In my last post, I mentioned that I was looking for a new job. Late last year I accepted an offer to become the DevOps Manager at VHT here in Akron, OH. I have held off on announcing it until now to allow StoneDonut to communicate my exit to their customers and partners. I have taken a much-needed vacation the first two weeks of this year, and have spent the past two weeks getting settled in my new position in DevOps.
I am very excited to be joining the DevOps team at VHT. I really enjoy working on tough technical problems and building tools and platforms for other developers. I think the DevOps space will be a great fit for my interests and my career growth. The opportunity at VHT was especially attractive as it will give me the opportunity to grow as a technical manager, while still allowing me to perform hands-on work as well. I am looking forward to using my development and integration experience to build the next-generation CI/CD platform for VHT’s development teams.
As one might expect, this career move will bring changes to my personal projects, including this blog. For most of my career, I have primarily worked with .NET, BizTalk, Azure, and other parts of the Microsoft stack. However, VHT is primarily a Linux and Amazon Web Services shop. As a result, the focus of this blog will shift to focus more on Continuous Delivery, AWS, and open source tools like Ansible and Jenkins. I plan on keeping somewhat current with C#, .NET Core and parts of Azure, but I will not be writing blog posts about BizTalk and enterprise integration any time soon. (Though maybe I will write up some posts about integrating open source tools together as part of a CD pipeline!) I am also hoping to write some posts about the custom tools and platforms we build at VHT.
On one hand, I am sad to leave StoneDonut. After 10 years, I definitely consider my former partners Chuck and Michael as mentors and friends. I most certainly would not be here without their help. However, I am also really excited to see where this new road leads. Thanks again for reading.