Careers: Interviews
Ilya Bukshteyn: Director of Communications, SQL Server, Microsoft Corp.

This week, Stephen Ibaraki, I.S.P., DF/NPA, CNP, MVP has an exclusive interview with Ilya Bukshteyn from Microsoft Corporation. The podcast [audio interview] is a follow-up to a text-based interview.

As the Director of Communications for SQL Server, Ilya Bukshteyn manages a team responsible for advertising, customer referencing, messaging, PR, and Web presence for the SQL Server products and technologies.

Ilya has been with Microsoft since 1994, originally joining Microsoft Canada as a Senior Consultant with Microsoft Consulting Services, and later moving to Microsoft�s corporate campus in Redmond as a Lead Program Manager within the MSDN (Microsoft Developer Network) group.� In 2000, Ilya was a Group Program Manager with the .NET Developer Solutions Group at Microsoft Corp., managing a team responsible for delivering technical expertise and architectural guidance to Microsoft�s corporate customers.� Ilya most recently worked as the Director of Product Management for Windows Server, focused on understanding the server infrastructure requirements of Microsoft�s IT customers.

Ilya is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, and Microsoft Certified Trainer.


To listen to the interview, click on this MP3 file link .

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The latest blog on the interview can be found on January 12 or 13, 2006 in the CIPS/Microsoft Canadian IT Managers forum where you can provide your comments in an interactive dialogue. And you can share them with Ilya and us too.

Interview Time Index (MM:SS) and Topic

00:18:  What significant directions is Microsoft taking and what is the long-term strategic impact?

04:08:  Profile some of your travels. Then, from a business solutions perspective, tell us more about the following new product releases: SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005, BizTalk Server 2006.

08:53:  Can you provide case studies illustrating the real benefits of SQL Server, Visual Studio, and BizTalk?

15:195:  Which businesses are the best candidates for these new releases and for what reasons?

24:03:  How do you plan to engage business and IT leaders to get their feedback?

27:415:  For the future, which technology trends, do you find will have the greatest impact?

30:145:  What can you tell us about Microsoft�s strategies for Live Windows, Office Live, and software-as-a-service? [Ilya also provides a preview of MIX06 which is a 72-hour conversation about the new web.]

33:37:  There is a rise in the social web�is this [Mix 06] in the same context?

35:49:  There are startling claims from some analysts that all enterprise applications will be offered online as a service. What are your opinions in this area [and on other predictions found in the media]?

40:12:  Now, it's time for some fun questions: [Ilya provides some really interesting and useful perspectives.]
  What is your favourite passion right now?
  What is your favourite work-related gadget(s)?


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