Can you believe it? Based on my blogging history you would have thought that the next update would not have come for MONTHS….maybe even years!
Well, guess what… here we are!
And now for the update…..
Get-AzBlogUpdate… Prod Successful
It’s been a wild few months of amazing transitions and craziness. We have gone live in Azure at work, while the world is in the throes of a global pandemic. This means I have gone from traveling to King of Prussia, PA about once a month to working 100% remote. So the question becomes… how does one continue to lead a HEAVY Azure Cloud and Azure DevOps Migration while fully remote? Honestly, the same way that you did when or if you were there in person. You just do the needful. You just keep… getting it done!
I felt coming into this journey with my company that it was going to be another “consulting gig” and then I would move on. I can honestly say that moving on from my former company, I worked with THE BEST OF THE BEST.
Now that we are 10 months in (my Gawd it’s been 10 months), I can truly say that I did leave my consulting life behind. You may see that as a negative but I certainly don’t. I joined a team that was in the midst of a cloud migration. I am writing this post after the 4th completely successful change window that runs in the very early morning on weekends. We do this to impact our customers as little as possible, mind you this is still during the quarantine period of Covid-19. I credit my company, that we are running “business as usual” as much as possible during this once in a century time that we are in. We continually ENABLE our clients to do “business as usual” during this crazy time with our products.
This ain’t a sales pitch, I am just saying that in the 3 years of consulting work, it was difficult to generate ownership necessary to fuel a true migration. We would go in pontificating DevOps and Cloud Migration but we were talking to people so far in the weeds, that they were the dog from Nintendo Duck Hunt. They may have understood the end goal but they were honestly looking years in the future to get there. Now that I am back on the front lines, I can completely understand where those folks are/were.
#1 take away from this post!!! — Look here first if TL;DR — A #CloudMigration is a journey. It doesn’t matter if you had the CTO of Azure sitting next to you, you won’t do it “right the first time”.
Your… yes you … your migration is unique. If it worked for HUGE COMPANY #2…. that doesn’t mean it will work for you. Your application has never seen the cloud, no matter what company you work for. If you are migrating an application and that is really your application, then it’s a brand new thing. Don’t beat yourself up over the time it took to get it there. You are plowing brand new ground for this set of code.
Just get it done.
Then no matter how small the effort, this is a BRAND NEW THING ON THE CLOUD! Take Pride in what you have done.
Mrs. ScriptWarrior wife now encourages me to write a book about the dichotomy of the consulting side vs the in the weeds side. It’s a very interesting optic to look through.
If you are getting discouraged that your Cloud Migration will never happen… keep going!
If you are a DevOps engineer that is a team of 1 that is trying to drive adoption … keep going!
You may be one person or one deployment away from SUCCESS!