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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

August 5, 2008 at 10:34 AM

Microsoft distinguished engineer crosses lake for Visible Technologies

A score for Pioneer Square brand management startup Visible Technologies: The company has hired Microsoft’s Bill Baker as its chief technology officer.

Baker isn’t just another ‘softie leaving for a startup. He’s among Microsoft’s 36 elite “distinguished engineers” and a honcho in its standout SQL group.

The 12-year Microsoft veteran directed the company’s SQL Server Business Intelligent Unit and was general manager of Office platform business intelligence applications. Earlier he worked at Oracle/IRI Software, Softbridge Microsystems and Interactive Data Corporation.

Baker received a pretty nice sendoff quote in the announcement, from Kurt DelBene, senior VP of the Office platform:

“Bill has been an integral part of Microsoft’s Business Intelligent team, having guided development for SQL Server, PerformancePoint Server and most recently Master Data Management. Bill has been instrumental in growing our thriving core business and we will miss him and his contributions. However, we are pleased he will have the opportunity help Visible Technologies advance their leadership position as Microsoft has benefited greatly from his passion and now Visible Technologies will have the opportunity to benefit as well. We wish Bill all the best in this new endeavor.”

Microsoft’s a Visible client, by the way.

Baker’s mug, provided by Visible:

BillBaker_bw.jpg

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