10 years

Today is 10 years to the day that I landed in Germany after a long delayed flight (Thanks Lufthansa) and some aggro from German Customs and ended up starting work with two technologies from Microsoft Called Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM)and Systems Management Server (SMS). In the past 10 years I have seen these products grow, mature, expand and develop into what is now known as The Microsoft System Center Suite. In its 2012 SP1 incarnation it is a wonderful highly configurable suite of tools offering, monitoring, management, process automation, virtualisation and business continuity for any large company. Yes there are competitors out there and all of these tools have their fans, detractors and little foibles. This little suite however has been a major part of my work life for 10 years and I for one look back at the start and look at now and see how they have matured. On a personal note this day 10 years ago was the start of a love hate relationship with British Airways on a major level, a hotel bill and business mileage claim that are both sky high and started some good business relationships which are enduring to this day. It is rumoured that it is also responsible for me smoking quite a bit, going grey and a few other things besides. In September I will celebrate 18 years in the technology industry, the stories I will be able to recount in that blog……..