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Phil Winstanley - British .NET chap based in Lancashire. Enjoys tea and tech. Working for Microsoft.

Bye bye MVP Status. 2011 and beyond

Back in 2005, spurred on by the examples of independent, strong, smart people within this community I decided to break the shackles of permanent employment and hit out on my own. This saw me building what’s proved to be a very successful career and business which I’ve loved to bits. 2011 will be a big change for me and my life, the largest in about five years (which whilst it might not sound like much is proportionally a lot of my life! ).

From January I’ll be joining Microsoft. 

What I’ll be doing is joining the Services division here in the UK as an Application Development Manager.

Role Purpose

The purpose of the ADM is to provide our customers access to a wide range of product and application development expertise to help software developers accelerate the development cycle and produce successful applications. This can be accomplished by direct collaboration or by facilitating access to other resources within Microsoft.

By maintaining a long-term relationship with their customers, an ADM becomes intimately familiar with the customers’ development environment. The technical tasks performed in this role include general “how-to” strategic advice, solution architecture assessments, workshops, prototyping, application design reviews, performance benchmarking, code reviews, porting/migration assistance, configuration management and general development consulting.

The ADM gains an understanding of their customers' development organizations' impact on overall business, their development goals, and their pain points - which is used by the ADM to ensure their customers' success with developing on Microsoft products.

While the ADM is assigned as the primary contact for the development efforts of a company, the ADM may leverage other ADMs or even other groups within Microsoft to provide the best service possible, especially if escalation services are necessary. The ADM acts as the escalation manager to bring in appropriate technical expertise (primarily Customer Services and Support) to manage incidents to resolution. The ADM follows up to ensure either product improvement within Microsoft or appropriate development skills are built within the customer's development environment.

Team/Department Mission

Microsoft Application Development Managers (ADMs) strive to be the best in software development. Working with cutting edge technologies we play a pivotal role in the delivery of industry leading solutions within the UK’s most prestigious enterprise organisations and software houses.

This is high value technology consultancy. We generate great customer satisfaction from our long term engagement model.  This gives our customers the confidence to allow us to become their trusted advisors helping to architect, design and implement their solutions.

Key Accountabilities

• Work with key UK customers to provide innovative solutions to their development problems, helping to architect, design, implement and test solutions throughout the development cycle.

• Build an on-going trusted relationship with customers by improving their development processes and deliverables.

• Delight customers with your technical breadth knowledge, demonstrating a willingness to engage and work with other resources to solve difficult technical challenges.

• Transfer knowledge to customers through effective communication and engagement style

• Liaise with internal Microsoft communities (such as our development teams in the USA) to represent the interest of customers and drive product improvements

• Remain technically competent in a broad range of Microsoft products and technologies

• Support your peers though deliverables into internal and customer engagements, contributing to an environment for learning and creativity, contributing to others’ success.

There’s a little marketing blurb here: -

Sadly I’ll not be able to make it to the MVP summit as an MVP any more as the status gets taken off me pretty rapidly, evidently awarding one’s own employee’s is seen as cheating, who’d have thought it?

I will continue to be involved with the ASP Insiders & work closely with the Web Platform and Tools Team, not only because of what they all mean to me both personally and professionally but also because it’ll be a big part of my job to help connect experts, and what group is better than those guys to find experts.

Some of you know I’m involved heavily in DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper and the UK Community, this will continue and if anything should increase. The guys and gals that I work with over here won’t let me go so I’ll be pushing that both within my role and outside of it as I always have. It’s VITAL to me that DDD stays independent of Microsoft as that’s it’s true strength – that check and balance.

Products and Projects worked on by my business’ will be handed over to the loving care of others so that they can continue to be worked on and serviced. This is all very woolly at the moment and when there’s more concrete information I’ll announce it.

Thanks everyone for your support over the years and I look forward to working with you in 2011 and beyond.


Alan Stevens said:

Congratulations, Plip! Best of luck in your new adventure.


# December 14, 2010 9:59 AM

Kendall Miller said:

Good Luck Phil. If anyone can mix into a big company and yet remain gleefully unassimilated, it'll be you.

# December 14, 2010 10:01 AM

Craig Murphy said:

Huge congrats on the move Phil!

Your efforts in the community space will be missed; but rest assured, they will continue to be built on and your involvement will still be very welcome.

We'll have to get a "Phil on a stick" now :-)

# December 14, 2010 10:02 AM

Aaron Seet said:

holy smokes.

i look forward to Microsoft Badger Server Web Edition being released. can't wait.

# December 14, 2010 10:04 AM

chris hay said:

Big congrats, don't disappear too much

# December 14, 2010 10:13 AM

Richard Costall said:

Good luck Phil

You've been an inspiration to the UK community, and I'm sure that will continue

# December 14, 2010 10:23 AM

Colin Mackay said:

Congratulations! All the best in your new role and for the future.

# December 14, 2010 10:27 AM

Martin Bell said:

Congratulations on the new job. I hope you enjoy your next five years as much, if not more than you have enjoyed the last five :)

# December 14, 2010 10:33 AM

Herm said:

Yo, best of luck Plip.

# December 14, 2010 10:38 AM

Tim Leung said:

Well done Phil and all the best in your new role!

# December 14, 2010 10:51 AM

Craig said:

Very well done Phil and all the best for the future:)  Does that mean you're off the menu now for paid emergency consultancy? lol

# December 14, 2010 11:28 AM

Luke Bennett said:

Congrats! Hope everything goes well in 2011 and beyond.

# December 14, 2010 11:34 AM

Colt said:

Congrats Plip!

All the best in your new role.

# December 14, 2010 11:48 AM

Ryan Hayes said:

Congrats!  Best of luck to you!

# December 14, 2010 12:08 PM

Liam Westley said:

Top news ..... your staying in Wigan ;-)

# December 14, 2010 12:28 PM

hajan said:

Congratulations and keep up the great work! All the best!

# December 14, 2010 1:19 PM

Chris said:

Splendid news Phil, I'm sure you will excel in that role, sounds right up you street - congrats

# December 14, 2010 2:09 PM

ijrussell said:

Congratulations!  I hope that you will be as successful in your new role as you have been within the developer community.

# December 14, 2010 4:58 PM

Brian H. Madsen said:

Congrats Phil!

Best of luck in your future endeavours - certain it will prove to be the right move for you!

Keep blogging buddy!

# December 14, 2010 7:00 PM

Chris Anderson said:

OMG!!Plip sold out!!!

Seriously - Congratulations!

I'm not surprised of course. Many people in Microsoft already seemed to regard you with high esteem, and probably treated you as a colleague already. This just makes it official.

So - does this mean no more trips around Europe "getting lost" on your way to Germany? And who gets your keys to the secret volcano lair?

# December 15, 2010 6:40 AM

John Best said:

Great news, I am only on the periphery of the community, but I have seen your commitment over the years.

Go pip!

# December 15, 2010 11:43 AM

Thomas Lee said:

Best of luck in the new role - may it be even better than you dream!



# December 16, 2010 12:18 PM

Martin Hinshelwood said:

Cool, I hope to see you out in Seattle more often ;)

# December 16, 2010 1:06 PM

Bev said:

What stunning news!  I'll look after your Jag for you when you go to the states if you like :D

# December 16, 2010 1:44 PM

Wendy Czymoch said:

I am so happy for you!  

# January 13, 2011 11:52 AM

Shaun Brown said:

Congratulations Phil, wish you the best of future!  Very happy indeed for you :)

# February 26, 2011 6:45 AM