Friday, March 23, 2007

Only Cool Kids Allowed

I'm crushed...

I am running Windows Vista Home Premium on my home PC. Recently, I tried to install Virtual PC 2007 where I was promptly greeted with an obscene dialog indicating that my host OS was not support for Virtual PC 2007. Your kidding, right?

Sure enough, reading the System Requirements, it clearly lists the supported host OS's and Vista Home Premium is not one of them. Oddly enough, Windows XP Professional, the host OS I left in favor of Vista Home Premium is supported.

Now, I am still going to try to run it on Vista Home Premium and hope for the best. My alternative is VMWare, but then that means I have to create my virtual HD's at the office, where I have a supported OS and then copy them to an external drive to bring them home. Thats just damn inconvenient.

BTW, found a good blog on all things virtual from Microsoft. Check out Virtual PC Guy's Weblog.

I'll post a follow up when I've blown off some steam and got one, or the other solution to work satisfactorily.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

About Zach Bonham

As part of prepping for the SOA Customer Roundtable, I was asked to provide an 'About Zach Bonham' blurb. Here is the best I can come up with:

Zach Bonham is a Solution Architect for the Supply Chain division at Mary Kay. He has over fourteen years of experience developing solutions for the Windows platform; the last five years have been focusing on Microsoft Server products: BizTalk Server, Reporting Services and .NET. Zach's current responsibilities include understanding the different models of availability, scalability, integration and technology for each Supply Chain application. Additional responsibilities include mentoring team members, technology evangelism, standardization, testing methodologies and level three support for the organization.

This is as concise as I could get it and still get the point across. Of course, by reading this it almost sounds as if I do everything which isn't the case. I am still a part of a team, more than that, I am a part of every team: the Integration Team (+Zach), the ERP Team (+Zach), the Reporting Services Team (+Zach), the LIMS Team (+Zach), the WMS Team (+Zach) the Leadership Team (+Zach), etc.

Its funny, I'm involved in most everything, a finger in every pie, but I don't actually seem to do much, yet I am always in motion. I am The Facilitator. I help others get past the red tape so that they can get their job done. I am the Grease beneath the poetic, or ah...something.

SOA Customer Roundtable

I've been fortunate enough (?!) to be invited to participate in a Q&A session to discuss Mary Kay's adoption of an Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) as part of the SOA Customer Roundtable. Dustin [MSFT] has been working up a general script for us to follow on the questions, but my responses are intentionally supposed to be freeform.

We are the halftime show between two of the guest speakers, I believe.

This kind of exposure is very new to me, and to Mary Kay Supply Chain in general, so I'm not exactly sure what to make of it and am just taking it at face value: people genuinely interested in what others have/haven't done.

I hope to see some of you there! Well, and some of you, I've explicitly asked your managers not to let you know who you are!