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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:

  1. They use their spare bedroom as an office, and by office, we mean home server room
  2. 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
  3. 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 McSpirit 

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Who

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.

What

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.

Where

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.

Simon May 

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Who

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.

What

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.

Where

On Simon's blog, he keeps it light with topics like THE FUTURE OF IT. Oh, and as he says, he Twitters quite a bit as well

David Tesar

David Tesar

Who

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.

What

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).

Where

You can find David on his blog, which even if you're not interested in DevOps, has a really pleasant UX to it. He also tweets about DevOps practice, or something.

Thiago Almeida

Thiago Almeida

Who

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.

What

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.

Where

Over here Thiago writes about things like GitHub, Visual Studio, and ARM templates, and over here Thiago tweets things about the DevOps inquisition.

Oguz Pastirmaci

Oguz Pastirmaci

Who

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.

What

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.

Where

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

The Discussion

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    joebre

    This is the best one because I do the least amount of acting, talking and in general being on screen as possible. I just sat in the corner the rest of the time sad that Simon didn't love me :(

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    renoszande

    i won to johi in this team

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    francois claes

    zeer goed

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    nwalid12

    Very excellent

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    bayu

    I want to work in Microsoft too.

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    ilir

    is there any chance to join this team?

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    COArikan

    Great team and proud to have a same nation (from Turkey) with one of these members ;)

    Good Luck for all..

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    joebre

    @renoszande: Thanks! That's awesome to hear :D. I sent an email to Brandy entitled "Joining the Ops Team" Thursday morning after reading this suggestion with an idea for something with exactly that in mind...stay tuned.

    In the meantime, would love to hear if there's anything in particular about the team you'd like to know more about so that we can make that happen. And we always love to hear from everyone on you personal internet space on what's important to you, so let me know if there's anything I can check out. Thanks again!

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    joebre

    @francois claes: Thank you, francois! Greatly appreciated.

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    joebre

    @nwalid12: Awesome to hear, would love to hear anything else you interested in us covering. You know, both dumb things like this, and actually helpful things like everything else this team creates :)

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    joebre

    @bayu: Really glad to hear that, bayu! At 10:12 PM on a Friday night, I decided that that's exactly what I want to do with my time at this moment.

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    joebre

    @ilir: Love your interest, ilir! As I mentioned elsewhere, I'm working on a better response to this one, but in the interim, I suggest you check out the Microsoft Careers site, specifically for jobs in the DX organization, looking for "Technical Evangelist" roles (already setup the search query for ya =:O). And you can always feel free to reach out to me directly at joebre@microsoft.com.

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    joebre

    @COArikan: Thanks, that's awesome to hear! Couldn't agree more, this team is amazing and Oguz is by far one of my favorite people ever. If the rest of Turkey is anything like him, it must be an amazing place!

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    bob

    Maybe since these people are so smart they can tell me how to get rid of all traces of windows 10

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    Oguz​Pastirmaci

    @COArikan: Let me add some Turkish words here to thank you: Hocam cok tesekkurler yorumunuz icin! :)

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    Waqas Sarfaraz

    I want to work in Microsoft too.

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    moises tapia

    Que pasa con latino América, no incluyen "cc" en español ??
    Soy soporte IT hace mas de 20 años y como puedo unirme a sus blog?

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    missy

    zeer goed

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    albert

    Good to hear that, can devs team create simplified apps that put everything in a simple friendly ios altogether.

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    Angela Canelas

    Team approved!

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    joebre

    @Angela Canelas: Thanks! I think we're ready to take them into production :P

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    joebre

    @albert: Big fan of simplification! And I think the key part of this is how IT people and developers work together to tackle problems as a team, rather than working in silos. This will lead to those nice and friendly experiences, available on any device.

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    joebre

    @missy: Zanks!

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    Hessah

    I thank you for your efforts give wellness

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    paul

    I would love to join. How do i do that?

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    Sekete

    I want to uderstand is good to format a laptop or not

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    User

    excellent :P

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    Shahbaz Riaz

    is there any chance to join this team? I want to work in Microsoft too. Help Me

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    noby

    asome

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    NOby

    @joepbreslin hei man, currently i'm working as ICT engineer in qatar, i took my computer science degree from india, after that certification in MCSE i need to learn new technologies and updates so i would like to join your team as a intern ,hope upu understand my aim :)

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    Abdulrahman Alhefni

    Thanks a lot

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    RAKIB HASAN

    THANKS A LOT............

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    amin

    Ahanks a lot

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    Daisy

    Thanks for the invites.currently I am not working.but iv completed my MCSE, MCP and MCSA.I really need experience of it I hope you can help as I did very well

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    YRA

    уважаемые профессионалы IT, здравствуйте! Мне было весьма интересны аналитические исследования "Stay ahead of the latest in IT опубликовано: май 05, 2016 авторы: David Tesar, RicksterCDN, Brandy Pepper, Matt McSpirit, Simon May, Oguz Pastirmaci, Joe Breslin. Между тем усматриваю пробелы у ВАШИХ специалистов в методах повышения человеческих способностей и возможностей, в эффективности создания идей новых направлений и предметов исследований, их развития и реализации на практике. Это большая и отдельная тема. Ваш ЮРА ВОЛГИН

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    Mazwi

    Hello Guys

    I`m looking for job guys,I recently completed my national Diploma of IT at Walter Sisulu University,i got six months learnership at Broadband College and I achieved MCSA and MCSE private Cloud. I got internship for Technical Support at Gijima and i also achieved ComptiaA+ and N+.I do attended a training at HP and i also achieved IMC ESSENTIALS NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR,HP ONEVIEW ADMINISTRATOR,CLOUD COMPUTING FOUNDATION and EXIN COMPUTING FOUNDATION CERTIFICATE.I need you help guys,i`m hustling the job,if you come across to this situation can you please consult me on the above email.THANKS

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    Eldar

    I want very much to work in Microsoft. )

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    elmechanico

    Great way to start. I'll be tuning in. Maybe I can learn something about computers

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    tomtotom1

    I just want......

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    Zaid Lahham

    Kindly,
    I want to join this team.
    I am from amman-jordan

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    mohammed

    I want to join up with you as a trainee
    have you any chance

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    balde

    think you

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    cetin

    merhaba ben de destek olmaya geldim.

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    Blujesus

    I really apreciate the tech team, Im learning a lot of good Information.

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    wardhana

    Thanks a lot. Very interesting but currently I study in high school.

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    Ljubisa

    Great way to start.Maybe I can learn something about computers

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    markku kantinkoski

    I can learn something about computers
    and Very interesting windows

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    from Belarusian

    very interesting to look here , what side nepomnyu signed , but that the information which is supplied with feed news abroad , is very charming and diverse, and teaches a new way. I read swift eye , and I wish every success to those people that are trying to benefit IT.

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    Kundan singh

    My Windows phone experience was very nice windows 8 function good better than Android Phone.My next mobile phon windows 10 .

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    Mohammad hegres

    I very much enjoyed and benefited

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    couguarfaca​de16

    Je veux travailler dans Microsoft aussi je suis très intéressé par Micrsoft

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    Verica Petrovic

    Good. I like it.

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