How I Passed the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Exam

Beginning of this year I set myself a couple of professional goals. After architecting and developing software on AWS for some years, I’m currently working with a private on-premises cloud and wanted to look into AWS again. Thus, I decided to do the AWS Solutions Architect Associate exam. It is a tough exam! It requires broad knowledge of many AWS service. The question domains of the exam are based on the five pillars of the AWS well architected framework. more...

Implementing a Terraform Provider

Hetzer Cloud is a cheap cloud provider with datacenters in Germany and a nifty API. I used it to host a video conferencing platform for my kids’ school. While there is an excellent Terraform provider for Hetzner Cloud, I couldn’t find one for their DNS service and decided to implement a provider on my own. You can find the Terraform provider hetznerdns on GitHub. In this post I share what would have saved me some hours searching the web and what I wish I knew before. more...

Customizing Kubernetes Applications with Kustomize

If you run your software on Kubernetes, you probably don’t deploy a new version to a cluster from your local machine. Instead, you would push your changes to a version-control system. This would start a pipeline which builds the code, run some tests, build a Docker image, and at some point deploys a new version to a cluster. Typically, it doesn’t deploy directly to production, but to stage, pre-prod, or test. more...

My Favourite Questions for a First 1-on-1

You can read a lot about 1-on-1s and why you should have some with your team on the web. However, especially as a first time manager I wondered how to get started. How would the first 1-on-1 be? What questions should I ask? What want I get out of the first 1-on-1? I started with three questions. “What are your favorite things to work on?” and “What have your past managers done that you’d like me to also do or not do? more...

Hi Folks πŸ‘‹!

My name is Timo Hirt. I have over 12 years professional experience in IT in system administrator, software developer, consultant, tech lead to engineering manager roles. I’ve worked with a variety of technologies and tools for life science and financial services companies.

I enjoy working hands-on with other people, solving problems, learning new technologies and sharing my knowledge.

Currently, I’m focussing on Cloud, DevOps and Digitilization.

In the past I

  • … worked for vaamo, a FinTech firm, where we built one of the first robo-advisors in Germany, which was later aquired by Moneyfarm πŸ“ˆ.
  • … developed a cloud-first strategy and moved the whole IT infrastructure from managed hosting to Amazon Web Service 😍.
  • … developed a scalable, self-healing architecture for cloud-native migration of microservices πŸŽ‰.
  • … automated provisioning and managment of cloud infrastructure and SaaS with automation tools like Terraform, SaltStack, Vault, and Ansible πŸ€–.
  • … helped people to improve their skills and grow into new roles πŸ±β€πŸ.
  • … helped teams to continuously improve how they collaborate and how they develop software πŸ‘©β€πŸ’»πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’».

Do you want to know more? Drop me a line πŸ“§.