Iron Architect

If my memory serves me correctly, the architects of Redmond, Washington have a saying:

“Success comes not from the heart, but from the proper application of current
Microsoft technology.”[1]

What if Chairman Kaga had a fetish not for food, but for software architecture? He’d be in Orlando next week at TechEd 2007, and his secret ingredient would be… attendee lodging and social networking!

Microsoft is hosting its Iron Architect competition again in Orlando next week, giving all TechEd attendees the opportunity to win a Microsoft Certified Architect certification[2] by developing, presenting and defending an architectural design to fulfill the requirements posted yesterday on the Iron Architect blog. Sounds like fun, right?

So I’m considering putting together a design and presenting it next week. I don’t know if I’ll have the time between now and then to get it done right, but it can’t hurt to try, right?

[1] Yes, I just made this up. No, it’s not really anything that they say at Microsoft.
[2] No, you can’t actually win the certification itself – you need to earn that. What you actually win is the cost of going through the certification process, which is valued around $10,000 USD.


About ssimagine

My name is Matthew Roche, and I am a Senior Program Manager with the SQL Server product group at Microsoft. I work on Master Data Services and Data Quality Services, and have previously worked on SQL Server Integration Services. Although I work for Microsoft and will be posting on technical topics, I want to stress that this is a personal blog, and any opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. I built my career around SQL Server and Microsoft technologies for well over a decade before I joined Microsoft as an employee, and I plan on using this blog to share my personal experience and opinions. They may well be shaped by my experience on the SQL Server team, but they’re still mine, and not that of Microsoft, disclaimer, disclaimer, etc., etc..
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