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Cloud Developer Advocate Jasmine Greenaway On Career Advancement and Making .NET the Best Dev Platform

It didn’t take long for Jasmine Greenaway to realize she wanted to reach developers who used Microsoft’s technical stack. At the time, she was working as a software engineer at web-based hosting service GitHub, focused on its extension for Microsoft Visual Studio. Greenaway found herself constantly discussing her now employer’s tech stack, a combination of software products and programming languages used in the development and deployment of a digital product. “What I ended up realizing is there was a need,” says Greenaway, who began attending conferences and explaining VS at length. “It made me want to speak more to those folks, at least at booths, and it started to make me realize I had a voice in general, so I started doing more talks. Most of my skills or responsibilities lie within fixing bugs, doing features; being a software developer, I started to realize that I should go out more and speak more. That led me to Microsoft.” As a Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft, Greenaway...


Feb 27, 2018

Cloud Developer Advocate Cecil Phillip On How Open Source Is the Culture of Tech

Impact: It’s what drives Cecil Phillip. The Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft finds fulfillment in helping customers, companies and students, among others who cross his path to achieve their goals. It’s why his role at the well-known corporation is so important to him and his colleagues. “We’re developers. We’re people in technology, we have a background in technology. Our job is to go out and make sure that you understand what’s available in terms of cloud computing; you understand some of the services that we can offer to you to make sure that your company is successful, make sure that your products are successful,” says Phillip, who joined Microsoft last summer. “Make sure you have the tools, the information, the know how to take whatever it is that you’re creating, whatever your solution and move it into the cloud. Let you know what the benefits are and how it is that we can help you be more proficient; how we can help you save money, and how we can help you increase your...

Janel Martinez

Feb 20, 2018

How Principal DevOps Manager Donovan Brown Has Become One Of Microsoft’s MVP’s

Houston, Texas-native Donovan Brown didn’t intend on becoming a prominent speaker in the world of tech. But with the countless hours he’s invested into his passion of programming, it’s no surprise Brown has honed his craft and found greater confidence on stage. Brown credits many of his career highs and overall opportunities to Microsoft. “My entire career has been on Microsoft software,” says Brown, who’s been writing software for over 20 years. “Microsoft is literally why I have everything that I own. Even when I was a consultant, it was all Microsoft. When I joined Notion Solutions, it was Team Foundation Server [a Microsoft product]. To work for a company that’s literally given me everything, professionally, I take that extremely seriously. I’m extremely proud to work for Microsoft.” His first big stage debut began with a cold email. A technical sales rep at Microsoft at the time, Brown was preparing for a customer visit and pushing Release Management, a product that automates...

Janel Martinez

Feb 20, 2018

Why Ruth Yakubu Listened To Her Inner Voice And Launched A Career In Artificial Intelligence

This post is brought to you in partnership with Microsoft Azure Ruth Yakubu said she wouldn’t be where is today as a Sr. Cloud Developer Advocate at Microsoft with a successful 15-plus-year career in technology if she hadn’t listened to her inner voice. “Deep inside, that voice was like ‘Ruth, this is not you,’” reflects Yakubu, whose parents wanted her to become a doctor. But after growing up going to hospitals in Nigeria and entering undergrad as a pre-med student, she quickly realized biology wasn’t for her after a school course required her to dissect a guinea pig and corrected her journey. “I’m like, wait a minute?,” she says with a laugh. “I didn’t sign up for this!” What Yakubu did sign up for was a C programming course, a class she credits with helping her find her calling. “Whenever I coded, it was like playing chess. It’s like a puzzle you’re trying to solve,” she said with excitement.. “It was very challenging, but the reward you find afterwards, after writing code;...

Janel Martinez

Feb 8, 2018