I've been in corporate computing for about 16 years. In 2001, I emigrated from England to Vancouver, Canada and spent 8 years as an IT Manager for a heavy-duty truck dealership as part of the Daimler Chrysler group.
During this time I gained a good understanding of the IT needs of a dealership and developed a patented piece of software which then went on to be used in Daimler Chrysler dealerships all over the US & Canada.
In the past few years, I become interested in VoIP, which eventually led to a full PBX replacement using Office Communications Server 2007 R2 with Asterisk 1.6. Someone liked what I was doing, as I was one of five finalists for the 2008 Microsoft Canadian Technet Innovation Award (Individual Category).
At the beginning of 2010, I made the move to being self-employed. I currently enjoy a continuing focus in the heavy-duty truck industry with a healthy interest in anything related to VoIP and Microsoft Communications Server.
I've been lucky enough to write a few articles for the Microsoft NextHop website. They all deal with adding new features to OCS by using Asterisk. You can find them here, here & here...
Recently, together with Geoff Clark from Microsoft, I've been working on a chapter of the upcoming Microsoft OC/Lync Server 2010 Resource Book. It's a different (& sometimes challenging!) experience to try to forge what you understand into words in a book.