Richard is a founding Technical Director of Active Web Solutions (AWS) with more than 25 years experience in the IT and computing sectors. Richard’s primary responsibilities are technical strategy and systems development. Richard is the Director responsible for the AWS Technology Centre.

Recently, Richard has been leading a team focussed on Windows Azure and related Microsoft cloud technologies. Richard has been working with Microsoft, under NDA, for over 2 years on Azure, formally codename “RedDog”. Richard is the principal architect and technical design authority for a multi-award winning safety of life system for the UK search and rescue services. This project involved migrating the system from on-premises to the cloud and became a major case study for Microsoft at the launch of Azure in November 2008. The system was further developed in 2009 to take advantage of the AppFabric Service Bus. This work was presented at the 2009 PDC and was the subject of a further case study. Since then, Richard has been involved in Microsoft Technology Centre Proof of Concept workshops, Microsoft internal software design reviews and Azure deep dive sessions. Richard also provides Azure consutlancy, on behalf of Microsoft, to Microsoft customers.

Career History

Richard’s career started in 1978, joining BT’s Research and Development Laboratories as an apprentice. Following the apprenticeship and the completion of a an HND in Telecommunications and Electronics, Richard joined the Electron Beam Micro-fabricator Team developing pattern generation software for the manufacture of Distributed Feedback Lasers and optical waveguides. The computer experience gained enabled Richard to move to manage the second largest CAD/CAM network in Europe. A short time was spent in the Neural Networks Group managing the infrastructure and transputer array. With a desire to get back into software, Richard joined the Expert Systems Technology Group where he developed the world’s first expert system for in-building structured cabling. An opportunity then arose to form the Microsoft Evangelism Team to promote the use of emerging Microsoft technology in BT. Richard then joined the Advanced Research Division under Prof. Peter Cochrane working on genetic algorithms. Richard then joined the Data & Information Services division in the operational arm of BT. Here, Richard helped to form BT’s first external web hosting facility in Cardiff, later to become BT’s largest hosting facility. Following a move to back to the front line, Richard managed a national team responsible for developing and implementing large scale e-commerce and web based systems and providing consultancy for translating emerging technology into practical business solutions.




Windows Azure Platform: Articles from the Trenches Volume

The Arc Magazine, Issue 4, July 2009 (Microsoft Architecture)
The Implications of the Cloud

Real World Windows Azure: Interview with Richard Prodger

Windows Azure Case Study, November 2009
Developer Scales Search-and-Rescue Application to Help Save More Lives at Sea.

Microsoft Case Study
Search and Rescue Organisation Deploys Intelligent Mapping System to Save Lives at Sea.

Pinpoint Magazine, Spring 2008 (L&T KTN)
How location devices are set to save lives

Speaking Engagements

Event: 2nd Cloud Computing World Forum
Title: How and why migrate to Windows Azure
Location: London, June 29th 2010

Event: The Cloud Circle
Title: The Service bus comes to the rescue
Location: London, 20th April 2010

Event: The Westminster eForum
Title: Cloud Computing – Security and Reliability
Location: London, 10th February 2010

Event: Microsoft Professional Developers Conference
Title: Building On-Premises and Cloud Applications with the Service Bus and Windows Azure
Location: Los Angeles, November 2009

Event: UK Azure Launch – Press Briefing
Title: Windows Azure
Location: London, 9th July 2009

Event: Microsoft TechEd Developers Conference
Title: The story behind the PDC keynote demos
Location: Barcelona, Spain, 14th November 2008

Event: Annual British Computer Society Lecture
Title: Taking the ‘Search’ out of ‘Search and Rescue’
Location: Essex University, 21st October 2008.

Event : Location & Timing Knowledge Transfer Network / Mobile Data Association
Title: Safety on the Open Seas
Location: National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, 12th July 2008

Event: Iridium Worldwide Partner Conference 2006
Title: Taking the ‘Search’ out of ‘Search and Rescue’
Location: Lisbon, Portugal


Global Alerting Platform

Windows Azure Lessons Learned

Instrumenting Windows Azure

Windows Azure Sea Safety System


Microsoft UK – DPE Interview

UK National Business Awards

Microsoft Channel 9 – Cloud services scale life critical system

Enterprise Implications of the Cloud


2010 Windows Azure Global Partner of the Year – Runner up

2009 National Business Awards – Innovation Regional Winner

2009 National Business Awards – National runner up

2006 3 x British Computer Society Technology Awards including the BT Innovation Flagship Award


Communicating With a Vessel, Patent (WO/2007/028993), March 15, 2007.

Memberships & Partnerships

Steering Group member of the UK AzureNet User Group.

Microsoft Gold Partner

Digital Systems Knowledge Transfer Network

Charter member of ProTECTS Alliance


SocketShifter – The AppFabric Service Bus provides a way of connecting two endpoints on the Internet using WCF. SocketShifter uses these features to automatically bridge arbitrary TCP endpoints, handling any intermediate firewall traversal.

MapMate is a well-known Facebook application that uses Microsoft Bing Maps to show the locations of the people in your social graph.