Category: Interviews

Leon Laude [Interview]

This time, we are meeting Leon, who is a very passionate about sharing his knowledge with the community and help others! He is definitely one of those guys that you go to to get your stuff done! Let’s get to know him better:

Q: Please tell us a little about yourself and your background.
A: My name is Leon Laude, I work as a full time consultant in mid-size company in Stockholm, Sweden. My focus is mainly on Microsoft products, such as Windows Server, System Center, Hyper-V, Azure, Active Directory and a few others. I started working with these roughly 7 years ago, I started my IT career as a help desk agent, then I moved on to 2nd line support for workstations and printers, and eventually I ended up working with everything within the data center such as servers, firewalls, networks and storage within the Windows environment.
Q: I see you are very active on Technet Forums and also run your personal blog. What attracted you to get involved into community contributions?
A: I like to help people, I have always liked helping others, it brings me joy in life and I can also learn many new things by helping others.
I’ve known the Microsoft TechNet community for quite some time now, and I’ve noticed how many questions get asked there, but there are also many questions that are struggling to get some answers. There is clearly a big need of more help there, so I thought that I can share my knowledge with others, and maybe it could be useful or help them out, so I ended up contributing to the community by answering and troubleshooting people’s questions and also writing Wiki articles.
Q: What technologies do you think are on the rise dominantly in near future? 
 
A: This is always an interesting question, but I think we can all agree on that the cloud is growing bigger and becoming more popular.
From what I hear and experience from current customers and colleagues, many companies want to go with the hybrid model, meaning having both on-premises and cloud services.
Another technology that is rising is containers, I believe this will also play a bigger role in the future.
Q: What advice would you give to the new IT professionals to be successful in their journey?
A: What you need to know about IT is that it’s constantly changing, find something you feel comfortable to work with and something you enjoy doing.
Don’t get stuck with some tool, because it won’t last forever, try to be open to new things and keep yourself up-to date with where the IT industry is heading.
It is also very important to keep a good balance between your work and your personal life.
Q: What do you enjoy to do when you’re not working?
 
A: I spend a lot of time contributing to the Microsoft TechNet community, because I enjoy doing it, which doesn’t actually leave me that much time to do other things.
My other passions are travelling around the world, doing sports to keep myself fit, being with my girlfriend, family and friends. I do love the nature and I’ve always liked exploring and trying out new things!
Thanks for the interview! 🙂
Thanks a lot Leon for chatting with us! 
You can get in touch with him here:
Cheers

Stoyan Chalakov : A real life MVP! [Interview]

This interview is VERY special to me, personally. Stoyan is not only my technical teacher, my guide but also my very good friend, and who’s been with me since pretty much the beginning of my professional journey. A big chunk of what I am today (and whatever I will be in future), I owe it to Stoyan. A true community contributor, professional and always more than ready to help the community wherever and whenever possible!

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So, let’s get into it!

Stoyan, please tell us a little about yourself!

My name is Stoyan Chalakov and besides being a proud father of two I am also a full time consultant in a small consulting company, located in Bern, Switzerland. In July this year (2018) I got my 2nd Microsoft MVP award in the Cloud and Datacenter Management category.
My focus lies on private and hybrid Cloud management, involving number of technologies like Microsoft System Center, Hyper-V, Office 365, Microsoft Azure and covering topics like Datacenter monitoring, IT Service Management, Orchestration and Automation. Still, my passion is System Center Operations Manager, which plays also a key role in my community contributions. 
I am currently struggling finding a healthy equilibrium between work and family and part of this is dedicating all my spare time for my family and kids. If you ask me how I imagine my personal quality time, I would say: give me a nice book (old school paper book) and watch me 🙂
Since when are you involved with the community contributions and what keeps you going?

It started back in the time, when I was working for the Microsoft Professional Support. I was answering posts on the so-called Microsoft Newsgroups, which has been discontinued some years ago. At that time, it was more of a duty to me than an actual community work. After moving to Switzerland, I started working actively with different System Center Products like Service Manager, Orchestrator and Operations Manager and I quickly found out how great it is to be able to ask questions or get help in a quick manner. So, after a while, as advanced with all the technologies I started also answering questions and helping others in the forums. Each marked answer and each “Thank You” puts a smile on my face. There isn’t a better motivation than this.

With the ever-rising popularity of cloud services, do you think on-premise technologies have started to die out? Will on-premise technologies ever be completely taken over by cloud?

I wouldn’t say that on-premise technologies are dying out, I think they are just currently being overrun by the respective cloud alternatives. Microsoft’s “Cloud First, Mobile First” created a “cloud” rush indeed and we cannot deny that for many organizations going to the cloud was a way better option, than operating a local Datacenter. We are all familiar with the reasons for that.

Despite this, there are lots of companies and establishments, which are not ready or not able to go the cloud for different reasons. There are also those, which move only part of their infrastructure and workloads to the cloud, which creates a unique Hybrid model. For all of them “on-premise” will always be a topic.

If you were to start your career with a clean slate again – what would be your technology of choice to begin with?

I started my career in the Microsoft Professional Support Services and there it is all about troubleshooting and problem solving – troubleshooting core issues (revealing the cause for a BlueScreen by analyzing memory dumps, server freezes and other performance issues), network (connectivity, network performance, etc.,) and Active Directory related issues on Windows Servers. This was a great entrance in the Microsoft world for me because I learned not only all important basics and how things work, but I also learned the different troubleshooting and problem solving techniques. So, if I can decide again where to start, I would make the exact same choice I did back then.

When you’re not working, what do you do for fun?

With my employment as consultant and all the community work, I barely have any spare time. I am a family guy and spend each free minute with my kids. This is what brings my joy and puts a smile on my face after a tough day. I do like to spend time in the nature, but currently this happens only or rare occasions.

Great, thanks Stoyan!

Stoyan really puts the things very well into perspective. You can reach him on the channels below:

LinkedIn

Twitter

Here’s his Technet profile:

Technet – Stoyan Chalakov

Cheers!

NEW Author Announcement – Sameer Mhaisekar ( A talented blogger, a SCOM expert, and ambitious guy)

This is an exciting period for AnalyticOps Insights.It is growing and it is becoming from personal blog to a community blog. Our new author Sameer Mhaisekar is a very talented blogger, a young ambitious SCOM expert and a community contributor. Let’s get know him a little better.

Who is Sameer?

Hello, I am a young addition to the SCOM community from India. I’ve been working with SCOM for the last couple of years and fell in love with it. After being blessed by the awesome community for a long time, a few months ago I started contributing my little share. I’m serving the community mainly in the Operations Manager forums. I aim to be a capable SCOM admin and MP author. Apart from SCOM, I also take a keen interest in Powershell, SCCM, Azure, and OMS (which I am still learning).When I’m not working I enjoy reading, blogging, traveling, sports, online gaming, etc.

I have read your Linkedin and Microsoft Tech profiles, and the first impression I got is that you are a very ambitious guy. In two years you have done so much. Your progress is very impressive. And therefore it makes sense to me that you have great ideas and goals that you want to achieve. So, first of all, am I right? If I am, what are they?
You are right, I am pretty ambitious and willing to work hard for it. I aim to be a capable IT professional all-around and to serve the community as much as I can. My goal is to be a person who can get your work done, whenever you ask me to.

What was the biggest challenge in your workplace that you accomplished?
The biggest challenge I faced (which I still face very often) is just coming up with the sheer vastness of IT. Having come from a non-IT background, this was pretty tough for me in the beginning. However, after a while, I got used to it, and now I actually love that there’s always more and new things to learn!
Do you think there is a future for SCOM?
Definitely. Apart from the fact that there is a vast majority of organizations who are highly dependent on SCOM environments, it is simply not possible or feasible to move everything to cloud and achieve the same level of competency. Not to mention SCOM is becoming better and better, just look at the latest version SCOM 1801!
Do you think the OMS will replace SCOM?
Not in near future, no it won’t. I believe SCOM and OMS both work the best hand-in-hand, and they compliment each other very well. I think the advantages on-premise software providers are not matched in cloud solutions (yet, at least). However, let’s not pretend that OMS will never replace SCOM in future, but for now, SCOM is here to stay.
And finally a traditional question, Star Wars or Star Trek?

Well, please don’t hate me for saying this, but I haven’t watched both and to be honest, I’m not a fan of it either.
For me though, the better question would be “Who’s better, Messi or Ronaldo?”

Thank you.

Chat with Sameer in SCOM Community chat room.

Or contact on LinkedIn for professional advice.

Or find him on Technet.

Sebastian Pabst (The father who can also teach you a lot about SCOM) [Interview]

Sebastian is an excellent example of a professional that always keeps his family first. Therefore, I think he is a unique member of our growing community; I believe that the best quote that describes him is:

“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

Sebastian spends most of his time with his family. He is a husband and the father of a two-year-old son. He spends the rest of his time focusing on SCOM solutions. This includes creating customer-specific monitoring and automation requests.

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The first time I noticed Sebastian was when he retweeted my open source projects. I got really curious about his opinion on Open Source. And so I called up we chatted for a few minutes, and that’s it, I knew that this was the guy that was going to be featured on The March in. So, Let’s get know him a little better.

What do you think of Microsoft’s change in its approach to open source?

In my opinion, this change of mind was necessary and inescapable, as a fight against the open source community would merely have been hopeless. If you can’t defeat an enemy, make him your friend.

Do you use open source in your projects?

Not yet. But there are projects from open source operating systems. So it’s only a matter of time.

Do you use visual studio to develop monitoring packages?

At the moment I mainly work with Visual Studio 2017 Pro with the authoring extensions. Occasionally with Silect’s MP Author.

After work, house or beer with friends?

Home and after work beer in the garden with the family and neighbors.

Star Wars or Star Trek?

It’s a tough decision, but if I had to decide: Star Wars!

Thank you

“The Force will be with you. Always.” — Obi-Wan Kenobi

Tweet Sebastian on Twitter.

Awesome Things I Didn’t Know About my Colleague [Interview]

This week, I have the honor to introduce an exceptional community member. He has been my colleague for the past seven years. Please say hello to Moshe Ovadya.IMG-20180304-WA0001 

Moshe has had more than 10 years of experience as a SCOM expert. He has a massive impact on all successful projects we work together on, such as the most known of all, the OleDb query monitor. Moshe was the inspiration and the motivation behind it and helped me a lot to improve it so everyone could enjoy it. Let’s get to know him a little better:

Moshe after years of working as a monitoring expert do you think a SCOM is still relevant?

I believe so. I think we will look at a lot more community projects that will respond to the speed at which technology is changing. And therefore, I’m sure that a SCOM will stay relevant.

What do you love about monitoring?

I love the fact that always you need to improve and learn new technology, for instance, several years ago we used to write scripts in VBScript or JavaScript, and now we write scripts in a PowerShell and C#.

What do you work toward in your free time?

Actually, lately, I started to learn more seriously a motion designing this is something that I always wanted to do, and even I created a YouTube channel with all the videos I have done.

What is the funniest or stupidest thing that has happened to you recently?

In a previous job, I still do not know why but I agreed to bet that I could swallow cinnamon, I will not tell you how it ended, you should see it yourself  🙂

Which is better, StarWars or StarTrek?

StarTrek.

Thank you!

Chat with Moshe in SCOM Community chat room.

Or contact on LinkedIn for professional advice.

Or just tweet him on Twitter.