I am the CTO of Agitare Technologies, Inc., a cloud consulting and products practice in the Pacific Northwest. I teach Cloud Computing classes at North Seattle College as well as IoT classes in Bellevue College. Also, I manage the biggest independent Cloud Computing Community in the region – the CloudTalk Meetup.
My career in technology started more than 25 years ago while I was still a college student. At that time I was helping at my brother’s company to assemble and sell custom-built PCs. In 1995 the Internet became popular, and I was one of the first students in my university who wrote a graduation thesis about the Internet. My research on Internet sparked my interest in that area, and I’ve spent most of my career designing and developing technologies on the Internet. I’ve worked for small and large enterprises in Europe and US among which are the networking company 3Com, the German software giant SAP as well as Microsoft.
At Microsoft, I managed a Program Management team in Windows Client division, and later on, I moved to the Azure team. It was the right time to get into the new and exciting world of cloud computing, big data, and other emerging cloud technologies. As part of the initial Azure team, I had the opportunity to guide the early adopters through their path to the cloud and work with Open Source communities to promote the value of Azure.
Since then I’ve been helping enterprises understand the latest cloud technologies and develop scalable, secure and user-friendly cloud solutions. I always approach customer projects with a “how to make technology simple, secure and usable” attitude. I work with newer technologies like containers, cognitive services, and IoT and help our customers get immediate value out of those.