I was speaking with Constanza Zalba, the SBS/EBS product manager the other day and she asked my opinion on the upcoming SBS/EBS Launch she is planning. I said why not ask the potential attendees and she agreed. She wrote up this post for our blog. Got some ideas, comments, concerns you want to share? Well here is your chance!
So here I am, writing my first blog posting. And before I start – I just want to say thank you Rodney for allowing me to try out this whole “blogging thing” on his space. I hope I make you proud. 🙂
Whether it was at SMB Nation in Toronto, our “First Looks at SBS and EBS 2008” sessions as the SBSC Tour, Energize IT 2008 or at User Groups across the country, I had the opportunity to meet many of you “SBSers” and “potential EBSers” out there in May and June when we went out to the community to introduce these 2 upcoming technologies.
For those of you I have not met yet – please allow me to introduce myself. I’m the Product Manager for SBS and EBS here in Canada. I’ve been at Microsoft for 4 years now, spending my first 2.5 years within the Partner Marketing team where I found my passion for the SMB community. I’ve always had a real admiration for the entrepreneurial spirit – and it’s in the SMB space where I have met so many of you out there that get up every morning and say “I want to change something. I want to create something. I’m going to take a risk and do something different”.
Which leads me to why I’m writing this post — which is – that I want to “change something, create something, do something different” for the SBS/EBS Launch. So I’m keen to understand what exactly you guys need from us. How do we make the arrival of this next version of SBS and the entrance of this new midmarket server (EBS) into Canada, something that you (or your customers) get excited about?! How do we help you (or your customers) adopt it?! What are your challenges? How do we help you succeed?
As we figure out the Canadian SBS/EBS launch plans for the October/November timeframe, it would be really helpful to hear from you on what you need from us. So give me a shout. Email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call me: 905-363-8683. Whatever works. But let me know what you’d like to see in Canada for SBS/EBS. I really do want to hear from you.