Interview Question and Answer

Posted: September 8, 2008 in Uncategorized


Ted Malone is a friend of mine. We have spoke at a number of conferences together for years now; the funny thing here is that we live in the same town. But I see Ted more often at conferences in other cities then I do in Colorado Springs. Ted is an all around expert in the technology industry and I was very happy for him when I heard he got his Microsoft MVP Award not too long ago. Recently I asked Ted to be the Content Chair for the SSWUG Share Point Conference. He accepted and we are off and running with the best group of Share Point speakers. I am really looking forward to seeing and hearing more about this conference. Since he is also speaking at the SQL Server Conference and the BI conference he has been asked the standard interview questions that I have asked all the speakers. First I would like to make sure that I post the proper Bio on Ted. Seeing how I give him a hard time as often as I can. In all seriousness I think very highly of Ted.


Ted Malone – Ted Malone is currently Product Strategy Architect for Configuresoft, Inc., a Microsoft Gold Certified ISV Partner. At Configuresoft, Ted is responsible for incorporating leading edge technology into the company’s flagship product line, Enterprise Configuration Manager. Ted is also responsible for the Configuration Intelligence Analytics product, which uses the entire business intelligence stack (SQL Server 2005 Analysis Services, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Office Performance Point Server 2007) from Microsoft to deliver leading-edge business intelligence for Information Technology managers and executives. Ted has been working with SQL Server Technologies since version 1.0 (Yes, there really was a SQL Server 1.0) and has worked as an Administrator, Developer, Trainer and Architect.


Here is Ted’s Answers to the interview Questions. 

Chris: Many technology people do many jobs, for example:  I know SQL Server DBA’s that also work with SharePoint.  What is the technology that you prefer and why?

Ted: I am more of an Architect in that I get the most pleasure from bringing several technologies together to perform a specific business function. But with that said, SQL Server is still my favorite technology. There is so much that you can do with the product, and frankly, Databases Rock!


Chris: If you were not doing anything with technology what would you be doing, what is your dream job?

Ted: Well, given that I was a pilot in the USAF before moving into technology, I’d have to say that if I weren’t in technology, I’d be doing something within the military. I don’t know exactly what that would be, but I’m sure I’d find something there.


Chris: Describe your worst day on the Job.

Ted: I am too much of an optimist to have a “worst day”.


Chris: Where do you see yourself going from here, or what do you think you will be doing 5 years from now.

Ted: Hopefully in 5 years I’ll be retired to a nice Island in the south pacific, but as they say, Hope is not a strategy. I imagine I’ll be doing more with technology, maybe helping others to discover new and innovative ways to employ agile technologies in their environment


Chris: How did you get started along this career path?

Ted: It was a fluke. I needed to find something to do when I got out of the Air Force, and a good friend put me to work for him building computer networks. The rest is, as they say, history.


Chris: What do you feel has been the biggest accomplishment in your career?

Ted: There have actually been quite a few, but I’d say the biggest accomplishment has been the conception, creation and delivery of “Configuration Intelligence Analytics” which is the current product I am responsible for at Configuresoft. It started as a “Wouldn’t it be cool if…” moment and went from there..


Chris: What are you most excited about with the next release or most recent release of the software that you are working with.

Ted: Well, the next release of our software is a game changer because it marries the system configuration information of cross-platform server/workstation data as well as network device data along with service desk information. What you get is a holistic view of your entire enterprise, and the tools necessary to help you improve your management processes.


Chris: In the past there has been a lot of discussion about Microsoft vs. UNIX based systems, now it seems that it is Microsoft is being attacked by Apple.  Where do you sit on this issue?

     Ted: I think Microsoft will continue to innovate and improve, so we don’t have to worry about any external forces there. Competition only helps to improve. 

Chris: Do you have a hobby?  If so what is it?

Ted: Yes, I am a “Harley Guy” I spend a LOT of time on the back roads of Colorado on my bike.


Chris: If you were to be born in any year, what year would it be and why?

Ted: Oooh, I’d be in feudal Japan. I love the idea of the Samurai lifestyle!



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