John Deutscher is currently the Principal Program Manager for Windows Azure Media Services where he leads product management, planning, and engineering execution for encoding and streaming media workflows in Windows Azure.
From 1995 to 2012, Deutscher held numerous roles in the execution of Microsoft’s streaming and interactive media solutions. Prior to his role in Azure, Deutscher worked as Sr. Program Manager on the IIS Media Services team where he delivered IIS Media Services versions 3.0 and 4.0, IIS Transform Manager 1.0, and the Smooth Streaming Format SDK. These products form the base of the Microsoft Media Platform and provide industry leading technology for the delivery of adaptive bitrate streaming over HTTP.
As lead Program Manager in the Microsoft Global Services Solution Engineering team, he architected and shipped the Interactive Media Manager (IMM) solution, a digital asset management system built on SharePoint 2007 using Semantic Web technologies. The IMM solution included the Microsoft Media Platform Editor application, an open source rough-cut editor which was recently used by several broadcasters delivering the London 2012 Olympics and SuperBowl 2012 broadcasts. From 2004-2007, in his role as Solution Architect in the Microsoft Media and Entertainment solution team he focused on Digital Asset Management solutions and service-oriented-architectures for use in media enterprises.
Prior to his role in Services, John was a member of the Microsoft Communications Sector Media and Entertainment solution team where he focused on Digital Asset Management solutions and service-oriented-architectures for use by broadcasters and media enterprises.
As a founding member of Microsoft Production Studios in 1997, John combined his knowledge of video, encoding, post production, and software development to launch the interactive development team where he served as team lead, broadcast designer, editor, and developer of interactive learning software. At Microsoft Studios, John worked on internal digital asset management systems and created patented solutions for digital signage, digital cinema, and e-learning. John began his career at Microsoft in 1995 as a member of the Advanced Technology “Blender” team delivering on Microsoft’s early vision for interactive television.
When not developing media technology, John enjoys sea-kayaking, playing guitar, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.