Join me as a Cloud Solution Architect

Earlier this year I started a new chapter in my career as I joined Microsoft as a Cloud Solution Architect (CSA). Working for Microsoft has been a goal of mine for long time (since sometime in high school probably). Working for Microsoft in a role that allows me to continue working with Azure and solving interesting problems . . .  well, that’s just a lot of fun!

It is no secret that Microsoft is moving full steam ahead with Azure. The pace of innovation is mind blowing!  Part of my job as a CSA is to keep up on all the latest technologies in Azure – understanding how they really work and how to best leverage the various services/features to solve problems. It is a tough job, but someone has to do it. It is a fun job too!

The Azure platform is incredibly large. There are so many different services that is is in reality impossible to be an expert in all of the services. In that light, Microsoft has recently created a new role, the Data Solution Architect (DSA), that compliments the Cloud Solution Architect role. The DSA role focuses on data platform technologies such as Azure SQL Database, Machine Learning, HDInsight, etc. That allows the CSA role to focus on more of the compute and infrastructure services. Naturally, there is a bit of crossover in some areas . . . that is OK.

If you have ever wanted to work in Azure – in any capacity – now is a great time to join Microsoft. There are 292 current job openings currently showing on the Microsoft Careers site.

My team is currently hiring for both the Cloud Solution Architect and Data Solution Architect role. I currently work in SMS&P (that’s Microsoft speak for ‘Small and Midmarket Solutions & Partners’) in Central region for Microsoft. Current open positions include:

  • DSA – Austin, TX
  • CSA – Austin, TX
  • CSA – Minneapolis, MN
  • DSA – St. Louis, MO
  • DSA – Nashville, TN
  • CSA – Houston, TX
  • DSA – Chicago, IL
  • DSA – Milwaukee, WI
  • DSA – Indianapolis, IN

If you want to see the official job description for a CSA or DSA, check out the links below:

If a CSA or DSA sounds like something you would be interested, please contact me.

Being a CSA or DSA at Microsoft is a pretty cool job. But don’t just take my word for it; check out Walter Myer’s video below where he talks about his experience as a CSA.

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‘Tis the Season . . . for Change

For the past 19 months I have served as a Principal Cloud Architect with Aditi Technologies. Today that journey comes to an end. I have had the opportunity to work with some truly amazing, crazy-smart people at Aditi. I have worked with some wonderful clients and worked on some really interesting projects. I have seen some amazing cities I never thought I would get to see. The cloud journey at Aditi has been a wonderful journey. I’ve learned a lot. I’ve laughed a lot. I am thankful.

Staring in January 2015 I will join Microsoft as a Cloud Solution Architect (CSA). I am beyond thrilled about this next chapter in my career. Those that have known me for a while know that I have had a dream / goal of someday working for Microsoft. I have interviewed a few times in the past for various positions at Microsoft, and it just never seemed to work. It worked this time!  All things happen for a reason, and I’m very happy about the new opportunities and challenges that await.

I’m going to be taking a few weeks at the end of this year and start of 2015 to just relax. I’m behind on many “honey do” tasks. I’m behind on my XBox gamer profile as well . . . something I intend to devote time to remedying over the holiday break.