Monthly Archives: December 2013

Question: What is the largest division in Microsoft?

Answer: Microsoft Services.

Check this out!

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  • We are the largest division within Microsoft with more than 20,000 employees worldwide
  • We serve customers in 191 countries and 46 languages
  • We serve 75 percent of global Fortune 1000 companies across multiple industries
  • There are over 6,000 Microsoft Services consultants and enterprise architects worldwide
  • We have over 5,000 Premier Support professionals working with customers globally

Want to learn more?   http://aka.ms/Vnimes

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Microsoft ranks #4 on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces and #75 on the 100 Best Companies to Work For lists!

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Microsoft ranks #4 on the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces and #75 on the 100 Best Companies to Work For lists!

More than 1000 multinational corporations participated in this survey.

Follow this link to learn more:  http://aka.ms/J1id39

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Then, head over to check out the 100 Best Companies to Work For and see Microsoft in at #75 http://aka.ms/Oks4bn

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Israel R&D Center new recruiting method – special events amid at you!

By Anat Kigel (MGS)

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At the Israel R&D Center, we are always looking for great talents and a great talent is not easily found, we need to find new innovative ways to locate it and woo it over.

In order to tap in to what we know to be obvious talent hubs in Israel, we decided on a new approach.  For the very first time we created 2 unique events aimed at 2 unique populations: experienced engineers and graduates from a special Israeli defense force unit.

Although it is said that the world belong to the young, we wanted to prove otherwise, so we created an event called “Experience Matters”, which was held on Sep 31st where we gave experienced engineers from the industry an exclusive and unique opportunity to get together with great engineers and speakers and   where they could experience and discuss what really matters in technology today.

We send out personal invitations, through LinkedIn, to engineers we found to be top talents.

80 experienced engineers took part in the event, where they met up, talked and heard great lectures.

Eran Yariv, Principal Development Manager, Personalization & User Data- Israel opened the event with an  authentic and unorthodox lecture “Microsoft: Be careful what you wish for, it might just come true”. Eran gave the engineers a glance into the real Microsoft with all the challenges and opportunities.

Our respected keynote speaker, James Whittaker, Distinguished Tech Evangelist, came to Israel especially for both events and  gave an outstanding lecture about “Beyond the Web and Apps, the Next Big Thing in Internet Commerce”, showing everyone that  life can be much easier and  simpler.

The second event, held on Oct 1st, hosted 130 engineers from an elite technological unit in the Israeli defense force. We connected with them through one of our employees. The event started off with some networking followed by another motivating lecture by James Whittaker about “A future worth wanting” where he spoke about what will be the next big thing in future technology. The evening came to a close with a lecture by Leonid Feinberg, from CloudEndure about “Why the cloud’s advantages can be its disadvantages?”

From the feedback we’ve received, both events were considered to be great successes. People were actually surprised and impressed with the great vibe and cutting edge work being done at Microsoft. We showed the best talents that Microsoft is all about “great people meeting great challenges in a fun and open working environment”.

Pictures from the event can be found on our Facebook page

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With 2013 coming to a close, have you set your resolutions for the new year?

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Here are a few recruiter tips to help you reach your goals in 2014: http://bit.ly/18zdKZP

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Andre and Zacharie are two brothers working together as part of the same business group at Microsoft France. They share their story, passion for technology and unique experience of working together!

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Andre and Zacharie are two brothers working together as part of the same business group at Microsoft France. They share their story, passion for technology and unique experience of working together!

Tell me about your career path and the current relation you have?

Zacharie joined a major Telco company shortly after his graduation. He focused on X400 software development and after 5 years of experience in large software projects he applied to Microsoft for a X400 related role specially. He joined MS as a Support Specialist for the Microsoft X400 gateway for MS-mail. Twenty years later, he is now part of the EMEA Escalation Service Support Team, supporting a broader scope of technologies such as Exchange, Phones devices, Office 365, Cloud services, and managing critical situations at our largest EMEA Premier Enterprise customers.

Andre has been working for MS for the past 15 years following a 7-year experience in hardware and software development mainly on Unix. He joined MS as a Technical Account Manager (TAM) for Premier customers following Zacharie’s recommendation and referral. He developed his skillset on MS technologies while focusing on Messaging products. He eventually moved to the Exchange support team Zacharie was already part of to take part of the technical solving challenges.

Andre and Zacharie have been working as part of the same team for the past 13 years and are still enjoying it every day. As Escalations engineers they solve the most complex cases related to Exchange Server and Office 365, handle the most critical situations, dig into the source code, debug it and when needed raise bugs with code suggestions to the Exchange development team in the US.

When did you discover your passion for technology? Do you have other MS fan siblings?

Andre and Zacharie have always been enjoying technology and both studied Computer Engineering. Today they are still passionate for technology and proud to do “something big” while working for MS. They particularly enjoy contributing to something new, share new ideas, welcome constructive feedback and be heard. MS also offers a great possibility and company culture to interact at fairly high hierarchy levels – which is not the case in most other companies.

Zacharie particularly enjoys learning the broad scope of products and services MS offers to both customers and employees: “You can develop an expertise on one technology while at same time enlarge your scope of technologies”. He describes the proximity he has with the development teams and the ability to build long term relations with colleagues who are now close friends.

Andre is very pleased with his career path at MS. He explains many skills are transferrable and MS does its best to make the most of their people: “You can easily move from/to TAM, support and presales while other companies would promote vertically”. MS offers great possibilities to be promoted as an Individual Contributor, which is rare. Andre appreciates the Technical and Soft skills related training sessions he gets on a regular basis (four to five times a year). He is also excited by other opportunities abroad since you can do a similar role at MS Australia, US, Singapore or even Dubai among other worldwide locations!

What advice would you give other siblings who are keen working together?

Andre and Zacharie have a unique relationship at work. They both agree the role comes first and they define their work relationship as “team members” first while it is a nice “extra” to be working with your brother. On another hand they would tend to speak a lot about work in their private lives, which is a nice common point to have! More generally, willingness to learn is key to be successful. You need to keep up to date with the technology and Microsoft offers amazing training opportunities for that. Zacharie is proud to say Andre started his career on non-Microsoft platforms but they are now also part of the same technology family!

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First prize for Nobel Media’s scalable and reliable website, run on Windows Azure

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Watch a video about how and why the Nobel organization chose Window’s Azure for their website. http://aka.ms/Lq51wk

Want to be a part of the Windows Azure team? Check out our career opportunities today! http://aka.ms/Sofzrl

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Looking at the New Microsoft Accessibility Answer Desk – “How can we help you?”

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The other day, we learned more about Microsoft’s people-centric approach and the commitment to accessibility around the world here:  http://aka.ms/dm33dq

In today’s post, we learn more about how Microsoft is welcoming and embracing ALL customers with a branded, personal, take-care-of-you service via Answer Desk.

With a service promise: “At Microsoft’s Answer Desk it’s always easy to reach a friendly expert who’s ready to help with any and all of your needs…. How can we help you?

Learn more here: http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw141207

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Meet Ryan Asdourian of Microsoft; AKA Seahawks “Blitz” – GO HAWKS!

On any given day, Microsoft’s Ryan Asdourian juggles a full plate. He’s a Microsoft evangelist by day and suits up as a beefy blue bird better known as “Blitz,” the Seattle Seahawks’ mascot on the weekends.

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Ryan is an executive communications manager. He’s been with Microsoft since 2004, starting out of college as a software test engineer and working up the ranks.

Click on the links above to learn more about his role at Microsoft and his experience as our beloved Seahawks Mascot Blitz …..

Oh, and…… GoHAWKS!

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Breaking Barriers: Celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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On December 3, 2013 we celebrated the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities that focuses on the progress, challenges and goals of persons with disabilities. This year’s theme of breaking barriers and opening doors is particularly relevant at Microsoft because we strive to do both every day.

Read more about it here: http://aka.ms/Xo5lrd

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Microsoft Inspire Award presented to Kelebogile Phiri – South Africa

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This year at the Women’s Conference, awards were given to outstanding women in our company. These awards recognize the women who reached new career heights through great self-awareness of their strengths, limitations, and priorities in life. These women have a reputation for personal success, demonstrate a willingness to take risks through new opportunities, and possess an authentic personal leadership style.

This years “INSPIRE” award went to  Kelebogile Phiri of South Africa:

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Kelebogile (Kele) runs the DigiGirlz program in South Africa with tremendous success. She inspires learners across the nation to dream and aspire to a future in IT. She accomplishes this through classroom training, participating at Tech Ed, and ensuring awareness of DigiGirlz. She is passionate and dedicated to the cause and is well-deserving of this award. We recently spoke with Kele to learn more about her career, motivations and perspectives.

Q. Tell us about your career at Microsoft? When did you start here? What are you currently doing in role?

A: I started my career at Microsoft in August of 2004, I was one of seven hires from a pilot technical graduate academy in South Africa. From 2004 to present I have worked in Service Delivery, Technical Account Management and most recently as a Senior  Operations Premier Field Engineer (PFE), working with dedicated accounts across many industries. Working as a customer advocate and as a trusted advisor has helped me build operational strategies and process improvements for customers.

Q: What are the three things that excite you most about your role as a PFE in Services?

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1)      Flexibility: As a single mother it was important for me to have a flexible schedule so I created a plan with my manager to meet these and the business needs.

2)      Travel: I like to stay close to home for my family, but do enjoy expanding my global network through visiting other countries and making new friends.

3)      Influence: I love working in a variety of customer environments and helping to influence customers to find the best return on their technology investments. This, in turn, can influence the economies within those countries so I know I’m making an impact.

Q: What inspires You?

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1)      Microsoft: Having a brand that stands for something. Participating in these initiatives is helping to create exposure to students in high schools and demystifying the myths that the [digigirlz] kids may have about IT and women in IT. By breaking down perceptions I can educate young women and explain that you don’t need to be “super technical” to work in technology. You can do what you are passionate about and see how it connects back to IT as all careers use IT.

2)      Career perspective: I like to add value, so I always look for opportunities for the customers to get more from their current technology.

3)      Being true to self: I frequently reflects on “who I am,” and ensure that I am always aligning to my core values and enjoying life.

Q: How did you first get involved in DigiGirlz?

A: A mentor actually got me involved in the DigiGirlz program.   Since I got involved, I have helped to grow the program to host 10 events/year and am currently looking at how the program can extend to other provinces, camps and workshops.

Q: What has contributed to the success of the DigiGirlz program in South Africa?

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A: The support received from students, teachers, employees, HR and local leadership all contribute to the ongoing program success. There is always a feedback loop about obstacles to remove, but we remain committed to the core intent of the program.

Q: How do you inspire these young girls to learn about technology?      

A: Digi Girlz allows for multiple opportunities to inspire:

  • The workshops allow Microsoft employees talk to girls about their career path and what they can learn from their experiences. This also gives employees an opportunity to interact with the next generation.
  • The girls create “vision boards” so they can literally visualize where they will see themselves once they are out of school. The boards help facilitate great discussions.
  • Microsoft employees also show the girls how to do technology development, and even create their own game to play.
  • There are also opportunities for the girls to participate in “Story-Telling”, where girls are given resources to tell a digital Story and have the opportunity to work on their presentation skills while learning about technology along the way.

Q: Any other words of wisdom?

A: I am always focused on ensuring that the work I’m doing is adding value, preparing the next generation and enjoying life!

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CONGRATULATIONS!

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