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Posted by Dana Epp

Why we started the KnowOps movement : Azure administration for the rest of us

One of the privileges in working with our customers who use AuditWolf is getting to engage with Azure administrators from all walks of life. Over the last couple of years we've noticed an interesting trend where the lines between IT Pros, developers and business managers are blurring as cloud computing comes into its own light and it becomes much easier to roll out Cloud IT with a credit card and a few clicks.

We've also seen an interesting byproduct to this. The entire idea of "Ops" is shifting. First it was ITOps. Then it was DevOps. And now as some administrators rely on the cloud vendor to do most of the work, this idea of NoOps. Problem is, how can you trust so much automation? You can't abdicate responsibility, as you as an operator have a part to play too. We cover that in our post about the shared responsibility model when working in the cloud.

So how can you NoOps, if you don't KNOW Ops?

That's the premise of a new movement we are calling #knowops. It includes a new video series we are producing for a dedicated YouTube channel, a private LinkedIn community group of like minded Azure administrators and a weekly KnowOps newsletter that brings this all to your inbox each week. We also plan to publish a podcast starting next month so you can consume the content that way if you prefer.

Here is the channel trailer to help you understand what KnowOps is all about.

Our goal is to publish a new video in the series every Thursday. We ❤️ #ITOps / #AzOps / #CloudOps and hope you will join the community of Azure administrators who want to #KnowOps.

Here are a few ways you can join us:

  1. Subscribe to the KnowOps newsletter.
  2. Subscribe to the KnowOps YouTube channel.
  3. Join the KnowOps LinkedIn group. 

 

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Video Transcript

So I'm more interested in the why to Azure Administration than the how.

There's plenty of channels that provide tutorials, how-tos, and checklists on how to manage Azure, but that's not what this channel's about. There will be practical tips along the way, but the core of what I wanna share with you, it won't be deeply technical.

Besides, I believe an administrator that strives to understand and then apply CloudOps will produce better results than an administrator with the best technical knowledge, but who doesn't apply it every single time. I've seen this time and time again as a Microsoft Cloud MVP for the past 14 years.

I'm not a daily vlogger. Most I can manage right now is about once a week, but that also means I'm not gonna fill this channel with content you can otherwise get online. And I'm not gonna try to stretch it out. I want every video to be useful and thought-provoking. And hopefully that'll make them worth the wait.

My IT heroes, the people I aspire to be like, we're passionate about a better, safer cloud, and it reminds me that it's more important about who I am and what I believe than the tech that I use. So sometimes this channel will be as much about the stories from my experiences than the discipline of Azure Administration. Because I think you need to be more present to fully understand the changing landscape of Cloud IT. And that helps us to grow and get better, and to communicate our experiences.

So welcome to the cloud journey. Welcome to KnowOps.

 

 
An administrator that strives to understand and then apply CloudOps will produce better results than an administrator with the best technical knowledge, but who doesn't apply it every single time. #knowops @auditwolf
 

 

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Topics: Cloud Operations (CloudOps), KnowOps

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