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I'm a consultant, advisor, author, and mentor for people ramping up on cloud-based technologies.
I got a break in the late 1990's when someone took a chance on me. Although I had no experience, I landed my first job in the tech industry. I promised myself I wouldn’t waste the opportunity.
Fast forward to today, and I've worked for tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon, and have founded two consulting companies of my own. I’ve been paid to speak on stage at events around the world. I’ve published four books and have created over twenty online courses that have reached more than 300,000 learners on platforms including Pluralsight, Lynda.com, and LinkedIn Learning.
I've learned firsthand that anyone can create a successful career in the tech industry. My goal is to shorten that learning curve for others and I am a big believer in contributing to the technical community. I'm proud to be recognized as a Microsoft Azure MVP, and I am contributor for several online publications including Forbes, Medium, and TechTarget.
"Mike worked for my team on a new initiative to build fully functional references of enterprise applications on AWS. The initiative was loaded with ambiguity at the time. We were still learning about the best practices for structuring these applications so they were cost effective, but also highly available and secure. Mike exceeded expectations on all aspects of this initiative. He was creative, innovative and passionate about how he approached the work and he consistently delivered results. This new initiative is now mature and has helped thousands of AWS partners and customers use enterprise application stacks successfully on AWS."
- Tom Stickle, Director of Software Engineering, Amazon GuardDuty & Macie
"Mike is one of the most knowledgeable people I know when it comes to cloud technologies and the various services they offer. He's worked extensively as an engineer and instructor with AWS and Azure and knows the ins-and-outs of each one. Mike's also a great speaker and instructor as well. He knows how to explain complex concepts in a way that's easy to understand. Most importantly, Mike's a great guy to work with. He brings a positive attitude to everything he does and is fun to be around. I highly recommend him!"
- Dan Wahlin, Founder & Chief Architect at Wahlin Consulting, Pluralsight author, Microsoft MVP & RD, Google GDE & Docker Captain
"One of the biggest qualities of Mike (I usually call him Sir out of pure respect), is that he is so approachable and humble. Whether one needs help on authoring video courses or wants to make a career changing decision, Mike has always responded to emails and chipped in with his valuable advice that has made a lot of positive impact in my career."
- Manoj Nair, Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft
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