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Alexander Hughes

Cloud evangelist + Azure architect & engineer

Throughout my IT career, I’ve always sought ways of better leveraging technology to enhance businesses and lives. Early on I developed a knack for scripting which grew into a love for PowerShell and other automation tools. As I've started to work with more complex technology stacks, I've been drawn to new technologies that can streamline business processes. I recognize the incredible potential of the cloud to solve all kinds of technical problems, and I feel right at home in Microsoft Azure.

I consider myself to be a cloud evangelist, driven to master the latest cloud innovations, excited to teach and train others on the possibilities of cloud technology, and skilled at cloud consulting, architecture, and implementations.

Experience

Cloud Architect + Engineer | Executech

December 2019 - Present

I am involved throughout the entire cloud adoption lifecycle of pre-sales engineering and defining outcomes, solutions architecture and creating proofs of concept, planning and preparing for migrations and builds, execution of cloud resource deployments, and ongoing maintenance of both Azure and Microsoft 365 workloads.

I drive cloud revenue growth by expanding the cloud footprint of both new and existing clients. I also oversee ongoing cloud implementations and manage other engineers.

I act as Executech's principal subject matter expert/trainer for cloud and modern workplace offerings tasked with contributing to and moderating internal knowledge repositories.


Training Team Lead / Senior Consultant | Executech

July 2017 – December 2019

As a team lead within the Employee Development department, I helped coordinate efforts to train Executech employees, including extending technical know-how and cultivating soft skills.

I presented and trained during 50+ company-wide meetings and frequently provided hands-on instruction during one-on-one and group sessions.

I led onboarding efforts and taught well over 100 technicians during recurring "technical bootcamp" sessions, especially focusing on topics such as Microsoft 365 and Azure IaaS.

I also continued consulting and, as a senior consultant,was a resource to other consultants for escalations and as a cloud subject matter expert.


IT Consultant / Systems Administrator | Executech

August 2016 – July 2017

As an IT consultant, I created and maintained strong relationships with clientele and have a great track record of happy clients.

I demonstrated the ability to rapidly grasp and support disparate client technology stacks across multiple industries (including financial and legal). I grew to support larger, more complex environments, sometimes functioning as a virtual CTO (consultation/escalation for existing IT departments) to larger clients.


Jr. Network Administrator | Snow, Christensen & Martineau

August 2014 – August 2016

I managed the firm's help desk, leading a small team in supporting approximately 130 attorneys, paralegals, and staff. I also contributed to general systems administration, including managing AD, GPO, on-prem Exchange, legal document management systems, etc.

I led several initiatives to automate and streamline multiple time-consuming workflows, boosting efficiency in the technology department.


IT Support Specialist | Snow, Christensen & Martineau

June 2013 – August 2014

As an IT support specialist, I provided personable and enthusiastic IT support to users across the firm. I also oversaw maintenance and inventory of end-user desktops, laptops, mobile devices, and various audio-visual equipment.


Certifications

Competencies

Microsoft Azure
Microsoft 365
Azure AD + Identity
PowerShell
Consulting experience
Technical traning
Windows server
Systems administration
Network administration
Presentation skills
Cloud migrations
Security & compliance
CLI
ARM templates
macOS
Growth mindset

About me

Outside of work, I try to spend as much time as I can with my family. We have an above-average number of spontaneous dance parties and probably eat an above-average amount of ice cream.

If I had to pick a favorite show, I'd probably declare a tie between Stranger Things and The Mandalorian, although we've defintely watched more of The Office than anything else.