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Brandon Watson

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I was reading an article about how Google is going to change their algorithms to penalize sites that are overly optimized for SEO.  It’s no surprise to arrive at an end state where rules of a system are gamed when pecuniary gains are available. The entire SEO industry has grown up around trying to figure out how to optimize sites for Google’s black box. To ensure an improved customer experience, this action was inevitable. Paul Graham recently wrote that building a search engine was a frighteningly ambitious startup idea.  He accurately points out that the once spartan design of the Google homepage is now an overly cluttered mélange of links and ads.  PG is calling for hackers to build a better mousetrap, but what I thought of when I read his post was about Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle. You see, Google is a completely algorithmically driven enterprise. They ... (more)

Introducing Windows Server AppFabric

Azure Cloud on Ulitzer About one year ago I was fortunate to be working on the launch of Windows Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform.  With the start of our new fiscal year, I was asked to take over a team which was responsible for the technical marketing for our developer platform product management team.  It’s been quite a journey, and I have been able to expand the scope of the products on which I am working. Today, we are announcing the availability of the beta bits for Windows Server AppFabric, our platform for deploying and managing servers in the enterprise.  The... (more)

Amazon, Google, Microsoft - Big Three Cloud Providers Examined

Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the web about the Azure Services Platform. Obviously I’m excited to see people talking about our new platform, especially when there is plenty of good, some bad, and some good if not somewhat rambling. There will be no shortage of guessing as to what Microsoft is “really up to” with our development efforts. I wanted to take a crack at that one, but from a completely different perspective. I want to frame the discussion centered on the motivations of the platform providers, and let that be a guide to understa... (more)

@BrandonWatson Is Listening

One of the things that I have been loving about being back at Microsoft is working in the Developer Platform team.  I have always been a geek, and have this latent developer hiding inside of me.  I love designing interesting applications and services, and love to roll some code when I can, though my close friends will tell you that it’s not a good idea to let me have a compiler handy.  I wish I had more time to work on those projects. I have a very, very strong outside-in view on the developer platform.  My last company was built on Ruby on Rails.  I think Python is a beautiful ... (more)

Find Me A Product Manager Get Free Windows7

In an effort to bolster the economy one job at a time, I have a position on my team that I need to fill.  We’re looking for smart, capable people who know how to get shit done, and have fun doing it.  You must have a passionate desire to make the lives of developers easier, and help get our products to market, and make them the best option for developers.  If you know anyone who might fit the bill, let me know.  If I hire someone you refer, I will personally get you a copy of Windows7 (when it ships of course). Standard Job Title: Product Manager Job Category: Marketing Produc... (more)