The time has come to start a new part of my worklife! I am leaving Basefarm and the Lead Architect role I had there for a new job as a Chief Cloud Architect at Evry.
During my time at Basefarm I have been working intensively with Azure Stack and Azure offerings as well as on-premise solutions. Basefarm was one of the Azure Stack early adopters and the learnings within this journey have been challenging and interesting both based on the appliance and also the organisational adoption.
My key areas as a Chief Cloud Architect will be on public cloud solutions and helping my team at Evry and the customers be successful in the transformation to the public cloud.
I will be focusing on amazing solutions based on Azure and Azure Stack but I will also work on AWS and Google Cloud solutions.
I will have the great pleasure to work with Marius Sandbu that is also a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.
This month I have started on a new job at Basefarm and will be in the Sweden office but also work with the rest of the company residing in Norway and Netherlands. I will take on the role as Microsoft Lead Architect and be responsible for the Microsoft Datacenter Delivery with Azure, Azure Stack and Windows Azure Pack. This will be a really exciting times with the Azure Stack on the verge to being released this year!
I will try to update the blog more frequently with findings in areas that might be interesting regarding the way to do things the best way.
We will work on being the best hybrid solution provider in the north of Europe 🙂
So the end of 2016 is near and I wanted to do a post about what has been going on during this awesome year…..
Starting in January I had my achilles tendon rupture that happened in December 2015 to recover from and that made me a little more inmobile than usual but still that did not hold me back from being one of the proctors at the DevOps Hackathon in Copenhagen where I got to be with Rasmus and Aleksandar from Microsoft and also Claus and Fredrik helping the teams doing magic with the time limited to 2 days. It was really cool to see all ideas and how they tried to work together and reach the goal..
Then in February it was time for the NIC Conf in Oslo where I and Fredrik had two sessions about Chef and Azure. It is a great conference and if you have time this year I would strongly recommend you to go there! After that great event and networking we headed back to Sweden and the Microsoft TechX Azure conference where me and Fredrik had the first AzureStack session in Sweden, also during the days we had a Chef DevOps and a Operations Management Suite session. Also in February Me and Fredrik together with two developers Mathias and Jakob did a whole DevOps-day at the Microsoft office in Stockholm and the event was sold out and a total success!
In March it was time for a vTech seminar where I had sessions about Operations Management Suite and AzureStack together with Microsoft and HP Enterprise showing the CPS in their 250 box.
In April I went to the awesome PowerShell Europe Conference in Hannover and helped out Steven from Chef as he could not make it so I did his session on Chef together with PowerShell DSC making awesome stuff on Azure. If you are smart and want to stay in IT I recommend you to go to this conference in 2017!
In the beginning of May me and Fredrik had a session on SCUG Datacenter day about Azure Site Recovery. Also later in May it was time for the DevOps Hackathon in Sweden with Rasmus and Aleksandar where I also was a proctor and helped out with the event!
In September I had a session on the gigantic Microsoft Ignite conference about Puppet and PowerShell in a real world case. During this event Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 was released also! I had some great networking with people and I helped out some with different expertise areas! Of course the Swedish Chef was there!
In October I got to be part of the Swedish Microsoft Webinar series about the release of Windows Server 2016 and my part was about Hyper-V and VMM.
In November I went to the MS HQ in Redmond and had as always a great time networking with Microsoft people and other MVP´s. During the week I was trying to schedule my time the best way but as always you cannot be everywhere in the same time unfortunately. One of the key take aways was the workshop on Thursday about Value Stream Mapping and I will surely use it in the future and that not only for pure software development stuff! If you have some time over during the holidays I would recommend you to read the Phoenix Project!!
The week after the MVP summit I was at the Microsoft TechDays Sweden where I was part of both a preconf and also a session. The pre-conf was a short DevOps hackathon and we had about 20 attendees that during 6 hours hacked on some ideas, as always when Mathias, Jakob, me and Fredrik do things together we had a great success 🙂
The last time-slot on the last day of the TechDays conference me and Fredrik had the fun session about Puppet and PowerShell, unfortunately our session was not one of the recorded this year..
Thank you all for being part of this awesome year of 2016 and hope to see you all next year!
So last week I was at Microsoft Ignite in Atlanta and had a great time with all attendees and speakers and the wonderful staff that guided all of us 23 000+ there!
Of course the Swedish Chef tagged along and was hanging with some cool people! And as you can see in low right corner, my friend Fredrik could not be at Ignite in person but had the brilliant possibility to join with a remote controlled robot that he explored the different areas with…
There was some good stuff presented there also and here is a list of the best sessions and there are probably a hundred more that I have not seen yet so there might be a revised list later 😉 :
If you as I want a big library of ppt´s and videos of this event you can go to your friend PowerShell and download all available presentations with a great script from Mattias and Michel. So start exploring and please add your favorites in the comments below!
So 2016 have started and fun stuff will happen in the near future!
Last week me and the family was in the ski mountains Idre and the rest of the family was skiing but I had a achilles tendon rupture in the christmas weekend so I had to be in the cabin most of the time! Although one evening I got to do some sightseeing on the mountain B-)
Pretty amazing stuff going with a large piste caterpillar and seeing the result!
But more importantly what is happening in the near future:
DevOps Hackathon in CopenHagen 20-21/1
I will be one of the proctors on Rasmus Hald´s DevOps Hackathon that will take place in Microsoft´s office in Copenhagen Denmark. During two days we will do workshops in DevOps stuff.
NIC in Oslo 4-5/2
Me and Fredrik will do two sessions on DevOps and automation with Chef/Azure/PowerShell/ARM during the Nordic Infrastructure Conference
The year of 2016 started in the best of ways when I got the mail every technical community fellow waits for with the subject:
Congratulations 2016 Microsoft MVP!
Dear Niklas Akerlund,
Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2016 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others. We appreciate your outstanding contributions in Cloud and Datacenter Management technical communities during the past year.
I am very thankful and happy that I get this for the third year!
And thank you IT-fellow out there that read and follow my content!
The year of 2015 could though have ended in a better way, I played some badminton after christmas and had the unfortunate luck to get a achilles tendon rupture so the first half of 2016 I will be recovering from this.. (typical injury for a male in his 40ies ? )