Chris Pietschmann

Microsoft MVP, HashiCorp Ambassador, Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Author, Trainer, Developer, Solution Architect, DevOps / Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) with 20+ years of experience.

Microsoft MVP

Microsoft MVP

I have been recognized by Microsoft as being an expert in my field as a Microsoft MVP with Microsoft Azure, DevOps, and developer technologies.

12x Awarded! - 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

You can view my official Microsoft MVP profile here: Chris Pietschmann's Microsoft MVP Profile

HashiCorp Ambassador

HashiCorp Ambassador

I am a HashiCorp Ambassador. I've been awarded for my community contributions, mainly around HashiCorp Terraform, advocating for and helping organizations automate cloud and hybrid environments using Infrastructure as Code (IaC).

3x Awarded! - 2024, 2023, 2021

HashiCorp Ambassador 2021 HashiCorp Ambassador 2023

Hire me! Let me help you!

Do you or your team need help with Microsoft Azure, DevOps, SRE, Terraform, Azure Bicep / ARM, Azure Infrastructure / Networking, Azure DevOps, GitHub Actions or development?
I am a consultant and available to help you! I would love to talk with you about your needs. I look forward to discussing how I can help you! 😁

Certifications Earned

These are most of the industry certifications I've earned from Microsoft, HashiCorp, and other vendors relating to the various technologies I use on a regular basis.

  • Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Network Engineer Associate
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Virtual Desktop Specialty
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure IoT Developer Specialty
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Azure Solution Architect
  • Microsoft Specialist: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • Microsoft Specialist: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • Microsoft Specialist: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  • Terraform: Certified HashiCorp Implementation Partner (CHIP)
  • HashiCorp Certified: Terraform Associate
  • HashiCorp Certified: Consul Associate
  • HashiCorp Certified: Vault Associate
  • Certified ScrumMaster

Work Experience

Over the course of my career, I have worked with many different companies across a wide array of industries. My primary background is as a Software Developer in the Consulting space, primarily in the Microsoft development stack, but I have also worked a fair amount with Open Source technologies as well. I also have a fair amount of experience building training content as well as delivering instructor-led training classes and am a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).

Here are a few of the companies that I've worked with over the course of my career, either as an independent consultant or through my current or past employers. I am not necessarily affiliated with these organizations directly, nor does this imply any indorsement or sponsorship. This is merely a list of a few of the companies that I've worked with throughout the course of my career.

Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation
California State University
Warner Bros
RW Baird

Disclaimer: The company names and logos displayed above are trademarked to their respective owners. The display of them in this list in no way indicates any endorsement or sponsorship.

Microsoft MVP HashiCorp Ambassador Trainer Site Reliability Engineer DevOps Engineer Developer Microsoft Azure Azure Administrator Serverless JavaScript CSS PowerShell Python C# Node.js .NET DevOps Scrum GitHub Actions Azure DevOps ARM Templates Azure Bicep HashiCorp Terraform Azure CLI Bash Windows Linux Azure IoT Azure Sphere Azure IoT Edge Big Data IoT Architect Security Lambda Architecture Cloud Solution Architect Web Developer Microsoft Certified Trainer Certified Scrum Master Instructor Blogging Author Presenter Consultant Entrepreneur Founder Influencer Infrastructure as Code Internet of Things Software Development Cloud Architecture

Books Authored

Here are published books that I have written.

The Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification

Advance your career through cloud certification

Ultimate Guide to Microsoft Certification Book

The Developer's Guide to Azure

The Developer's Guide to Azure (2020 Edition) is designed for Devs & Architects who are starting their journey into Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Developers Guide to Azure 2020 Edition

Microsoft Cloud Practice Playbooks

The Cloud Practice Development Playbooks provide the essential blueprints and tools to develop, analyze, manage, and secure an effective cloud practice.

Microsoft Partners Playbooks

Published Articles / Blogs

Here are my websites that I write articles for, as well as blogs I maintain.

A website (with weekly newsletter) dedicated to Cloud & Enterprise Technology around Microsoft and Open Source publishing articles and related content. Founded in 2015 as, and renamed in late 2019.

I have been writing Internet of Things (IoT) related content for since Sept. 2019.

My original blog since 2004. I have posted here on many different technology related topics. website

Podcast Appearances

Here are some of my recent podcast appearances.

MJFChat: What's New with Azure Certifications

I sat down with Mary Jo Foley to discuss the latest Microsoft Azure certification news, and where to get started on your own certification journey.

MJFChat Azure Certification episode

More Content I've Worked On

Here is a list of some content development projects I've contributed to for Microsoft and other clients. These are some pretty neat projects I had the pleasure to be involved in creating and working on.

Microsoft Cloud Workshops

Each workshop is a 6 hour long package of content (4 hour hackathon lab, 2 hour design session) to foster cloud learning and adoption.

MCW website

Azure Migration Readiness Whitepaper

A Whitepaper on the topic of Azure Migration Readiness. Also, here's a blog post from Microsoft discussing the whitepaper.

Azure migration readiness whitepaper

AZ-220 Azure IoT Developer Certification Hands-on Labs

I authored most of the hands-on labs for the AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer certification that are a part of the MOC ILT course and published to MS Learn.

AZ-220 Azure IoT Developer Certification Labs

AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer Certification

I worked on the team that created the AZ-220 Microsoft Azure IoT Developer certification. I helped Microsoft define the Azure IoT Developer roles skills list and the Objective Domains tested and verified by this certification exam.

AZ-220 Azure IoT Developer Certification Exam