I’ve been working in the IT industry since 2001. I did my first desktop PC rollout that summer and enjoyed that and the money, which was more than i was making playing the piano in cocktail lounges in Glasgow hotels!
From there i wrote my first MCSE exam and worked my way up through a variety of positions from Helpdesk and the various levels of technical support. In 2004 i joined the National Health Service in Manchester, UK as a Microsoft Systems Engineer and became heavily involved as the “on-call guy” supporting a 16,000 user environment. Among other things I learned the dark arts of Exchange Server and Active Directory, often working late nights and weekends doing everything from server builds to custom scripting for application support and the various services requiring IT support in the Hospitals. Given that this was the NHS, our office in the basement was literally like something out of the IT Crowd. Well maybe not quite as bad as that, but close. I wouldn’t have changed anything though, as this is where i really cut my teeth in IT infrastructure and found out i was pretty good, gaining more and more responsibility.
Fast forward three years and i was offered a year long contract in Kuwait City, Kuwait. I’ll never forget walking around in +45c heat at 7pm when it was considered “cooler.” From Kuwait i returned to Manchester for a year before leaving to take up a permanent job offer with a major Microsoft Gold Partner in Alberta Canada in January 2009. The day i walked off the plane in Calgary it was -43c… the contrast to Kuwait was overwhelming! No matter where I’ve traveled, I count myself lucky that I’ve been able to have that world perspective that many folks don’t have. It helps me in my day-to-day work.
In Spring of 2016 i was very pleased to become a Microsoft Partner Technical Specialist (P-TSP) within the Microsoft ecosystem. These days i ply my trade assisting customers adopt the Microsoft cloud, as a technical architect heavily involved in presales.
Since 2009 I met my Canadian wife, became a father and developed a love of the Rockies and long road trips to Jasper and interior British Columbia. There I get away from the Cloud and appreciate the real clouds in the sky 🙂
Hope you enjoy reading my blog, feedback is always welcome.