With many years of application development, systems administration, database design and administration, release automation, and systems architecture under his belt, his current role is as a hands-on Principal Cloud Architect at Cloudreach. He currently holds all 11 AWS certifications and holds several other industry certifications. Specialites include full-stack software engineering, SQL and NoSQL databases, application architecture, “DevOps”, application migration and modernization, automation, cloud-native app design and delivery, AWS, Python, Golang, Terraform, CloudFormation, and Ansible.
In the past year, Brad has delivered a handful of presentations/talks, authored two magazine articles, and is currently working on a book – to be published at the end of 2019 by Apress Publishing. Brad is currently part of the AWS APN Ambassador Program.
When he’s not cloud-whispering, you’ll find him hanging out with his wife and two awesome boys, strumming a guitar, buried in a book, trying to learn a new language (as in, human language), building something in his shop, or tinkering with one from a collection of way too many microcontrollers.
BA Economics, 2005
University of Virginia, Charlottesville
BS Electrical Engineering, 2011
Virgina Commonwealth University (not completed)
11 AWS certifications. What does it mean to have 11 AWS certifications? In the basest interpretation, it means that I have passed (at least) 11 certification exams. Other than that, it means a lot of things, many of which I would have never expected. It means that: many people on LinkedIn now believe that I am their personal learning coach, there to provide them with personalized learning plans and advice; in a similar vein, I have also received quite a few questions/requests from people who now believe me to be their personal AWS Q&A service.
I signed up for Bespoke Post last October, receiving two orders and skipping one. The second box showed up in December – a decanter and two glasses (their Parlor box), only one of the glasses was shattered. “No big deal,” I reason to myself. This sort of thing probably happens every now and then, so I pull up Bespoke’s site and find their support email. I send an email explaining the situation and receive some great news in reply:
I recently implemented a series of AWS Batch jobs for a client. While most of these were for implementing, well, batch jobs, in the form of reporting functions, I decided to give a go to deploying Cloud Custodian using the same framework, as it basically involved creating an additional CloudFormation nested stack, building Custodian policies and baking them into a container to deploy through Batch. Getting everything up and going was a fair bit of work, so I wanted to encapsulate my learnings into something else others could use.
This one’s short, sweet, and to the point. Here are my GCP Professional Data Engineer exam notes.
I’ve had the good fortune of traveling quite a bit recently. I’m no connoisseur, but I do like a good meal. As I come across a great restaurant, I’ll make a note of it here. Austin, TX Moonshine Grill: I had the Green Chile Macaroni and a friend had the Chicken & Waffles (both of us greatly enjoyed our meals). Atlanta, GA DBA Barbeque: I had the Archie Bunker (it was great).