PARTNER SHOWCASE: Northrop Grumman – Innovating for the War Fighter with Microsoft Surface

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I’ve been a Developer Evangelist for 3+ years now.  For the first 3 years, I spent the majority of my time focusing on delivering public presentations at conferences, for webcasts/screencasts, onsite at customer facilities, and at local community events in DC area.  This year, the focus of my role changed slightly.  Although I still do my fair share of the previously mentioned activities, I am now on a team that focuses on Systems Integrators (SIs) and Partners who do work for the US Government.  I’ve always been focused on US Government developers, but the scope of the people I interacted with was more broad.  With my new role, I have had more of an opportunity to work with SIs and Partners on things like Proof of Concept (POC) applications. 

Back in September/October, I had the pleasure of spending a few weeks with Northrop Grumman and the Microsoft Technology Center in Reston, Virginia to build a POC application on Microsoft Surface.  After the completion of the POC, we recorded an interview and demo with the team responsible for creating the application.  I just published that video.  Here’s the description:

“Northrop Grumman partnered with the Microsoft Technology Center and the Microsoft US Public Sector Developer and Platform Evangelism team to build a Proof Of Concept (POC) application that would demonstrate how Microsoft Surface could enhance mission planning, rehearsal, and post mission knowledge collection for military command and control decision making.  Northrop Grumman Corporation is a leading global security company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, shipbuilding and technical services to government and commercial customers worldwide.

Watch the interview to see a full demo of the POC.  The interview highlights Northrop Grumman’s learning experiences on the POC especially with regard to Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), the Surface SDK, the designer/developer workflow enabled by WPF and the new thinking behind Natural User Interfaces with an emphasis on User experience.”

The interview is available at:

One of the things I am trying to do in my new role is to start a “PARTNER SHOWCASE” series of posts to help highlight work like this that SIs and Partners are doing for US Government customers.  Feel free to contact me if you fall into this category and you’re interested in showcasing your work on Channel 9!

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