This is the next blog in the continuing series of interviews with top-echelon and renowned professionals. In this blog, I interview Barnaby Jeans, International Technology Authority and Leader; Developer Audience Marketing Manager.
Barnaby provides an impressive competency base built on a foundation of deep technical knowledge. In the 10-city IT Executive Alignment Tour in 2007 where I provided the opening keynote, I got first-hand experience of Barnaby's impressive array of capabilities and talent as he was the principal organizer, host, and speaker. He continually fielded a diverse spectrum of questions from the audiences always providing value. I also discovered how well-respected he is amongst thousands of IT and business professionals. A true Star!
Barnaby Jeans joined the Microsoft Canada team in November 2004. In his previous roles he has helped identify and grow the IT Manager audience as well as established the Tech Enthusiast activities within the Evangelism team. He is currently the Developer Audience Marketing Manager and is responsible for supporting the Canadian Developer Community through events, the MSDN Canada website, the community connection blogs, and the work of the entire community team. He was a key team member for the 2005 SQL/VS/BizTalk launch and the Vista and Office launch, and most recently led the Visual Studio 2008 launch across Canada.
Before joining Microsoft, Barnaby most recently worked as a Sales Engineer for Red Hat and helped to establish their Canadian sales force. Prior to that, he worked as a technical Sales Consultant at Oracle focusing on enterprise architecture. He brings over 10 years experience in dealing with customers of all sizes and on all platforms.
Barnaby is also a past member of the CIPS National Board representing the CIPS sections in Southwestern Ontario.
In his free time, Barnaby enjoys digital photography and has a young son that keeps him busy.
Barnaby graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Science and currently lives in Cambridge, Ontario.