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There’s a new team in town and we’re here to connect, listen and advocate on your behalf with the Engineering teams.  We’re a specialized group within the "Cloud Developer Advocate" team at Microsoft – BUT there is a big difference. 

 

We’re advocating for the IT Pro / Operations folks out there as our primary focus. 

 

Yup - I said it. IT Pros, Lan Admins, SysAdmins, IT Operations folks, Infrastructure specialists – the communities MSFT hasn’t been spending a lot of time with over the last few years.  

 

Rick_Claus_Microsoft_Banner.jpgRick Claus MicrosoftIn case you don’t know me – I'm Rick Claus, the Team Lead for the Core Infra (Microsoft Ecosystem) team of Cloud Advocates.  I’ve been connecting and working with IT Professionals / Operations folks for over 14 years at Microsoft. I took a break three years ago to work directly in the Azure Core Compute team in order to get a deeper understanding of how that engineering team worked.  In the spring of 2018 I got the opportunity to return to the Advocacy space to build a brand new team of "Ops" focused Advocates. When the search kicked off and the team started to grow - I quickly realized we needed some sort of home base - someplace where we can hang our hats and drop some roots. What better place than here on the TechCommunities site at Microsoft! Over the next while you will find articles / posts from all the team members across a wide range of technologies and topics - all related to the IT Operations space.

 

It's about time for me to introduce the rest of the team and their areas of specialty.   To start things off, it should be understood that each Advocate listed below has a high level of proficiency in the IT Operations side of things in both the Azure and on-premises worlds. They come from a long background in the IT infrastructure space and have worked with all sorts of sizes of customers across many different verticals. All that being said - here are some basic facts around each of the Cloud Advocates.

 

AnthonyBartolo.jpgAnthony Bartolo (Toronto, Canada)

  • Areas of Specialty: IoT for Ops, Security, Identity and diagnostics
  • Twitter: @WirelessLife

 

MichaelBender.jpg

Michael Bender (Madison, WI)

  • Areas of Specialty: Automation, Powershell, Windows Server
  • Twitter: @MichaelBender

 

SoniaCuff.jpgSonia Cuff (Brisbane, Australia)

  • Areas of Specialty: SaaS Architecture / Admin, Cost Benefit Analysis, Identity, Business Continuity
  • Twitter: @SoniaCuff

 

NeilPeterson.jpgNeil Peterson (Redmond, WA)

  • Areas of Specialty: Containers, Orchestration, Automation, Patch Management
  • Twitter: @NePeters

 

ThomasMaurer.jpg Thomas Maurer (Switzerland)

  • Areas of Specialty: Azure Stack, Azure Infra, Windows Server
  • Twitter: @ThomasMaurer

 

PierreRoman.jpgPierre Roman (Ottawa, Canada)

  • Areas of Specialty: Datacenter Migration, Windows Server, Upgrades
  • Twitter: @WiredCanuck

 

PhoummalaSchmidt.jpgPhoummala Schmitt (Philadelphia, PA)

  • Areas of Specialty: Virtualization, Storage, core infrastructure
  • Twitter: @ExchangeGoddess

 

orinThomas.jpg  Orin Thomas (Melbourne, AU)

  • Areas of Specialty: Windows Server, Security, Azure and everything Microsoft
  • Twitter: @OrinThomas

 

Each of the Cloud Advocates will be posting articles here over the next while on a variety of subjects.  You'll get a chance to get to know them better through their posts, in person at events and online here in the TechCommunity. We're also fairly active  on Twitter - here's a handy list I maintain of the Cloud Advocates on my team.

 

Part of our job as Advocates is to connect with the IT Pro / Ops audience, listen to any comments or concerns you may have and provide feedback to the product teams.  We act as your advocates during product review meetings with senior leadership. How can you get your feedback in front of us? Do you have a question or a comment or just want to say hi?  We monitor the #AzOps hashtag on twitter - so tweet away and tag it, we'll get back to ya. 

 

It's taken us a while to get back to where we needed to be - here with you, the IT Pro / Operations audience, working away to keep the systems up and running. Please be patient with us as we get back up to speed with working with you all once again.

 

Don't worry - we're here...  and we have your back. 

4 Comments
Occasional Contributor

Wahoo!

Microsoft

Leave it to @Prayer Solanky to be so eloquent. 

Regular Visitor

Great initiative Rick! Is part of your mandate to advocate for creation of on-prem curricula, e.g. WS2019 courses? If so, please do! As MCTs, we've certainly been lobbying for fresh courseware; more voices may help.

Microsoft

Well now - thanks for reaching out @Mark Ingram . As a matter of fact (and as an MCT myself) there is progress in this area. My good friend @OrinThomas is looking into this quagmire and will eventually have some info to report.