Back in 1996, I started my first job in Information Technology at a private collections firm. I started this journey kicking and screaming, only because I didn’t want to do the same thing my father and my brother decided on their career choices. Things started off slowly for that first year, but as time went on, I started to realize that I had a knack for this.
It has been over 25 years since I was kicking and screaming, and while I’m not screaming as much, I’m still kicking. Over time, I’ve worked on all sorts of projects related to the Microsoft ecosystem, including heavy lifting office moves, domain upgrades, physical datacenter moves, system management implementations, corporate product implementations, and many others. Even today, I’m in all sorts of situations; sometimes I’m talking to those high-powered executives, telling them how to save financially with new management tools or where their breakdown in processes happen, to being that IT guy who handles the occasional first-level support ticket, helping others when they experience problems with what they have available to them.
Focusing these days on the capabilities of the Azure cloud and Microsoft Endpoint Manager, I realized I needed to start finding ways to pass along some of my knowledge to others, as well as help those just getting into the IT field. Besides, you’re never too old to not learn new tricks.
When not performing tasks related to my job, I’m going to the gym to stay in shape, playing cards with the family while at the dinner table, making as many trips to Walt Disney World as I possibly can, while spending as much time supporting my wife and daughter in their fundraising and volunteering that she does in the community, my son’s growth in his computer science learnings at college, and whatever else comes up in our day-to-day life.
My name is Bruce Lyons, and I am That IT Could Guy.