My Next Big Adventure

After nine years at Infront Consulting Company, I’ve decided to move to my next big adventure. I’ve taken a position at Microsoft with the DevOps Customer Advisory Team!

I’m going to miss Infront. It is the longest I have worked at a company. Rory, the company founder and CEO, and Heather, the VP of Sales and Marketing, really took me under their wing when I started there, especially since I had been a developer for twenty years, and I was moving into more of an IT Pro role. However, at Infront I really started to come into my own in the information technology space. I had the ability to learn new technology (System Center, Azure) and older technology I should have known more about (networking, PowerShell). I learned how to see things from the IT Pro side of the shop, and what their pain points were. Which was a great introduction into the current world of DevOps we now live in. And it was also cool to watch a small company grow into a larger one. I’ve made a lot of good friends at Infront, and in the community because of my work at Infront. It has been amazing.

And Infront has some big news of its own. It just announced its merger with Green House Data. I think this is going to be a great thing for Infront’s clients, Green House Data’s clients, and future clients of the new merged company. I had the opportunity to meet with Shawn Mills, CEO of Green House Data, and have an in-depth conversation with him, and I can honestly say I think Infront will be just fine. I can’t wait to see what the two companies accomplish over the next few years.

Which leads me to my new position at Microsoft. I’m a DevOps Architect on the DevOps Customer Advisory Team (CAT). This is a new team started about a year ago by Dylan Smith (an ex-ALM MVP), and now populated with all ex-ALM MVPs (Paul Hacker, Tiago Pascoal, Anthony Borton, and myself). Our job is to help promote DevOps and help Microsoft clients (with the assistance of partners) with their DevOps transformation. This position is a win-win for me, allowing me to get back to my developer roots and my love of DevOps and ALM, while continuing to get to work with customers and partners. It also helps that Dylan and Derek have assembled such a crack team that is going to be very enjoyable to work with.

As I’m writing this, I’ve just completed my first week on the team. You hear the term “drink from the firehose” a lot, and nowhere is that truer than here at Microsoft. I hit the ground running on Monday and I haven’t stopped, and I have loved every minute of it. My team has been super-supportive of my never-ending question asking, which I REALLY appreciate. I feel this new position is going to be a great fit for me.

I will miss being an MVP. I stumbled into the MVP program by accident in 2005, as one of the original ALM MVPs, and I’ve been lucky enough to continue to be one every year for 13 years. The MVP program is amazing, and if you are not a Microsoft MVP, then it is something you should definitely investigate. The good news is that I’ll still be working with all the MVPs, just in a slightly different capacity. And I’ll still be speaking at code camps and conferences whenever I get the chance. Y’all know me, I never pass up the opportunity to get on a stage.

I’m going to miss Infront (and thank you to Rory and everyone else at Infront who helped me succeed. I wouldn’t be where I am today without you). Nine years is a long time (now-a-days at least) to be with a company. But after one week, I can truly say I’ve made the right decision in moving to Microsoft. I can’t wait to see what I and the DevOps CAT can accomplish in helping Microsoft achieve its mission: empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

Come with me on my journey.

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