Goat Can is a collaboration between Michael Ducy and Ross Clanton. Originally started as just a Blog, it’s now grown into a Blog and Podcast, The Goat Farm. If you’re curious about the whole “Goat” theme, check an earlier blog post that explains the idea.
With the podcast, we hope to cover some ideas that the blog has talked about before, namely the transformation of Enterprise IT through the idea of DevOps. What is DevOps? Check out the History of DevOps by Damon Edwards. More generally, DevOps is about improving the way we work in IT to improve the flow of our work with the end goal of serving the business better.
While we both have day jobs, this blog, podcast, and contents wherein should be considered our personal opinions and not those of our respective companies.
Michael Ducy currently works as an Global Evangelist for Chef focusing on helping companies understand Chef, DevOps, and IT transformation. Previously, Michael focused on designing and implementing automation solutions for customer’s Cloud, IT Automation, and Continuous Delivery needs. Michael has also worked in a variety of roles in his career including Cloud Architecture, Systems Engineering , Performance Engineering, and IT Instructor. Michael holds a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Chicago and an MBA from The Ohio State University.
I’ve been a lifer in Enterprise IT, playing many different roles and working in many different functions across the IT landscape. While I’m an aspiring geek, I do management stuff…. The last 10 years of my career have been in various leadership roles. In that time, I’ve started “geeking out” on management, cultural, and organizational challenges, specifically in an Enterprise IT context. Especially as I started to see the same Enterprise IT challenges from different perspectives, given my leadership roles in Operations, Engineering, IT Security, Business Intelligence, and Enterprise Architecture. That journey brought me to DevOps. I became an enthusiast before it was popular to do so in an Enterprise. Since that time, I’ve become an avid student and increasingly an evangelist on the topic. Beyond that, I finalized my formal education with an MBA from the Carlson School of Management. That has been super helpful in my career as well as my various business interests.
I have an amazing family …my wife Joanna, daughter Isabella, and son Jayden… all of whom are extremely understanding given the pace that I keep my life. We recently built our house in Wayzata, Minnesota (Minneapolis suburb). Growing up around the construction industry, we decided to build the house ourselves, with my dad leading a construction crew of family and friends. If you’re interested, I blogged on the experience. My wife and I own a Thai restaurant in Minnesota called Sweet Basil. She also runs the restaurant, which now keeps her about as busy as me. If you’re ever in town, stop by…our Eggrolls are AWESOME!
In closing, I thought I’d share a picture of my daughter that show our shared IT interests.