About

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Hello, My name is Tim Schaeps and I'm a technology enthusiast that likes to share stuff.

I'm a principal consultant working for AE, which is a Belgian IT consultancy company. My work can be seen as "helping organizations with their evolution towards a DevOps way of working", but for me, it goes way further. I like to assess situations, find the places where it hurts and work (together with the involved people) towards a solution. Because of my (technical) background and my broad knowledge, I focus mainly on the people, the processes and the tools in IT departments and (by extension) organizations as a whole. Additionally, I have always been fascinated by "cloud" and in my context that is mainly Microsoft Azure. This huge platform has been around my entire professional career and has a vast and ever growing amount of services. It is very challenging to completely know and understand it. So when I look at organization that just get started, I often see that people struggle with it. So having said this, it is my aim to understand/know as much as possible of it so that I can in turn help others with it where I can.

Since 2010, I have been writing on and off for my personal website/blog and I must admit that I have not always been the best or even consistent writer in terms of regular posting. There were periods when I wrote up absolutely nothing there were periods when I wrote from time to time. Fact is that when I started my professional career, Yves Goeleven (twitter) (who was my colleague/coach/mentor/... at the time), encouraged me somewhere in 2010-2011 to share my learnings with the world.

Even though I know very well that I don't (publicly) share enough the stuff that I learn, it really starts to make sense more and more. Now that I can look back on those 10+ years, it really isn't only about sharing those little things that we come to discover during our explorations. It seems stupid, but for some reason I always seem to find myself solving the (most complex) problems that no one has encountered before and when I solve those, it is typically by finding little pieces of information all over the place. Just being able to link those pieces and use them to get to a result, is already very rewarding. But it can be even better to write it down and to share it for the next one that is having a hard time solving an issue!

It is however important to understand that knowledge sharing and community work is one of the most important things that have helped me to get where I am today and I really see it as my duty to give back as much as I can.

Experience

Products/platforms that I worked with

  • Azure DevOps Server (Previously: Team Foundation Server) (management side)
  • Azure DevOps (Previously: VSTS, VSO) (management side)
  • Azure (In general)
  • Cakebuild
  • Chocolatey
  • Nuget
  • TeamCity (management side)
  • RabbitMQ (infra setup)
  • and many more 😉

Some of the projects that I did that give me fond memories

  • Rollout of DEV pc's to an group of development teams
    • 3 times in total: 2014, 2017, 2020-2021
  • Migration to Microsoft TFS of a big development organization
  • Migration from Microsoft TFS to Azure DevOps (using the Azure DevOps Migration service)
  • Automated migration of (~1000) builds from Microsoft TFS to JetBrains TeamCity
  • Automated migration of TFVC (Microsoft TFS Version control system) to Git
    • This includes migration of builds based on JetBrains TeamCity templates to builds based on Cake (still in TeamCity)
  • Upcoming: automated migration of builds from JetBrains TeamCity to Microsoft Azure DevOps

Attended conferences/trainings

  • Microsoft Build 2016
  • Microsoft Build 2017
  • Techorama 2019
  • Visug XL 2019 (Speaker) I talked about the Cake build system in an enterprise context
  • Cloudbrew 2019
  • Microsoft Leap 2020
  • Microsoft Build 2020 (Online)
  • Microsoft Ignite 2020 (Online)
  • Microsoft Ignite 2021 (Online)
  • Azure Virtual Workshop: Cloud Adoption Framework (2021) (Online)
  • (Virtual) Techorama: spring edition 2021 (Online)
  • (Techorama) Masterclass: Red Team – Blue Team Operations (Paula Januszkiewicz & Mike Jankowski-Lorek)

Certifications:

Completed exams:

I completed the "AZ-303 Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies" and "AZ-304: Microsoft Azure Architect Design" exams as a way towards the "Azure Solutions Architect" certification.

Disclaimer

I create content on this site/blog because I want to share what I learn as I think it can add value for you too. I receive no compensation, from anyone (not even my employer) for this site/blog and I find it important to state this as I want to underline that there is no hidden message in my content...

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