A Vision and Strategy for 2020

Although I don’t generally subscribe to New Year’s resolutions, I do like to review my professional goals on a regular basis and make sure they align with my overall strategy and vision for my career. I suppose that the beginning of a new year is a useful reminder to check in and see how things are going. In a previous post, I took a look at my goals for 2019 and how I did on achieving those goals. I also mentioned how I needed to revise those goals for 2020 based on my new circumstances, i.e. being self-employed.

Before I can even formulate new goals for the year, I think I need to spend a little time figuring out what the long term vision is for Ned in the Cloud LLC. The vision creates a strategy, the strategy determines goals. The fundamental question is, what is the vision for me?

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The 2010s: A Decade in Review

In the most recent episode of Buffer Overflow, we talked about the biggest tech trends for the 2010s. I thought I would expand on my thoughts a little bit with this post. Check out the full episode below.

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Azure Advent Calendar 2019 – AKS and Pod Identity

The Azure Advent Calendar is a fantastic idea from Gregor Suttie and Richard Hooper. Everyday, starting on December 1st and going until Christmas, they are posting three new Azure videos on their YouTube channel. They were originally planning to post a single video each day, but the response was so overwhelming they were able to schedule 75 total videos! I guess they shouldn’t be surprised, this is the Microsoft MVP community we are talking about. When I asked for a few guests on my fledgling Day Two Cloud podcast, the response was similarly overwhelming.

My humble entry is being published today, December 3rd, and the topic is running the Pod Identity solution on Azure Kubernetes Service.

The code for the demo can be found on my GitHub in this repository. As I mentioned in the demo, there is a bug in the azure-identity library for Python that is preventing my Flask application from working properly. I’m submitting a bug report, and if it gets fixed I’ll post an update here.

I’m excited about all the great content that will be published in the run up to Christmas. You can see the complete calendar at their website. Thanks again to Gregor and Richard for inviting me to be a part of this event.

Happy viewing and happy holidays!

-Ned

Ned in the Cloud LLC – Six Month Check-in

Six Month Check-In: Cruisin’

In May of 2018, I decided to start my own company (Ned in the Cloud LLC), quit my lucrative consulting job, and hang my own shingle for content creation, education, and technical writing. Well, that’s not entirely accurate. I actually decided to strike out on my own in September of 2018, it just took me until May of 2019 to do it. I won’t rehash the entire thing now. If you want to hear the whole story, check out my detailed post or this episode of The Full Stack Journey podcast.

So how are things going six months later? In a word. Awesome. That’s all you wanted to know? Sweet, thanks for reading.

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OH. You’re still here? Neat! Here’s what’s been going on since my post back in August.

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