I'm currently working with KCF Technologies, as a Senior Software Team Lead of the Cloud Operations and Reliability teams. The company produces IoT Sensors and a SaaS Platform for analyzing industrial machine health data. All of this data is collected in our AWS cloud service and processed with a mix of Lambda Functions and containers running on ECS Fargate and now migrating to Kubernetes. The data is all stored in a nearly 100 node, 300+ TB Cassandra DB cluster. When I joined the team, the chief cloud architect was doing all the infrastructure as code and running an entire department, including Corporate IT. Within 2 months, I was able to take on all of his cloud duties so successfully that I’ve become a team onto myself. Since then, I’ve become a team lead and been instrumental in getting new team members onboarded and productive. I’ve also been able to adapt our Terraform code to work for all projects while being safer to deploy, such that we have CI/CD handling stage and prod deployments for both our infrastructure and product code. Additionally, in my spare time, learned Kubernetes, and brought this back to our team as a way to converge on premise and cloud deployments, saving time and money, while allowing us to get features to customers quicker.
KCF lives and breathes under 3 simple values that dictate how everyone within the organization is to approach work and problem solving. They are Smarts, Grit, and Drive. I've learned a lot on all 3 of these values with my time at KCF and will carry them as personal tokens of ambition and success throughout my carear.