Just when it seemed my career path was leading me into an insane asylum, I stumbled out of SharePoint and into DevOps. My name is Jason, and I’m a Cloud Architect for the builders of a well-known Australian-built Deployment Automation Engine.
My career trajectory ran the gamut from Web Designer, to Web Developer, to running a small web dev team and running the office servers on the side, got made a Microsoft MVP (IIS) and then off to escalation support at a very large, rather well-known software company that you’ve probably heard of (and, not coincidentally, had to give up my MVP status).
From there I took a step sideways into SharePoint, did escalation support and field engineering, before putting on a suit and becoming a consultant and architect at a string of different firms, each one as unfulfilling as the last. Finally I fetched up at a Local Government organisation in Sydney, and was knocked sideways from SharePoint into the world of web deployment and automation.
And I discovered I quite liked it, so when my contract ended, I went in search of a JD that had “DevOps” in it.
So now that’s what I did. I ran and improved deployments and infrastructure-as-code for Domain, using Windows Powershell, Octopus Deploy, AWS, Visual Studio and a whole swathe of continuous integration and monitoring tools for nearly four years. My team were called Australian Poster Boys for DevOps. Which is nice.
Then one day, Octopus Deploy tweeted that they were looking for a Cloud Engineer, and I half-jokingly said “Hey, I’m a Cloud Engineer”. It turned out they desperately needed someone to help build Octopus in the Cloud and I joined shortly afterwards. I now work from home in the picturesque Ovens Valley in North Eastern Victoria, far from the madness of Sydney, writing automation code in PowerShell, F#, C# and various other languages against AWS, Azure and various container engines
And there’s sometimes something blog worthy in it.
Which is here this blog comes in. I have a couple of other blogs, but neither of them are particularly suitable for hosting technical content about automated provisioning and deployment, or continuous integration and delivery. Or Pester. So this.
You can find me on twitter as @cloudyopspoet (it’s an anagram) or on my less-clean and less-focused personal account, @drunkenmadman.
I’m available to talk at meetups, conferences and the like, subject to travel and working commitments. Hit me up via Twitter if you want me to come and blather about DevOps in your area.