“Your career should be about what you love, not about what you feel that you have to do” — Michael Levan


Hi! I’m Michael Levan. A tech enthusiast and engineer at heart. I’m CTO and Senior Partner at CloudSkills.io, a Cloud & DevOps enablement consulting/training firm.

Outside of owning a business, I’ve received rewards for my Microsoft Azure contributions to the community, speak internationally, have 3 published engineering books, create free content on YouTube, and blog over at https://www.pythoninthecloud.net

 

 

 

“There’s a big difference between passion and the hustle culture. It’s great to be passionate about what you do, but don’t burn out on it.”

Michael Levan

 

I LOVE Writing Code

I started my career out in the sysadmin/helpdesk space. I decided that I wanted to start automating my job, but I had no idea how. I quickly learned about PowerShell and I fell in-love with writing code!

Now, I write in Python, Go (Golang), HCL, JavaScript (sometimes), and PowerShell

I have several open-source GitHub projects which you can find at github.com/AdminTurnedDevOps


 

I’ve made it my life mission to help as MANY people as I possibly can. I’ve had a very successful career so far with positions ranging from Systems Administrator, Senior Cloud Engineer, Senior DevOps Engineer, Lead DevOps Engineer, Developer, Developer Advocate, Chief Architect, and CTO.

I LOVE the path that I took to get to where I am today and I want to help others do the same, whether it’s on the space trajectory as myself or something completely different.

With my wide range in tech, I’m confident I can help anyone, as long as they want to help themselves.

Bio

I started out my career like most do in IT with a traditional infrastructure background, helpdesk/desktop support. After I dove deep and realized the different ways to automate my job, I quickly realized the next step to my career, DevOps and Cloud Engineering. This next step wasn’t easy. I stayed up late, woke up at 4:00AM to study and further myself, all with a newborn at home, so I was barely sleeping as is :).

After working as a Sysadmin on Hyper-V, ESXi, Azure, Powershell, and all-around Windows Infrastructure, I wanted to take the next step in my career and see the “other side”. This led me to do a complete 180 and move into technologies like Linux, Python, and AWS. After not knowing much about this space, I buckled down, studied more, and quickly became a Subject Matter Expert.

After working with Linux, AWS, Python, Ansible, Containerization (Docker), Orchestration (Kubernetes), and Web Applications, I started to see a HUGE shift in the Microsoft ecosystem. It wasn’t about Windows and desktops anymore. It was about open source, Linux, containerization, and working as a community. I took this as another opportunity to do yet another 180 and come full-circle back to the Microsoft space to focus my efforts on practicing DevOps on the other side of the realm (again).

After taking all of the knowledge and experience I’ve learned over several years in Dev and Ops, I decided to combine them all with the love of content creation and worked as a Developer Advocate.

Stepping forward a while, I am now the CTO & Senior Partner at CloudSkills.io, a DevOps & Cloud enablement training and consulting firm.

I’m utterly fascinated with development, code quality, DevOps, cloud engineering, and most importantly, building cool stuff! I simply can’t get enough of all of the cool, new, and exciting technology that’s out there. It’s truly a beautiful time to be in technology.