Surviving the Future of IT as an IT Pro

At MMS 2015 we had some interesting discussions in the Ask the Data center experts session. One of the discussions was centered around how IT is changing and how to adapt. For a while there has been a paradigm shift happening in IT. It is hard hitting for those on the front line especially IT Pro’s.

With the advent of many technologies moving to XaaS (x as a Service) based and the challenges for IT pro’s to move from strictly the ops side of IT to more of a DevOps model as well as becoming an internal technology consultant to the business IT Pros can feel lost in the paradigm shift.

The goal of this blog post is twofold. 1. I want to expand on this discussion with my opinion of how an IT Pro can remain relevant in the future of IT. 2. My friends over at Savision asked me to write a blog post and I thought this would be a great topic for it because they have some tools that can help with this transition.

Here are key points and additionally skills/mindset needed as an IT Pro moving into the future of IT:

  • Accepting Shadow IT….. Ability to manage anyway.

Shadow IT is the practice of business units spinning up their own IT solutions without organizational approval. With the expansion of cloud Shadow IT is becoming easier for business units to undertake.

  • Technology Budgets are no longer 100% controlled within IT anymore. Many departments own their own technology budget.
  • For so long IT has had the reputation of being “No People” and a dinosaur that takes forever to get things done. Embracing Shadow IT is about enabling the business, moving faster from conception to solution. Embracing Shadow IT will also change the reputation IT to “Yes People”.
  • This will cause the business to come back to IT first as internal SME’s to help them select the right outside solutions bringing internal IT Pros back into the loop.
  • Instead of focusing on how to stop business units for spinning up the technology solutions they need, help them. At the same time look for solutions that can help put governance and management around Shadow IT. A good example of this are three solutions from Microsoft such as Cloud App discovery (Discovery of cloud applications used in an organization), Azure Active Directory (Single Sign On, Centralized log on to cloud based applications and much more), and OMS (Management of cross platform clouds i.e. Amazon, Azure, Rackspace etc.).

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2015 MVP Summit and MMS 2015

The past two weeks have been full of tech awesomeness. The first week was the 2015 MVP Summit and the second week was MMS 2015. I will recap both of these in this post. Well for the MVP Summit I can’t actually say anything about it but I can post a couple of cool pictures from it. 🙂 Here are some pics from the Summit.

With PowerShell MVP Trevor Sullivan and my roommate/friend CDM MVP Jakob Svendsen during breakfast.

With the man! Mr. OMS/System Center Jeremy Winter.

Good discussion with a bunch of smart guys. CDM MVP Stanislav Zhelyazkov (Stan the man), CDM MVP legend Cameron Fuller, and CDM MVP Jedi Dieter Wijckmans.

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4th time System Center MVP

This morning I received an email from Microsoft that I am awarded System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP for the 4th year. Here is the email I received:


The System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP’s are a great lively bunch of folks. It is an honor to still be a part of this group. I have made many friends at Microsoft, with other MVP’s and in the community during my time as an MVP...

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Featured on Techguy Blog

Today Michael Seidl published an interview he did with me on his blog!


Check it out:



Follow Michael on Twitter @TechGuyAT for System Center related content.

Thanks Michael!

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MVP Award 3rd year

Today I received an email from Microsoft that I was awarded System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP for the 3rd year.

Here is the email I received:


Another huge thanks to everyone in the community and Microsoft. It is an honor to continue to be a part of System Center MVP’s! I look forward to another year with the greats I have made in this community.

Congrats to all the other new and renewed MVP’s! I hope to keep addi...

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Featured on IT PRO Experts

Lee Berg a Systems Management Specialist, active member in the System Center community and now coworker of mine at has a great YouTube channel with Microsoft technology videos for the IT Pro community. It features Weekly Service Manager and Private Cloud round up’s, Demos, Reviews, and Interviews.

Lee has been doing these IT Pro Expert series for a while now...

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MVP for another year!

Today I received an email from Microsoft that I was awarded System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP for another year.

Here is the email I received:


Again a big thanks to everyone in the community and Microsoft. It is an honor to continue to be a part of this team! I have made some great friends over the past year...

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MCSE: Private Cloud Certification

I am happy to announce that today I passed the final exam to obtain the MCSE: Private Cloud certification.


I was able to upgrade from the MCITP: Server Administrator requiring me to only pass two exams. Out of the 70-246 Private Cloud Monitoring and Operations with System Center 2012 and 70-247 Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012 the 70-247 exam was the harder of the two.


To learn more about the MCS...

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Free e-book and online access to many books

Packt has published 1,000 titles and they are giving away free stuff.

This is the last day to sign up.

If you haven’t already go claim your 1 free e-book and get 7 day access to Packt Publishing online library. This gives you access to all the books Packt has published including mine Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010. Some other great titles are:

  • Microsoft System Center 2012 Configuration Manager Administration Cookbook  (Just...
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Awarded System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP 2012

Today I received an email that made my year!

I was awarded System Center Cloud and Datacenter Management MVP by Microsoft.

Here is the email I received:

Dear Steve Buchanan,

Congratulations! We are pleased to present you with the 2012 Microsoft® MVP Award! This award is given to exceptional technical community leaders who actively share their high quality, real world expertise with others...

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