Prior to joining Microsoft, Evan spent 10 years doing R&D for a major textile manufacturer. He joined Microsoft 9 years ago and is currently a Support Escalation Engineer in the Windows Support team. Prior to joining the Windows team, he was an Escalation Engineer in the SQL Server team working on Azure SQL Database all the way back to when it was called SQL Server Data Services. These days, he focuses on Azure scenarios related to both running Windows on Azure and Azure Networking scenarios such as virtual networks, ExpressRoute, and Azure VPN.
As a senior developer in Microsoft Premier Field Engineering Group, Michael is responsible for working with Microsoft’s largest premier customers in all areas of software development and software engineering. For the past several years he has been focused on the Azure platform and helping customer navigate the move to the cloud.
With the introduction of Azure Media Services and a background with media companies, this has been Michael’s focus for the past year. He has worked on Media Services deployments for both large and small customers, most notably the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi for NBC and other international customers
Michael Collier serves as a Principal Cloud Architect for Aditi, a Microsoft NSI partner that focuses on cloud computing. He is a four-time Azure MVP and was the 2012 Azure MVP of the Year for his extraordinary community contributions. Michael has had a successful 12-year career at various consulting and technology firms where he was instrumental in leading and developing solutions for a wide range of clients. He has a vast amount of experience in helping companies determine the best strategy for adopting cloud computing, and providing the insight, and hands-on experience to ensure they’re successful. Michael is also a respected technology community leader, and can often be found sharing his Azure insights and experiences at regional and national conferences.
Grady Boggs is a specialist for both security and identity at Microsoft. Grady’s experience spans all aspects of security with particular emphasis on identity and access management. In this role, Mr. Boggs provides consultation to enterprise customers all across the Southeast. Grady also leads Microsoft’s Software Security Incident Response Process for the Southeast. Mr. Boggs came to Microsoft from Logic Trends (now FishNet Security), where he was an engagement manager overseeing many identity and access management projects.
Mr. Boggs holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems from Georgia Tech as well as the CISSP certification. With over 20 years of experience, also serves as a consultant on other major projects.
Charles is an all-around Automation Guy. He currently works on the Windows Server & System Center CAT team at Microsoft where his priorities are to accelerate adoption, provide customer insights to engineering, and deliver knowledge to the IT Pro community.
Charles landed at Microsoft in 2010, coming to Microsoft through the Opalis acquisition and now works as a Sr. Program Manager supporting Windows Server and System Center. Charles has been responsible for numerous System Center implementations from small to enterprise customers globally. Since the acquisition, he has evangelized Windows Server & System Center and its place in the datacenter to thousands of people across the world. In his "spare time", Charles keeps the System Center community informed with his fellow team members at their TechNet blog (http://aka.ms/BuildingClouds) and his YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/charlesjoyMS).
Jon Lester is an RDA Project Manager and Consultant with 15 years of experience engineering Microsoft platform solutions. During this time, he has led numerous Web-based and rich-client application development projects utilizing Microsoft tools and technologies, specializing in data-intensive applications for the financial, manufacturing, and logistics industries.
Jon serves as RDA’s Practice Lead for Architectural Guidance which focuses on Application Development, Application Lifecycle Management, and Cloud Solutions. Additionally he is a Microsoft Virtual Technology Specialist (V-TSP) for Application Development and Microsoft Azure in the Southeast Region.
As a Microsoft Azure Most Valuable Partner (MVP) and Principal Cloud Solutions Architect with Aditi Technologies, I live and breathe the Cloud! I hold MS/BS (Magna Cum Laude) degrees in Computer Science, as well as numerous Microsoft certifications. I started out as an OS/2 Developer, and then advanced to Development Manager before joining Microsoft in 1993. While at Microsoft, I thoroughly enjoyed the challenging employment and have held many customer-related roles – Senior Consultant, Technical Evangelist, Support Engineer, Technical Trainer, Solutions Architect Integration Engineer, and Senior Programming-Writer. The different job functions and experience this time has given me a unique breadth as well as depth of the IT environment from the view of development, management, infrastructure, sales, and the customer.
I left Microsoft after almost two decades and moved into the area of Architecture. My passion is to help stakeholders or customers define their business/system requirements, and then apply Windows Azure or Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud architecture patterns and best practices to meet those goals. I love to blog (http://www.michaelmckeown.com) about the Azure Cloud! You may someday see me speak at numerous technical conferences. I develop Cloud courseware for Pluralsight in my spare time. And finally... I also served my country for 23 years as a Naval Engineering Duty Officer.
Jeff Nuckolls (Vice President of Cloud & IoT Practice) at Aditi Technologies where he heads Architecture, Engineering and Product Services. Prior to joining Aditi in 2012, Jeff spent 10 years with Microsoft Corporation, where he served in various key roles across Application Platform, Developer Tools, and Microsoft Azure product divisions.
Jeff’s roots are in enterprise system engineering, software development and enterprise solution architecture. Prior to joining Microsoft, Jeff managed the IBM Innovation Center in Detroit, Michigan. He was also endorsed by Microsoft as a MSDN Regional Director, nominated for leadership and evangelism in emerging technologies for Microsoft developers and enterprise architectures.
As a Principal Architect with RDA Corporation, Jamie has been working with the .NET framework and other Microsoft technologies for over 13 years and has extensive experience in architecting and developing custom solutions for a variety of clients. Jamie specializes in ASP.NET, SharePoint, Software Architecture, and Cloud Computing Initiatives. Jamie holds MCPD certifications for Enterprise Application Development and for SharePoint Administration and Development.
I am a Senior Programming Writer in STB Content Services and International (CSI), specializing in Microsoft Azure. I joined Microsoft in 1997 in Visual C++ support and remained in several developer-focused support roles for several years. I then moved to two different consulting positions for both .NET development and SQL Server. During this time, I also worked on several internal development projects involving ASP.NET, .NET, and SQL Server. I now focus on creating solutions-based content for Windows Azure. I work with both customers and customer-facing teams to find the best-practices for creating applications that get the most out of the Windows Azure platform.
Eric Tanenholtz has been with RDA since 1996. In his current role as Senior Director of Consulting, Cloud Services, Eric is responsible for providing corporate direction and leadership for RDA’s cloud projects and initiatives. This includes project delivery, people management, consultant hiring, skills development, and career growth. Additionally, Eric works closely with RDA’s account executives on sales actions and proposal development. Eric has held several prior roles, including Senior Project Manager and Software Engineer. Eric spent several years working for companies in their internal IT departments and understands the challenges such departments can face. He has an MBA from the University of Maryland.
Byron Tardif is a program manager with Microsoft, working as part of the Azure Web Sites team in Redmond, Washington. Byron studied Computer System Engineering at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City, México and additional studies in Griffith College in Dublin, Ireland, as well as the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. Byron has worked in Windows Server App Fabric, Windows Server, Azure Service Bus and Azure Web Sites. He lives in Redmond, WA and enjoys Traveling, Reading Science Fiction and Photography.