Michel Lebeau, 2018 Young DevOps Consultant of the Year
I joined ECS Digital, previously Forest Technologies, over two years ago after a good friend recommended me. Although I had some experience in DevOps, system administration and networking through both my degrees and personal interest, it was tough at first. I started the job without knowing much about consultancy and the company set high standards which added pressure. However, I was keen to deliver and after a few months, I was up to speed and able to add value to my projects.
First year overview
During my first year, I was part of the interviewing process for new hires, went on site to deliver smaller engagements, and helped to run and organise our “DevOps Playground” meetups in our London office.
Second year onwards
Since then, I have had a varied role as DevOps consultant where I spend most of my time on-site with clients, along with producing DevOps Maturity assessments, delivering training and organising out DevOps Playground meetups. I am able to build on my experience and learn new things to add value to clients, and build and promote a DevOps culture.
My responsibilities on the project are varied, I’m an SME for a few key technologies which the customer uses, so I usually focus on adding value in these areas, by helping the customer make the right design decisions, giving my input during meetings with stakeholders and other SMEs, and by implementing the solution. Sometimes I end up helping in areas that are not my specialty, because that’s what the customer needs, in which case I rely on my ability to learn fast, and on the team who is always happy to help when you need it.
Part of our strength is the willingness that everyone has to help one another, which can be seen when you request for help on Slack, and also when working on site with other ECS Digital employees, as everyone is genuinely keen on helping the customer.
I also deliver the official HashiCorp public and private training on Terraform, Vault and Consul from time to time. I value the opportunity to talk with IT professionals from very different companies with their own sets of challenges which I find extremely interesting, and it is very rewarding to know the positive impact my day of training will have on their comfort and productivity when they use the tool. I’m flattered to know that my training is recommended to other teams.