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Hey, I’m Vassilis Ioannidis and I’ve been in the IT sector for a couple of decades or more. I graduated and started out my career as a software developer and then turned to Microsoft SQL Server and eventually embraced the Cloud and more specifically Microsoft Azure. Data platform (SQL Server) along with the Cloud landscape (Microsoft Azure) is a combination that I truly enjoy working on. Although Cloud is awesome with endless possibilities, we live in a true hybrid world with many challenges as well as many opportunities. With that, on-premises will also be a part of this blog as it is also a big part of my day-to-day activities. Hybrid is -currently- the way forward.

During the daylight (mostly) I work for a multinational software company, based in Munich, with offices that span around the globe. This gives me the benefit of cross-cultural collaboration as well as the different magnitude of project sizes. Up till recently, I was primarily focused on SQL Server and more specific on performance tuning and systems optimization but in the last couple of years, I have focused more and more on bringing that knowledge to the Microsoft Azure platform. Most of my time, nowadays, I devote to architecting solutions on-prem and/or on the Azure cloud and also deploying these solutions in a secure and scalable manner while trying to keep the costs down. A very challenging environment, full of opportunities for new knowledge gain which in turn I try to pass on either through my blog/social media and/or through public speaking in community events as well as internal corporate training.

Certifications

Been a Microsoft Certified Trainer for over a decade and really love to train and teach other IT Pros or people in general who are open to learning. Enjoy to discuss and argue about technology and the benefits it can bring to our lives. I got my first MCP back in 2000 and try to keep up ever since. I believe that one who embarks on the trip of learning and certifying will find it fulfilling and also rewarding.

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I’ve been an occasional speaker in various technology conferences as well as volunteered on numerous events, local and international, as an Expert or an Ambassador but mostly focused on the Microsoft technology landscape.

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Community

I’m also very active with the community and as such I’m a member of the sqlschool.gr team since 2014, which is also the Official PASS Local Group for Greece. You can check my profile here (in Greek).

I also contribute to other community groups: azureheads.gr and autoexec.gr

Hobbies

Love to spend time with my son and my family and to read all sorts of books with a focus on philosophy, history, and cosmology not in that specific order, although I’m a big fan of ancient philosophy and specifically Stoicism. I hope I will be able to share my thoughts on this in the future.

I enjoy a lot traveling the open roads, along with my better half, and hope to keep doing for a long time to come.

My Harley Davidson(photo from a trip to Elafonissos, Greece)

Addictions? Coffee!! 🙂
I could work for coffee and bandwidth… but I choose not to. Somebody’s got to pay the bills. Right?

Contact

I’m pretty social and you can get hold of me on my contact-me page or via the social media links at the footer of the site.

Thanks for reading this! Keep in touch and take care 😉

Don’t forget, although cloud is truly awesome we live in a hybrid world.

Vassilis Ioannidis