So I get a lot of email from Microsoft, which is mostly by my own doing since I like to get the download notifications, my company is a gold partner, etc. Recently I received an email inviting me to fill out an application to join the Microsoft IT Advisory Council. A while later I learned that I was accepted and have been spending some time browsing the site and the forums provided for discussions. At first, I thought is was just another means to pump free demographic data out of me, but it does appear to be legit. Apparently there are small meetings to discuss topics relevant to IT professionals. Here is the blurb from the website describing the concept.
What is the IT Advisory Council?
The IT Advisory Council is a select group of IT Professionals and Developers, which purpose is to share your views, ideas and opinions, helping Microsoft shape future initiatives. As a member, you will play an integral part in providing us with feedback on Microsoft customer offerings, licensing, support, marketing materials and community initiatives.
Members will communicate with us via an online portal and a program of face-to-face and online events. Each event is currently limited to 12 members to ensure rich discussion and you will be eligible to participate based on a point-system on our portal. Membership also involves completing a monthly online ‘task’, which can be completing a mini-survey or sharing your experiences on our portal forums and blogs to help Microsoft understand what it’s like to be in your shoes.
Presently, there are more than 200 members in New York, Chicago, Toronto and the UK, and we are currently opening up further membership both in current locations and worldwide. Do you want to become a Council Member? Register here.
Anyone have any knowledge or experience with this? I am going to check it out and see what kind of resources it may provide and hopefully make some more mutually beneficial connections in the software community.