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[This email uses the word fab too many times]

I am just back from a fab “two centre holiday”.

  • First up was Cumbria, mainly the fells rather than the lakes. Absolutely beautiful. Rained every day :-)
  • Next up was the North York Moors. Absolutely beautiful. Rained every day :-)

Definitely recommend the format – although maybe with less rain :-)

Which brings me to my change of job which started this week (Aug 2010).

The last two years were fab

Back in July 2008 I switched from being an ISV Architect Evangelist to a Developer Evangelist in Microsoft UK working with the UK developer community. I have had a fab two years working with Mike  and Mike on the frontline of community evangelism in the UK  - plus lots of other folks who joined/merged with/left/managed the team during those two years. But it was Mike  and Mike who were the constants for me throughout and from whom I learnt a lot and shared the ups and the downs.

However the highlight for me throughout the two years was by and far working with the none MS folks – be they authors for the MSDN Flash articles and the Windows Azure eBook, User Group leads, regular attendees at events or even simply faceless sparring partners over twitter. They are all simply fab and were a huge factor in keeping the job fun whilst we actually were going through a lot of tough changes internally. I am tempted to name them all here but I always fear that I will miss someone obvious out and the guilt will stick with me for weeks :-)  Hence – if you think I mean you, then I do! :-)

The future will also be fab

I am now back in the ISV team but doing something very different this time around. The cunning plan (with no details yet!) is to take the skills and lessons I learnt from the last two years doing broad reach evangelism, mix them up with my deep knowledge of the ISV space and make a positive difference to the large numbers of ISVs in the UK who are navigating our technology without the aid of a seatbelt (i.e. without an assigned ISV Architect Evangelist). It sounds…. let me think of a word…. ah… got it…. it sounds fab.

P.S. What do you think FAB really stood for in Thunderbirds? I tend to believe it was "Fully Acknowledged Broadcast”.

Posted on Friday, August 20, 2010 10:05 AM UK | Back to top


Comments on this post: I’m back from a couple of weeks holiday… and I am starting a new job

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Good Luck with the new role Eric, it's been a pleasure to work with you in the realm of DPE and Community. If ever you'd still like to talk to usergroups don't forget to give us a shout at NEBytes.

btw I think FAB actually stood for Federal Agents Bureau :)

Best wishes

Andy
Left by Andrew Westgarth on Aug 20, 2010 10:21 AM

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I have to go with just fab (fabulous) as that what Gerry Anderson says it stands for.

Next question: so just what does ISV stand for? (tempted to go for 'Independent Sports Village', though bit of a conundrum as I believe I am an ISV myself, but most definitely not a village, Hmmmmmm)

PS Best of luck in your new role!
Left by Ian Walker on Aug 20, 2010 11:09 AM

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Good luck Eric! Is there already a community of smaller-scale ISVs you can make use of, or will the creation of such be one of your targets?
Left by ianmacg on Aug 20, 2010 11:35 AM

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Good luck - you'll be missed!
Left by Lygpt on Aug 20, 2010 11:47 AM

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Some controversy over FAB - as always :)

ISV = Independent Software Vendor. Someone who makes a product they sell many times :)
Left by Eric on Aug 20, 2010 11:59 AM

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Good luck, Eric!
Left by Oliver Sturm on Aug 20, 2010 12:01 PM

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Good luck in the new role, Eric. Hope to still catch you around the community sometime.

I have seen conflicting reports of what FAB stood for - some say it didn't stand for anything at all, it just "sounded good". Others say it stands for "Final Audio Broadcast" or some variation thereof.

Given that they were puppets, I think FAB should stand for Fully Adjustable and Bendable.

Thanks for all your help!
Left by James Coulter on Aug 20, 2010 3:46 PM

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Good luck Eric - we met at Microsoft Reading a couple of years ago discussion CRM. TriSys is an ISV very interested in deploying to Azure - perhaps you can get in touch when you get settled?
Regards, Garry Lowther @ www.trisys.co.uk
Left by TriSys on Aug 20, 2010 4:03 PM

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I'm fairly certain it has been said that FAB isn't an acronym, just the spelling of fab - which at the time was in fashion - according to Mr Anderson.
Left by Adam on Aug 20, 2010 4:38 PM

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Hi Eric - My company are entering the realms of the Microsoft world having developed in Oracle, Java and Business Objects.

I may be asking you a few questions from time to time.

Good luck with you new job.

Ian Fickling - Yup the blond lad who was in your computer class back in the days of Harton Comp 6th form.
Left by Ian Fickling on Sep 01, 2010 11:32 AM

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