Azure Certifications & Updates

It has been just about a month and a half since my first day at Microsoft! I’ll soon be in the field helping customers on their journey to the cloud. As part of my training I’ve been able to obtain three Azure certifications I’ve been looking to obtain for some time!

Azure DevOps Engineer Expert Azure Developer Associate Azure Administrator Associate

It feels great to validate my knowledge on Azure especially in the Development and DevOps areas. I’m also happy to say that I am now a Microsoft Certified Trainer! This will assist me in training customers on new Azure technologies and validates my experience in the field. As a result I’ve updated my professional profile here on the blog. I do intend to continue publishing content here, but it will still be a bit of time before that happens while I get ramped up in my new role.

The Next Chapter

I’m happy to announce that starting April 1st 2019 I will be joining Microsoft as a Senior Premier Field Engineer!

My time at Rackspace has been life changing. The past few years I had the opportunity to lead the technical vision of our Microsoft Private Cloud product, where we began to use more and more Azure to manage on premise resources. Prior to that I worked with some of our largest customers and help them make complex technical decisions about their architectures. And along the way I made some lifelong friends. But it is now time for the next phase of my career.

It’s long been a career goal of mine to join Microsoft and I feel like now is one of the most exciting times to join. Over the past 5+ years I have worked very closely with many employees at Microsoft in a variety of different programs. In my new role I will be focused entirely on Microsoft Azure Technologies. I’ll be helping customers navigate the complex landscape of cloud services so that they can have a successful journey. I can’t wait to get started!

There will be a bit more travel involved in this new role so things here will tend to quiet down a bit. But I do still intend to share my experiences and things I’ve learned along the way. I’m looking forward to the new challenge!

Tech Blog Return!

I am happy to announce the return of the Hammer Time Tech Blog! I know you couldn’t wait for this to happen..

Recently I’ve been wanting to get back into blogging from a more technical perspective with some how to’s and lessons learned over my career. Previously the blog was hosted on Medium but that didn’t feel like the right… medium (harhar?) for what I’d like to be talking about these days.

There will still be some opinion posts and articles with things that I have on my mind. But in addition to that there will be more technical articles where I explain how I solved a problem or post some script snippets that helped me out. I also hope to further add to my GitHub which is sorely lacking in original content.

The first article coming soon will be how to use Azure DevOps to create a full CI/CD pipeline for publishing a Hexo site to Azure Storage using the new static website hosting feature. I’ll also explain my reasoning for moving to Hexo when there’s no shortage of blogging applications out there on the Internet.

I am really looking forward to sharing more knowledge in 2019!

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