About Kyle

_MG_7604.i squareKyle Smith is an independent management consultant who works with organizations involved in geographically distributed software development. He lives in Manila, Philippines and San Francisco, California. Kyle’s was previously based in Shanghai, China, where he was Product Unit Manager of the Windows Server team. He grew, developed and directed the team through it’s inception into a full product team capable of independently delivering commercial software products. He is the founder of GlobalSoftwareDev.com, the premier online community for management professions that work with distributed software development teams.

Kyle’s professional career spans three decades. He began working as a network engineer and systems analyst for a small local company in 1994. Since that time, Kyle has taken his career in many satisfying directions. He has worked on Windows Server, enterprise consulting, enterprise systems management, and consumer applications over the course of his career. Before engaging in independent consulting, he was employed by Microsoft, Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting), HealthPartners, and Born Information Services.

Products he has shipped include Systems Management Server 2003, System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Windows Home Server, Windows Small Business Server, Windows Essential Business Server, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango” and Windows Phone 8.

In addition to his passion for technology, Kyle loves music. He has been producing electronic music since the age of 16 and has DJed on two continents, using his stage name Joseph Kyle. He was most recently resident DJ at a very popular nightclub in Shanghai and has produced several recent remixes. He also produces a regular podcast, called the Global Dancecast. He publishes his podcast as well as original works and remixes at www.GlobalDancecast.com.

Kyle has lived in many places throughout the world. including Minneapolis, MN, Shanghai, China, Singapore, and Bangkok, Thailand. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from St. Cloud State University, and also holds two Master of Business Administration degrees from University of California Los Angeles Anderson School of Management and National University of Singapore.

Kyle’s other hobbies include gadgetry, tablet computing, travel, and reading.