Bytes by MSDN: Dianne O'Brien and Joe Healy discuss Windows Azure

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Dianne O’Brien, Senior Director at Microsoft for Windows Azure, joins Joe Healy to discuss Cloud economics and associated benefits.

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About Dianne

Dianne O’Brien is Microsoft Corporation’s Senior Director of Business Planning and Operations for Windows Azure, Microsoft’s recently launched platform for cloud computing.  In this role Dianne is responsible for all long term business planning and business operations.  During her ten year Microsoft tenure she has held senior leadership positions in the corporate planning and finance functions including leading the Global R&D finance team and serving as IT Controller. Prior to joining Microsoft Dianne owned a private CPA practice, and was the Assistant General Manager of a public utility service in San Diego county where she was responsible for the implementation of major technology initiatives. Dianne holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of San Diego. She lives with her husband on Whidbey Island near Seattle, and enjoys fishing and watching baseball.

About Joe

Joe Healy ( is the Developer Evangelist for Florida. Joe's geographical responsibility is to provide "developer care" for the Gulf States District for the East Region Developer team. As such, he has responsibilities to bring .NET development to the masses in his area. He serves a multitude of clients, from corporate accounts to broad reach events and User Groups. He lectures on various development and architectural topics focused around the .NET Frameworks, Visual Studio.NET, and associated servers. Joe worked previously for Microsoft Consulting Services in the custom Application Development arena, focusing on Internet, Web Services, Rich Client, B2B, and browser delivered systems. He has also served time with, Cap Gemini, EDS, and IBM in various capacities, but considers being a Microsoft Developer Evangelist the greatest and most challenging job he's ever had. On a personal level, Joe resides in Tampa Bay, Florida, and enjoys spending time trying to coax Redfish, Snook, and Trout from various nooks and crannies in Tampa Bay. He is married to wife Anne, with two little girls, Ryan and Morgan, who will also grow up to be great "fisher-ladies" one day.

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