Thank you for visiting my site! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Michael Graber, and I live and work in the Denver metro area.
First, a few things about me professionally:
- What makes me unique – I have the unique ability to cross over between technology and business.
- Technology – I have ALWAYS been fascinated by new technology. I have held numerous certifications over the years (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer, Microsoft Certified Solution Architect). But my technology interests are very broad. I taught myself how to code, learned relational database theory, learned all about core infrastructure/datacenter technologies, and have even dabbled in robotics. I pride myself on getting up to speed quickly on whatever I need to learn. I am a jack of all trades, and more than a mile wide/inch deep. More like a mile wide, with a significant depth in a lot of technology arenas.
- Business – Although technology is fascinating to me, I really enjoy the intersection with business. I LOVE Microsoft Excel, and have put together many interesting financial models that help determine the viability of a technology project. I also enjoy sales…specifically the relationship building and searching for the win/win part of the job. I like talking to CXO’s all the way down to developers. Public speaking was a big part of my early career, and have spent a great deal of time in the boardroom.
- Background - I have been in the Information Technology industry for over 20 years. This breaks down into the following:
- Microsoft – 13+ years focused on presales engineering (across almost all products, but primarily application development/architecture and database), and retail vertical technology strategy. My last role was in a strategic sales role where I worked with the largest accounts in Denver on their application platform strategies.
- Business Objects/SAP – 3+ years focused on helping get their SaaS startup off the ground. Did various roles including Customer Success and Partners, but the majority of time was spent in running datacenter operations.
- Cisco - 2 years focused on vertical industry technology strategy.
- Independent - The remaining years have been spent doing various startups/independent businesses all related to technology. Some interesting projects at this time included me being the overall Enterprise Architect on the Microsoft Retail Stores rollout, and helping to develop a 3 year IT strategy for a large multinational Fortune 500 company. But as great as all of these projects were, the most valuable projects were the startups. None of them have paid off big time yet, but I am still young!
- The future – What would I like to do in the future? I believe that if you enjoy what you do, everything else falls into place. I am open to many things, but my current areas of interest are:
- Cloud migration – I believe IT is going to go through a radical transformation over the next 5 years as companies move their infrastructure to public cloud offerings like AWS and Microsoft Azure. Although the growth has accelerated, we are still in the early phases. Large Enterprise migrations have yet to occur due to the complexity of the environments that need to be moved. However, in 2015, new technologies/services will break the logjam holding up the big large scale Enterprise migrations.
- Database architectures – databases are the heart and soul of ANY organization. It can be a huge strategic asset, or a massive liability if it isn’t protected properly. As an architect with lots of connections in this business, I see significant new ways companies can save money AND leverage new data architectures for strategic advantage.
- Energy/Solar – I believe we are currently at a major inflection point in human history. Oil/fossil fuels defined the last 130 years of industrial development. The next 20 years will be the age of electrification through renewable energies (solar/wind/electric storage), and the end of the carbon based economy as we know it today. Companies like Tesla, Lightsail, First Solar, etc will be the companies that lead the way into this new world. I would LOVE to be a part of this if the right opportunity arose (which it very well might). Applying technology to energy is the perfect intersection point.
If you have an interesting technology or business idea you would like to run by me, don’t hesitate to give me a shout by visiting my contact page, or reach out to me on LinkedIn.
Be bold and change the world!