This is the blog of Mike McMurray where I can ramble on about things I find interesting in the hope that someone may read it and think the same about me.

I’ve been working in IT for over 20 years and have gained considerable experience at a company lucky enough to be a kiwi icon. I’m in an Architecture role and before that was focusing on server virtualisation and building web apps to help extract useful data from different business systems. I’ve also built an easy to use wiki documentation system and an automated monitoring application to help keep track of the complicated stuff.

One of my mantras is “automation”. If you do something more than a few times and have a good process, automate it. These days there is no excuse not to automate as those that don’t will be left behind. Plenty of tools exist now at an incredibly low cost point that allow machine learning and AI to improve the quality and speed of decision making, such that automation in recent years seems archaic.

I work with AWS and Azure daily and fight “the good fight” to try and move away from legacy systems and legacy licensing agreements. I help dismantle monoliths into more agile “right-sized” components that teams can work with to deliver to customers faster. It’s all part of the balancing of value, time and quality.