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Donny Nyamweya
Works at Harvard University
Attended Fitchburg State University
Information Technology with a Purpose
I highly value process efficiency, and responsive and accountable project implementation based on well-designed systems.

A champion and evangelist of DevOps practices and culture with results-based goals. Making daily use of varied tools and AWS services to keep critical services available, performant, and monitored. Currently implementing infrastructure-as-code to implement Disaster Resilient, and Autoscaling  systems within VPC Networking.
  • Will listen to stakeholders, respond to their questions, and present the product/solution in a way that shows how it solves their problems
  • Will get in the trenches with the technical team and hold my own: be it in infrastructure design, support and disaster recovery, or in reviewing code and geeking out on efficiency and logic scenarios
  • Will sit across the table from the marketing folks and sustain a discussion on how to brand and bring a concept to the market
  • Fitchburg State University
    MSc., Communication, 2005
  • Fitchburg State College
    BSc., Multimedia, 2002
  • Universite Louis Pasteur
    DU Audiovisuel, 1998
  • Alliance Francaise
    Diplome de la Langue Francaise, 1995
  • Lenana School
    KCSE, 1993
  • St. Mary's Mosocho
    KCPE, 1989
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Cambridge, MA
Cloud & DevOps Engineer
DevOps: Amazon Web Services, Photography, Building Systems, Human Communication
  • Harvard University
    Cloud & DevOps Engineer, 2013 - present
    Explanation of complex applications, architectures, and solutions in relatable terms for each audience, to facilitate decision making with regard to context and team, group, and larger business goals and priorities.Working with Developers to automate and accelerate the testing, release and deployment of applications into a runtime environment quickly and reliably (Infrastructure-as-code); I have deep experience and Amazon Certifications in Architecture, and Systems and Operations.
  • iDonny, LLC
    Web Systems Support, 2006 - 2014
    For 8 years, focused on Web CMS Development, hosting, and end-to-end maintenance for clients including: CBI, Bullhorn Inc., Tickets for Charity, One to One Interactive, IBM, Uconn Law, SAA, ISC, Kerio Systems, Cramer Interactive, and more.
  • Sybase Inc.
    Web CMS & CRM Specialist, 1999 - 2004
  • Biscom, Inc.
    Web Production Manager, 2004 - 2005
  • Wandrian, Inc.
    Sr. Web Developer, 2005 - 2006
  • Bullhorn Inc.
    CMS Devt. & Maintenance [consultant], 2010 - 2012
  • Harvard University
    Web Developer, 2012 - 2013
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ACS from Amazon is just about to disrupt the conventions and practice of SSL certificate issuing, cost, and management. It is free to issue and use these certificates. As long as you can afford a load balancer (ELB), you can get and use a signed SSL certificate.
Does this signal the end of companies that for so long made their money from selling us SSL certs for lots of money (sometimes $100s)?
#devops #cloud
Now easily provision, manage & deploy SSL/TLS certificates with AWS Certificate Manager.
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Less than 2 years ago, I had only interacted with LDAP as a user, and rarely. I am increasingly becoming the go-to person to get answers and support on how to keep some critical implementations in flight.

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Far from resolutions, I have been working on productivity, self improvement, and just making very good use of the time that I have.

Here is a an ever growing playlist of the courses that I am working through that match the theme and focus of this collection. Productivity, and living on purpose.
#career #productivity #gtd
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Non-Functional Requirements (Constraints) of a task are ironically determinant of functionality than features. For instance, the reliability, security, or maintainability of a product determines whether or not it can perform any of its core functions to any level of significance.
#devops #career

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Designing signaling between distinct AWS CFN stacks and even manual intervention and on-prem triggers for processes to coordinate.

Been using #CreationPolicy and #UpdatePolicy attributes along with #cfn-signal messaging to coordinate and precisely time and serialize resource creation in Cloudformation.

Much as I have periodically called the 'aws cloudformation signal-resource' to release a stuck process during development, I now want to use it to choreograph disparate systems and even prompt humans to determine the way a stack builds depending on the number and type of signals a #cloudformation stack receives.

Description¶. Sends a signal to the specified resource with a success or failure status. You can use the signal-resource API in conjunction with a creation policy or update policy. AWS CloudFormation doesn't proceed with a stack creation or update until resources receive the required number of ...
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Let's see who walks more!! Accept the challenge and join me in the Health Mate app:
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Congrats and please share some how-to tips.
Now, this Lake Malawi in East Africa, I need to unlock it, some day. Time to check if I've accumulated total of 50 miles to date, blame the weather, for now! 
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Reflecting on whether adjusting the Proxy Protocol configuration of an Amazon Load Balancer/ELB could correct a problem in which an application is not able to function with more than one server behind a load-balancer.

Granted there are other issues such as the lack of stickiness or session headers (not http/s), and the way the client handles transactions, but I am wishing and hoping that changing the setting might move us ahead towards a solution.

Enable or disable support for Proxy Protocol, a human-readable header, for your load balancer.
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Working on a resources and training list on to reinforce the various skills and interests that I have been developing in recent years.

With training, practice, and exposure, anyone can become good at anything.
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Just earned the last AWS Certification (Developer), and that fulfills all my resolutions for 2015 albeit 5 days late.
I did not make too much noise about it because I was ill-prepared and was a little worried that I might miss it. I easily made it through a test exam last night and got some confidence to work through the real thing mid-morning.

What next?
I could revisit the Architecture Professional exam that I failed at re:invent with 62%, or I could move on to less AWS-specific skills like mastering Chef and Python... I think I will 'get back on that horse' (Professional Architect) as I start exploring Chef, Python, and maybe (big maybe) a venture into RedHat certifications... or Azure!! who knows?
#devops #career #AWS #certification

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Donny, Congratulations!!!! You are heading in the right direction. 
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Just completed this short, but very focused and useful (as a guide) training session over lunch. I am now planning to review Whitepapers, read the FAQs for each product, and do as many labs as possible. I will also start writing some small applications in PHP (or python - since i have it as one of my plans to learn the language).
#devops   #career  
Learn how to properly design and deploy secure and reliable applications on the Amazon cloud using key AWS services, through AWS SDKs.
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