Azure, Career, Cloud Advocacy, IT Pro, The Krewe

My New Journey at Microsoft

On May 29th, I began a role as a Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft, and I couldn’t be happier! In a nutshell, it is a role I’ve been working towards for the last 8 years (and probably longer). Through my work at the college, with The Krewe, and my professional authoring, everything comes together in one role with a singular purpose:

Support IT Operations professionals in every way possible as they prepare for their careers in the Cloud

This role will allow me to continue doing the things I love:

  • -Sharing my knowledge and love for technology, and helping others skill-up their careers

-Engaging with IT communites via twitter, facebook, and IRL

-Presenting at 1st and 3rd party conferences more. This is something
my previous position did not allow me to do regularly.

-Being a friendly resource at Microsoft for your questions and feedback on Azure

-Building excellent content designed to make you immediately effective

In my role, I am an advocate for IT Ops (aka IT Pros) ‘ In The Cloud’. So what does that mean? Well, first and foremost, I am an advocate for YOU at Microsoft and specifically in Azure. Have questions, want to provide feedback, not sure where to get started? Let me know. I’m here to help you be successful. While I can’t guarantee I’ll have all the answers, I will guarantee I’ll do my best to get you what you need.

Out of the gate, one of the significant focus areas for me will be working in (aka Docs) and getting the word out on this excellent resource. I’ve been singing the praises of docs for a while and will continue to until everyone is using it. It’s a convenient tool all of us will need to use as Microsoft centralizes all documentation there. The beauty of docs is it’s based on GitHub and on the premise of ‘documentation as code’. This allows you to be part of the documentation update process, and provide your real-world experience. Check out my video on docs for more information and how to get started with it.

Another important part of this role is that it is in engineering so I work directly with the product groups. This is great because I can provide your product feedback directly to the groups responsible. That way we can all be invested in the products.

I’m excited about the commitment from Microsoft to put together a first-class team for this initiative. Based in the Cloud Advocate team under the guidance of Jeff Sandquist and Marcelo Bellinaso, I’m really excited to work with some amazing people like Rick Claus, David Blank-Edelman, and Steven Murawski. This is a team built from the ground up focused squarely on helping operations folks. I really excited for the things to come and what we’ll be delivering to our communities.

Since I have a huge learning curve out of the gate, things will be very busy for the foreseeable future. On deck for the next 3-6 months will be:

  • Connecting with all my communities
  • Delivering great content through Docs
  • More Blogging
  • More Car Talks
  • Deep dive into Identity and Azure AD
  • TechMentor in August
  • Ignite in September
  • Figuring out how life in the corporate world works again

Have questions or want to chat about Azure (or other Career Stuff)? Feel free to reach out to me on twitter via @MichaelBender or leave a comment below.

That’s all for now. Stay tuned for more updates and adventures as I journey through the Mircosoft world.


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About Michael Bender

Just a geek trying to "share the wealth" with the rest of the world... Michael is a teacher at heart. Coming from a career teaching at a community college and work for 19 years as a system engineer, his passion is for helping people learn the skills necessary to ‘level-up’ their careers, and helping businesses achieve their customer goals. Sharing everything is how he guides his career as everyone wins when you share what you know. Currently, he is a Cloud Ops Advocate at Microsoft. This team focuses on engaging and advocating for Operations-focused communities to the engineering teams in Windows Azure. You’ll find Michael and his #AzOps team at conferences, online, and building great content at Michael specializes in Windows Server, Virtualization, PowerShell and Windows Azure. As part of his goal of sharing his knowledge, he has a number of courses published on covering PowerShell and Windows Server. He is passionate about the IT Operations community. For the last 8 years, he has led up a global user group called The Krewe.he is the current president and a founding member of The Krewe, a worldwide networking group for IT Pros and Developers. This group provides a global network for the sharing of ideas and solutions for many in the Operations community. For more information, check out The Krewe on Facebook or Twitter.
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