I am nerd incarnate wrapped in an aura of awesome.
I started my IT career right out of highschool in the most prestigious way possible for a High School graduate: working in the shipping warehouse of the local ClubMac packing computers instead of working on them. From there I did my best to know the warehouse PCs inside and out so the local IT never needed to work on the system … which eventually paid off and got me moved into IT helpdesk.
Over the years I’ve gone through a number of “phases”, From Novell NDS, to Microsoft AD, and now to Azure AD/ADFS and starting down the path of SAML. From Microsoft mail and Notes, to Exchange and now Office 365. From workstation support to Cloud ecosystem, I’m sometimes not sure what’s changed more: the IT landscape or my focus.
My current focus is on the Cloud infrastructure. More specifically the NIST definition of 5 essential characteristics: on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and measured service. Most my work is done on the Private or Hybrid cloud side, and thus has driven my current focus on System Center platforms (SCCM, SCOM, SCSM), Windows Management Framework (including PowerShell and DSC), and general workflow automation. Basically free people up from having to do the mundane stuff so we can focus on the cutting edge fun stuff.
If it’s Microsoft, I probably know it. Almost 15 year in the messaging field (Working with Exchange since 2000, plus certified), over 10 in virtualization (VMware, Hyper-V, full range of supporting products for both, also certified), and 5 or more in management tools/frameworks like SCCM, SCSM, SCOM etc, and familiar with the latest trends in IaaS/PaaS/SaaS offerings in public/private cloud solutions. Authoring and publishing DSC modules in PowerShell, as PS is a must these days.
Outside of work I spend time with the wife and 5 boys. Weekends are filled with Soccer tournaments, swim meets, even parkour.