LEAP - Microsoft Lead Enterprise Architect Program

This year I will attend the LEAP 2008: Microsoft Lead Enterprise Architect Program.

The purpose of LEAP is to extend the knowledge and insight of Microsoft's software portfolio for the business market of experienced and aspiring IT architects. Not only the most important Microsoft technologies are discussed, but also the relationship between the technologies and the business issues that they can address. Apart from technology available today, Microsoft's vision, mission, strategy and roadmap are part of the program.

LEAP is not an architecture program, but a program for IT architects. It is meant to extend the knowledge of architects with relevant knowledge of Microsoft technologies.

The LEAP-program consists of five masterclasses. Each masterclass zooms in into a business theme, and the technologies available to implement the theme.

The program is ended with a week's visit to the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. There, the future roadmap and the architectural challenges are discussed with- and presented by Microsoft architects.

I am not a Microsoft expert. My roots are mainly in the UNIX world. Therefore, this seems like a good opportunity to gain knowledge on Microsoft technologies. These technologies are present at virtually all clients I work for.

The program starts in September with a one day workshop every month.

The Redmond visit will take place in January 2008.

Through this site I will publish my experiences in the program. Here is a link of someone who attended the LEAP previously.

I am looking forward to it!

UPDATE: Here is a post on how it went...

This entry was posted on Tuesday 04 September 2007

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