Hi there, I’m Will (He/Him)
I’m a Customer Engineer for Microsoft working in the Fast Track for Azure team! My focus is on Azure Apps (App Service, Containers, Functions!) and I’m based in Auckland, New Zealand. Even though I work for Microsoft, this blog contains my own opinions.
It’s fair to say that my background is a little mixed 😂 I started out life wanting to be a rugby player. So much so I moved all the way to Christchurch, New Zealand straight out of high school. After spending couple of years running into people bigger than me and surviving a couple of earthquakes, I decided to give university study a try.
I moved up to Auckland, where I began studying Commerce at the University of Auckland. I intended to major in Economics and Finance, but after a particularly boring lecture I decided to change track. I opted for Information System and liked it so much I ended up continuing into postgraduate study, earning First-class honours 👨🎓
After 3 years of that, I decided to move to Datacom, where the environment was a little more liberating 😂 There, I worked with a couple of clients building some pretty cool Azure integration projects for them. I got to go a little deeper into the Functions world, as well as work with API Management, Azure SQL, App Configuration and Azure Cosmos DB. After 9 months (The majority of which we spent in lockdown 😑) I was lucky enough to be hired by Microsoft!
About a year into working at ASB, I was awarded a Microsoft MVP award in the Data Platform category (funny side note, I got my award on April 1st, so that was fun). I love learning and sharing my knowledge about Azure, specifically Azure Functions, Container Apps, Cosmos DB etc etc. and I’ve been very fortunate to be allowed to speak at a variety of conferences about these technologies.
⚡ Languages and Technologies
- (Databases and Data Stores): Azure Cosmos DB (Table and SQL API), SQL Server, MongoDB, Azure Storage, Databricks.
- (Technologies): Azure, Git, GitHub, Visual Studio, Azure DevOps.
- (Other): API Design, Non-relational Database Design, Unit Testing (xUnit), Integration Testing (SpecFlow) & E2E Testing.