About Chris

Hey thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.

Here’s a little about me:

I first started out in IT working for my school district in high school working with brand new technologies like Windows NT and Exchange 5.5. It was a great opportunity to learn and I made it all the way through without blowing anything up.

I managed to cram 4 years of university into 12 years working a number of part time and full time jobs. I graduated from Trinity Western University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in General studies with multiple concentrations including Music and Leadership.

In 2006, I took a position as a Safety Manager/IT Manager. Initially the role was only supposed to be a small portion as IT manager but as the company grew and their need for technology grew it began to take more and more of time. I was able to learn some new technologies like ISA 2004/2006, Exchange 2003/2007, SQL 2005 and VMware.

In 2008, I joined a small Managed Service provider that primarily worked with small and medium businesses in the Vancouver area. It was a great role that kept me learning and growing. I did a lot of deep dives on some complex technical issues and was able to progress from simply deploying Active Directory and Exchange servers but resolving multi layered technical issues.

In 2009 I moved on from the SMB sector and joined my first enterprise. I got a role as a desktop support contractor for Accenture working at Best Buy Canada. As time progressed I moved from contractor to full time System Engineer. It was a great opportunity to learn the complexities of an enterprise organization working with Exchange 2003 in a clustered environment with thousands of mailboxes. I was able to help support Citrix XenApp 4.5, SCCM, MDT and learned how to conduct forensic user based investigations.

I left Accenture in 2011 for 2 years to work in a sole IT role for a Microsoft Dynamics value added reseller. The previous IT manager had built a number of technologies not according to best practice. In this role I had the opportunity to rebuild the infrastructure from scratching including a VMware vSphere rebuild, an AD forest migration, Exchange rebuild and Lync 2010 deployment with full enterprise voice for two locations.

In late 2012, I rejoined Best Buy Canada. Collectively we successfully transitioned IT services from an outside provider to internal teams. We built IT teams for each group with very little interruption to the business groups. In the last 24 months, we successfully migrated all corporate users from Windows XP to Windows 7 within 5 months and under budget. We also successfully delivered a Bring your Own Device program on Citrix XenDesktop 7 and a large forklift upgrade from Citrix XenApp 4.5 to XenApp 7.

As a IT pro working primarily with Microsoft infrastructure technologies I have over 15 years of experience in the IT industry, most recently as a End User Computing Lead for Best Buy Canada based out of Vancouver focusing on helping our internal customers with end user technologies ranging from Virtual Desktops, Exchange Messaging, Lync, Airwatch etc. I’ve had the opportunity to work on projects ranging from large scale operating system migrations to Bring your Own Device deployments, Office 365 deployments, and Lync architecture and deployment.

In the past I have held several Systems Engineer and Project Manager positions for school districts, manufacturing, construction, auto dealerships, value added resellers and data/voice service providers.  I currently live in Vancouver and enjoy playing piano and guitar, home brewing beer, skiing, traveling, and a good cup of coffee.

 

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