It seems as time goes on, I'm being asked more and more for biographical information. So, I thought I would do an "All About Me" page. <sarcasm>As much as I like to write about myself</sarcasm>, it is a necessity the more conferences you speak and the more article you write. So, here it goes...
Denny Boynton is an Architect Evangelist with Microsoft based in The Gateway to the West, St. Louis, Missouri. He's worked in the technology industry for over 13 years in many different roles, including technical writer, "web master" (still don't know exactly what that means), network administrator, developer, project manager and enterprise architect. It is this breadth of experience that allows Denny to work effectively with other architects and technical decision makers to understand the capabilities of today's technological offerings and how these technologies can positively impact their employees, customers and bottom line.
Denny is also an active blogger and speaker and is looking to work on an article and/or book in the near future.
Starting at the tender age of 13, Denny started his career in software by spending countless hours coding BASIC into his Commodore 64 trying to write the great American video game. While he fell short on closing his first software sale by age 16, it was a tremendous learning experience and planted the seeds for what would become a vibrant career in the technology industry.
After graduating from Northern Illinois University in 1994 with a Masters Degree in English Literature, Denny began working as a technical writer for a large pension management company in suburban Chicago, Illinois. It was here that he was first exposed to Microsoft Visual Basic 4.0 and, a short time thereafter, Active Server Pages. Spending time each night with stacks of "Teach Yourself..." books all around him, Denny learned first how to code, and then how to write good software, understanding that these really are two seperate things.
After working in several companies in the Chicago area throughout the 90s, Denny decided it was time for a change and moved to St. Louis, Missouri where he worked for a local ISP on their internal development team, then took a job at Anheuser-Busch, working for a few years as a developer and Team Lead for their adventure park divisions and then moving to the Enterprise Architecture team.
Denny left Anheuser-Busch in 2006 to join Microsoft as an Architect Evangelist. In this role, Denny works with Microsoft customers and the larger community to talk about Microsoft technology today and help explain the roadmap to the future. Because of his breadth of experience, Denny is very well positioned to work with fellow architects and technical decision makers to understand the capabilities of today's technological offerings and how these technologies can positively impact their employees, customers and bottom line. In addition to these one-on-one customer engagements, Denny is also an active blogger on topics related to software architecture, technology and how it impacts society, as well as speaking at as many conferences and technology user groups as he can. He hopes to work on an articile and/or a book in the near future.
Outside of technology, Denny is a very active musician (and has been longer than he's been coding), playing drums in two St. Louis bands, The Meteor Pilots and Lake 32. He also jeolously spends time with his spouse, Maria, and three lovely daughters, Zoe, Josephine and Gwynneth.