Ed Blankenship is a Product Manager at Microsoft for Visual Studio Online, Team Foundation Server, ALM, DevOps, and Dev/Test Workloads in Azure.

He was previously a Program Manager for the Environment Management, Release Management, and Lab Management scenarios for Visual Studio Online and Team Foundation Server team when he joined Microsoft.

Before joining Microsoft, Ed was the ALM/TFS Practice Technical Lead with Imaginet (formerly Notion Solutions) and an Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Consultant. My expertise is in the Microsoft Visual Studio ALM toolset and Team Foundation Server in which I have been actively using, managing, and implementing for nearly ten years since the beginning of those products in 2005.

Ed was awarded since 2008 as a Microsoft MVP in Visual Studio ALM, Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team System until joining Microsoft in 2012. He was also voted as the Microsoft MVP of the Year (Visual Studio ALM, TFS) for 2010 by fellow MVPs which has been a great honor in his career to have been selected by his peers for the award.

As an ALM Consultant, he assisted organizations with improving their development lifecycle by suggesting improvements to their processes and implementing Application Lifecycle Management tools to assist with that improvement. By using Visual Studio ALM and Team Foundation Server, customers can immediately see value from their improvements.

He was also previously the Release Engineering Manager at Infragistics where he led a multi-year TFS & Visual Studio Team System implementation to improve the development process lifecycle.

Ed has also been the lead author of the Wrox Professional Team Foundation Server 2013, Wrox Professional Team Foundation Server 2012, and Wrox Professional Team Foundation Server 2010 books, has been a technical editor for the Wrox Silverlight 1.0, Silverlight 2 Developer's Guide, Silverlight 3 Programmer's Reference, and Silverlight 2 Bible books, author of numerous articles, and has spoken at various user groups, events, radio shows, and conferences including Microsoft TechEd and Microsoft Build.

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