You didn't need to read the first two posts in this series (but you should!) to know working in IT means you have little free time. And this is completely unacceptable, which is why the first post looked at some quick ways to learn about a variety of topics, and then the second post explored some ways you can dive deep and make real progress. In the series' third and final (?!) post, we're going to meet The Ops Team and see how they can help you.
The IT people we know usually have a few things in common:
- They use their spare bedroom as an office, and by office, we mean home server room
- Regardless of whether they manage servers, fix desktop hardware, or defend the help desk, they still like to stay up to speed on all things IT
- Perhaps most importantly, they agree the Nick Burns era was the best of SNL's past 20 years or so
(Don't worry about the time thing; a happy worker is a more productive worker. It's basically professional development, your boss will understand. Gather around to watch with some coworkers and call it "team building"—you'll win an award.)
In the very first blog post we've ever written, we broke down the 5 W's of "The Ops Team" and what they're trying to do at a higher, perhaps even metaphysical level. But since this post is all about The Ops Team: Show (kind of going for a CSI feel here), we're going to use the remainder of this post to give some background on who our regular Ops Team members are, what they're working on, and where you can find them.
Instead of trying to describe the team and the work they do with text, here's a quick video from the Ops Team on the work they do and topics they cover, then a bit more information on each of them below. Figure, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video must be worth, like, a bazillion words!
Matt is, apparently, an "infravangelist."We don't really think that's a title, but don't have the wherewithal to challenge him. After picking up a Computer Science degree, Matt took the road less traveled toward IT, stopping off as a web designer along the way (which explains why everything he creates is always so polished), and spending the past ten years at Microsoft helping people virtualize everything.
Matt really is your server guy's server guy, covering how you can take advantage of the latest major datacenter technologies, especially around Windows Server, System Center and Operations Management Suite. Matt will show you how to get your server room humming, whether it's next door or in the cloud.
If you reach out to Matt on Twitter to ask a question or even just to say what's up, you just might land yourself a shout out on the critically* acclaimed show about IT, The Ops Team. Matt also writes about the things he does on his blog.
You may not have guessed it just by looking at him, but Simon's been working in IT since the mid-90s, moving from desktop support to application packing before spending nearly a decade focusing on how to optimize support. Perhaps it's this experience that drives Simon's motivation and passion to "help and inspire IT" people to tackle their biggest pains. Or, more likely, it's probably all in the 'stache.
Simon is our guy for all things Windows... and enterprise mobility... and Internet of Things. Frankly, we're still trying to figure out when he sleeps. But if your job has anything to do with end users or the devices they use, then odds are Simon is working on something that can help you.
David has been in the technology industry for nearly 15 years, heading straight from a degree in Computer Information Systems to Microsoft. Beginning as a support engineer and moving from field engineer to technical evangelist, David probably has the deepest Microsoft technical experience and knowledge on the team, with a stack of certs to back that up. In his free time he likes to kick back and relax with some extreme sporting, like rock climbing and snow boarding.
Always looking to learn new things, David shifted his focus as a Senior Technical Evangelist to master the IT side of DevOps (though, when talking to him, he sounds like a developer, too, so who knows).
Thiago, a senior software development engineer, has a long and storied IT and development history. Born in Brazil and by way of New Zealand, Thiago picked up an undergrad degree in Computer Science, then topped that off with a master's in Information Technology. In the technology industry for over a decade, Thiago began his journey to Redmond as a developer, then moved from Senior Integrations Specialist to team lead.
With that diverse background, you can basically call Thiago "Mr. DevOps." Focusing on the developer side of the equation, Thiago (and some of the other people here) took us through the DevOps Fundamentals, from Automation and Configuration Management to advanced practices. In his spare time, he specializes in finding the perfect moment for his video thumbnails.
Oguz recently joined our team in Redmond, where he spends his days as a Senior Technical Evangelist, following nearly four years as Technical Evangelist in Turkey. Prior to that, Oguz ran the show solo, wearing every hat as a Systems Engineer. Prior to that, he spent some time in support following degrees in IT and Computer Engineering.
With an equally rich history on the Microsoft side of things, Oguz focuses on the Open Source Software Solutions within the DevOps story, and how those tools integrate with the Microsoft ecosystem.
Like any good DevOps technologist, Oguz stays active on GitHub (with a picture of him inside somewhere unexpected). On Twitter Oguz keeps a positive vibe. He also has a blog, though with only two posts, it may be hard to call it that. Maybe this public shaming will help encourage him to share some more insights.
So, now that we've been formally introduced and are all good friends, it's time to dig into whatever topic is most interesting. If you're not sure, I recommend checking out a The Ops Team show. And make sure to subscribe to the feed to stay up to date on the newest releases. Otherwise, give us a shout in the comments to let us know how The Ops Team can help you tackle your biggest challenges