question in an e-mail, the person wanted you to know how to get help quickly from a group of folks who are willing to do so - but whose time is valuable. You need to put a little effort into the question first to get others to assist. This is how to do that. It will only take ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on June 10, 2013
  • Cloud Computing Architecture Patterns: Don’t Focus on the Client

    Normally I try to put topics in the positive in other words ''Do this'' not ''Don't do that''. Sometimes its clearer to focus on what *not* to do. Popular development processes often start with screen mockups, or user input descriptions. In a scale-out pattern like Cloud Computing on Windows Azure, that's the wrong place to start. Start with the ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on June 6, 2013
  • Where are the Windows Azure customer case studies – and why aren’t there more?

    &ldquo;Case Studies&rdquo; are a great tool when you&rsquo;re evaluating a platform. Having evidence that other companies have deployed Windows Azure, in addition to how they did it, is a good way to plan your own deployments or even just evaluate whether Windows Azure would be a good fit. And we have several case studies you can examine here: ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on May 8, 2013
  • The “Consumerization” of IT and the Dark Side of the Cloud

    Cloud computing is actually being largely driven by the &ldquo;Consumerization of IT&rdquo;. That phrase, as grammatically incorrect as it is, represents a fundamental change to the way businesses think about technology, and subsequently how the IT team provides it. Years ago, technology was introduced by the office. No one owned a mainframe at ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 30, 2013
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