I'm Robert Marshall, director and principle consultant at SMSMarshall Ltd, who's specialism is in the Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager product and all of its dependent products, covering all aspects from Architecture, Implementation, Migration to Break-Fix.
I've been in front of computers for over 30 years now, with my roots in programming 8 bit computers, I've taken an often exciting journey which has led to becoming an expert in an enterprise product. I consider my career as starting 17 years ago, when I began my first serious role as a deployment engineer. I've seen 8 bit through to 64 bit, the rise and refinement of the interface we take for granted now, the rise of the Internet from land-line based modem access for the few, to the powerful broadband connections we have today for the masses, I saw mobile phones come into existence, and I've seen Microsoft evolve from more than a handful of employees to the company it is now, while pretty much tinkering with every OS they have released, as well as seeing an industry that has evolved around those humble beginnings to become what we have today. I'm a keen technical puzzle solver, I love to solve gnarly problems around my area of specialism. And, I love to share when I have time. I hope you enjoy the blog.
Wow this book is AMAZING !
I've not even read it yet, it has a cast of thousands according to the front jacket (3 main authors, 3 sub-authors?!) ... I know at least one of the Chapters is going to rock your socks off because it was written by WMUG's very own David Allen, MVP in OpMgr!
Go buy it from here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/0672335611 and demand you free copy of David Allen(TM) to do the installation for you (currently requires a rocket scientist to install!).
Joking aside, Opalis will play a bit part in the infrastructure over the next few years. You should be aware of this product, or gone further and braved the installation steps (there are a LOT!) to get this up and running in a test lab. The fact that it is in the System Center family should give away the importance being attached to the product.
If you get a chance, check it out, possibly with this book sitting to the side as a reference!
Oh, if anyone wants a signed copy for $500 I can make that happen ok :-)
Good work David!