Mike Nelson

Information & Communications Technology

Cloud Computing on the Azure Platform Cloud & Infrastructure Citrix VMware Disaster Recovery Windows Server Hyper-V PowerShell apis Azure aws Datacenter DevOps & Automation WSL Linux Cloud Security Microsoft MVP Microsoft Technology Cloud Technology Women in Tech Microsoft Technologies Educational Technology Technological Innovation Information Technology Developer Technologies M365 Microsoft 365 Office 365 Infrastructure Infrastructure as Code Cloud Native Infrastructure Azure Apps and Infra Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Azure Infrastructure

Appleton, Wisconsin, United States

The Evolution of a Geek - Becoming an IT Architect

Contrary to what some Analysts and IT Recruiters preach, moving, or better yet “evolving’ into a role as an Architect in IT is not something that can be done when your fresh off the books from college, or even if you have been in the technology field for many years. Besides the wealth of knowledge and years of hands-on practical experience that is inherently required, it also takes certain characteristics of personality and behavior to be successful in this role. Come join Mike as he discusses his long professional career journey into Architecture, with stories of fun, success, and failure along the way. If you aspire to test the waters in the Architect role, or want to make it your retirement legacy, join us for some open and frank discussion on what it means to evolve as an IT Architect.


Mike Nelson

Principal Technologist, Solutions Architect, Microsoft MVP, Citrix CTA, VMware vExpert

Mike's career in information technology spans over three decades, involving a vast array of technologies and solutions. I am very passionate about cutting edge technology, solutions, and knowledge sharing. Mike has been awarded prestigious community contribution awards such as a Microsoft MVP for Cloud and Datacenter Management, a Microsoft Azure Advisor, a Citrix Technology Advocate, and a VMware vExpert and VMware User Group Leader. He is an international speaker at technical conferences, corporations, and user groups.


VMware User Group Co-Leader, Microsoft and Women in Technology Mentor

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