Three Minutes with Microsoft’s Phil Wheat

by Steve Guengerich

I had the pleasure of  making a quick stop at the Innotech San Antonio event yesterday and catching up with a few people.  This is the Innotech, if you are unfamiliar with it, where you would be happy to work, as opposed to the infamous version in Mike Judge’s cult legend Office Space.

The Innotech conference team, led by Sean Lowery, has been putting on great regional IT conferences for many years now, meeting the demand for those small- and mid-sized companies with IT budgets that can’t afford to fly to New York or San Francisco, when the presenter quality may be just as strong locally.

Case in point: in less than 3 hours in San Antonio, I had occasion to speak with the Chief Information Officers of Freescale (formerly Motorola’s semiconductor division), Harden Healthcare, Tokyo Electron (the world’s 2nd largest maker of semiconductor equipment), and more.

One of the ‘more’ visits was with Phil Wheat, among Microsoft’s several evangelists in the field, with his focus being on developer and platform evangelism for start-ups.  Listen to us talk about what Phil does for Microsoft, how mobile has become the dominant theme in start-up activity, and what advice he would give for firms focusing on mobile for the enterprise.

Look for more interviews about the appconomy and mobile for the enterprise from our South-by-Southwest 2011, March 10-15.

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