As a Sr. Program Manager in Microsoft’s Enterprise Cloud Group, Steve Cole is responsible for managing and developing relationships with strategic ISV partners, focusing on enabling the CloudOS vision and hybrid cloud solutions. Cole brings with him almost 20 years of industry experience, covering enterprise technologies and consumer electronics with a proven track record of product and business development. Prior to rejoining Microsoft in 2013, Cole was Sr. Vice President at Innovative Converged Devices in Seattle where he led product development for in-vehicle infotainment systems and launched the product with one of the U.K.’s premier sports car manufacturers. In his previous time at Microsoft, he drove partner focused business development efforts in both the Windows Server and System Center product teams. Before joining Microsoft, Cole was part of the Microsoft Alliance team at Hewlett Packard where he focused on creating customer opportunities and revenue growth for HP through the Microsoft relationship. Cole began his career as an IT consultant in Austin, TX and from there, moved to the San Francisco Bay Area to lead large scale IT projects for a diverse range of clients from Internet start-ups to Fortune 100 companies in finance, telecommunications and healthcare which eventually led him to a three year stay in Tokyo, Japan where he spent time consulting on enterprise technologies for Sony’s VAIO division and as IT Director for a successful start-up.