A normal day for Jason Young

A normal day for Jason Young

Evaldas: As this very Dell-like approach, we as developers, we really try to do things by our own, writing our own blog, doing, like you said, your podcast so far. So, it’s nice. And can you tell to the listeners, who are tuning in today, what kind of day do you usually have on your general week?

Jason: I always call myself an engineer and a technologist that works for Microsoft. So, my general role is to help partners deliver their solutions on our platforms. So, I just work with a small number of Microsoft platforms that are — you know, these are big, important customers. All partners are obviously important, but these are the ones that are really, really making a huge bet on our technologies, so it’s pretty much whatever it takes to help them put their software on things like Azure and Windows so that they can sell it to their customers, and I love it because I don’t have to be a salesperson. I just work with them and help them build their stuff and I’m just another developer that’s basically helping them get their job done and making them successful. My success is basically tied to their success. If they’re not successful then I’m doing something wrong.

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Evaldas: Yeah, it’s good when you look at it that way. Not just looking at it as a job, as just working for 40 hours and then that’s it. But, you take it a big step further, make it personal. Probably that’s why you’re doing your show.

Jason: Absolutely. I do a lot of things that you could sort of consider extra credit. I mean, I can’t just sit there and work 40 hours and punch in and do X, Y, and Z and then go home at the end of the day. It doesn’t work like that, and really, whenever I’m working with partners, the tools that I use are primarily things like just developing code alongside of them and showing them how cool it is. Because, as a developer, I don’t know what percentage of your show or your listeners are developers, but developers get excited by new things and they run over and they tell all their developers, and that’s how things catch on in the development community.

So, I’m basically that but I’m an extension of the team because people on teams, they get busy and they’re not able to look at all the latest stuff. There’s a lot of people complaining things are moving too quickly these days. So, my job is, you know, part of it is to come in there and be like, “Okay. Sure, there’s a lot of things going on. I understand your business. Here are the things that you should maybe look at.”

What’s great is, in the new Microsoft world, that doesn’t even mean Microsoft technologies. I could be like, “You know what? You should be running Linux and you should be running that on Azure,” or just mixing whatever technologies make sense. “You should be developing a compelling iPhone application and the back-end should be using Azure. You know, there’s all different types of open source technologies that you could mix together and I’m excited about all of them.

Evaldas: Yeah, I mean, 10 years ago, I wouldn’t even imagine that Microsoft is moving in that direction.

Jason: Yeah, it’s awesome. I love it.

Evaldas: Yeah, new things and I’m really amazed when you see open source get embraced more and more by such a huge company that has a lot of commercial products. So, things are changing everywhere.

Jason: Absolutely.

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