About

Hi, I'm Michael Friedrich aka dnsmichi. Austrian living in the Nuremberg area, Germany. All-remote at GitLab as Senior Developer Evangelist.

"Michi" is the lovely version of "Michael" in German. It is hard to pronounce in English, just go with "Michael" or "Mike" (Starbucks in LA wins: "Mikey").

I'm a thought leader, educator, community builder, connecting-the-dot-thinker, developer & ops practitioner. I love monitoring, observability, SRE, CI/CD, cloud native and learning everything together. That's how the #EveryoneCanContribute cafe came to life - a weekly social hour to build things, break them and fix them together.

Connect with me on LinkedIn - Twitter - Polywork - GitLab - GitHub 🦊

Life is an adventure

My adventure started in 2002 with studying at the University of Applied Sciences in Hagenberg, Austria. Hardware/Software Systems Engineering with the "DI (FH)" degree. In 2005 I moved to Vienna, writing my diploma thesis at mobilkom Austria (now A1). This involved NFC and multimedia streaming appliances. With managing the network for the biggest students dorm in Austria (1800+ students), I came in contact with ACO.net, the University of Vienna and nic.at. I've been with them from 2009 til 2012 and helped manage the .at DNS zone while engaging with monitoring development. Starting the Icinga 2 development, I decided to hop on a new adventure towards NETWAYS and Nuremberg. From May 2009 til March 2020, I was a maintainer of Icinga monitoring project. 2018 kicked off my career as Git and GitLab trainer and I have been educating users with modern development workflows and the importance of CI/CD.

Everyone can contribute

In March 2020, I've joined GitLab as Developer Evangelist. I am working in our lovely Developer Evangelism team with Brandon, Abubakar, John and Jamie on the latest technology with talks, events, blog posts, webcasts, and open source community building.

I love exploring new technologies and trying new things, no matter how complicated or fragile they are. I love documenting everything on my journey, resulting in blog posts, community topics and tweets. Sourcing from fast moving technology, we have built a community tech coffee chat called "#everyonecancontribute cafe", hosted every week.

My passion for education and free workshops led to a series of CI/CD workshops where participants and students learn the GitLab basics and move on with fixing the Go Tanuki becoming a 🌈 Tanuki.

I'm interested in monitoring/observability, infrastructure as code, cloud native/containers, security and learning new programming languages like Rust.

I'm originally from Linz, Austria now living in the Nuremberg area in Germany. I love sharing Austrian culture and sweets with the world. If you find the #drageekeksi hashtag somewhere, tell me about it and I might bring you some keksi the next time we meet.

You will also find #LEGO models in my remote backgrounds and talks.