This website is the
online home of BJ Holtgrewe and my friends. The art and science of
cartography and, more broadly, the topic of "location" is one of
my many passions. I plan to use this website as a means of sharing my
thoughts, code samples, and pointers to other interesting sites covering the topic
but I also am going to use it to share my voice on many topics..
I'm extremely intrigued by the important aspect
of "where?" that enters into all our lives in our work, religion,
politics and playtime. I recently had the pleasure of
coauthoring a book, MapPoint for Dummies, and will use this site as way to share more about the
business mapping application that I deem an essential tool for
anybody in businesses, small and large.
I spent almost four
years on the Microsoft MapPoint team where I last served as the
Senior Product Manager/Technical Evangelist (yes, it's a real
title!) traveling across North America and
Europe spreading the
good word about one of Microsoft's best keep secret weapons.
Prior to these days as a road warrior, I
was a Lead Program Manager for the Microsoft Geography
Product Unit mapmaking team and served later as a Product
Planner on MapPoint 2002.
When I left the
MapPoint team I spent three years in Microsoft
Research as a Lead Program Manager on the Smart Personal Object
Technology team. Check out
learn more about a tremendous technology.
I am currently
the Senior Product Manager of
Visual Studio 2005 Tools for the Microsoft
Office System. VSTO is an enabling "smart
client" technology that empowers professional developers to
build managed code (Visual Basic .NET and C#) solutions with Microsoft Excel, Microsoft
Word, Microsoft InfoPath and Microsoft Outlook.
Although my scope of
work is now more broadly defined, I will still be pursuing my
love of location and will always sing the praises of Microsoft
Over time you will
find much about the topic of location at this site, I will also use it as a
place to share my thoughts about many unrelated topics. I attempt to observe
all that takes place around me and I have a natural curiously
about the world in general. Those who know me will
know my simple beginnings as an "Iowa farm boy" (truth
be known I was a "city kid" in a town of 900 folks). I'm proud of my
Midwest roots but I've also been fortunate to call Denver, Boston,
Delaware, and now Seattle, my home. I've had the
pleasure of traveling to many different parts of the world, and
in the process, have gained a broader view of what location
The location where I spend most of my time these days is in my
office at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, Washington. I'd love to hear
from you and I will attempt to answer all emails even if it takes a
little time. Send your comments, questions and opinions
BJ Holtgrewe and I'll share them on these pages.