Nieuwe baan bij Microsoft. Ik word Senior Program Manager in Windows

Afgelopen maandag heb ik een nieuwe baan bij Microsoft geaccepteerd. Ik word een ‘Senior Program Manager in Windows’ in het ‘Developer ecosystem and platform (DEP)’ engineering team. Dit is de job description:

The operating systems group is looking for an experienced technical program manager to drive developer engagement and help make our phone, pc and tablet app ecosystem vibrant! As part of the developer ecosystem and platform (DEP) engineering team, developer engagement PM’s work closely with our top strategic app developers and partners to learn from them, unblock them, co-engineer with them, and ultimately change and improve the Windows platform to make it a no brainer choice for any solution or app on any form factor. DEP program managers are part of a dynamic team with a key role to play in enabling all Windows devices to be first class citizens in the cloud-first mobile-first world.
A big focus of the OS vNext is enabling Enterprise customers to more easily deploy and manage Windows devices and the apps that run on them. This includes mission critical apps developed commercially or as part of line of business solutions. In this role, your challenge is to deeply understand and deliver on the needs of Enterprise developers, and to enable commercial ISVs to adopt platform innovations that make Windows apps work even better for business. If you are passionate about helping us succeed in this space, love solving technical problems for real customers, thrive on making change happen, and want to work for a super-fun team, please read on.
The successful candidate will be expected to work with teams across the OS group, and Business Development and Marketing and the broader Microsoft focused on a set of commercial partners and scenarios. You will be expected to engage with technical leaders in other companies and develop expertise in platform technologies that will enable you to recommend solutions and identify gaps. Strong collaboration, communication and project management skills are a must for succeeding with internal and external relationships and making change happen. Successfully influencing engineering plans both inside and outside of Microsoft is a key deliverable.
The ideal candidate possesses a combination of program management and partner engagement experience with an extensive technical background, and ideally has participated in the technical community as an author, blogger, speaker, evangelist, or content contributor. You will need to have passion and enthusiasm for helping customers and partners; and the ability to stay current and relevant as technologies morph and evolve. Experience managing a large program or multiple feature areas or partners simultaneously preferred.
Job Qualifications:
A minimum of 5 years of program management, product development, technical evangelism, or technical product management.
A BA/BS degree in Computer Science or equivalent industry experience.
Familiarity with Visual Studio or equivalent app development environment.
Availability for business travel and business calls with partners in other time zones.
Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, marital status, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other protected status.

Wat betekend dit nou? Simpel gezegd wordt het mijn taak om met enterprise klanten (grote bedrijven) te controleren of Windows (Windows 10 en daarna) goed genoeg is voor hun om te gebruiken in hun bedrijfsomgeving. Kunnen ze de software op Windows bouwen die ze nodig hebben. Kloppen de ideeen die wij bedenken etc. Dus ik ga samenwerken met klanten en software bouwers om de verschillende situaties te valideren (lijkt het hun handig dat we dit en dat gaan bwouen) en daarna te bewijzen dat ze werken.

Ik zal dus ook veel samenwerken met de marketing groep waar ik nu werk maar ook met consultants in het veld die met de klanten samenwerken om Windows uitgerold te krijgen. Daarnaast met ISV’s die Windows software schrijven voor bedrijven.

Grootste verschil met de huidige baan is dat ik er nu voor moet zorgen dat bedrijven software voor Windows kunnen maken. Marketing is meer dat ze het gaan maken. Kijk er naar uit (12 januari begin ik).