My name is Chris Pietschmann. I do so many things, it’s difficult to describe myself in just a single sentence. So here’s a few:

I’m a husband, father of 2 wonderful children, Founder of Build5NInes, Owner of Simplovation LLC, Microsoft MVP, Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect, and I am also engaged in a journey of continuous education, of which I enjoy sharing what I learn with others. I hope to teach, be taught, and inspire others. Also, I recently started new blogs over at dedicated to sharing information and tutorials on Microsoft Azure development.

A mantra I live by is: “Work Smart, Not Hard

The domain name has been my internet presence hub since 2003, and I’ve been blogging here since 2004.

Disclaimer: All opinions are my own & do not reflect that of my sponsors, Microsoft, or any other organizations I am affiliated with.


I’m a technology enthusiast. I have been using computers since 1984 (at age 3) and have been programming them since 1996 (age 14.) My first programming language was QBasic. I’ve always had an interest in giving back to the online development community and as a result I have been awarded the Microsoft MVP award multiple times; and am a current Microsoft MVP in Azure and IoT technologies.

I am always dedicated to helping out the software development community. Evidence of this can be seen in the traces of my online community activity from my blogs, Open Source projects, my Stack Overflow profile, and much, much more!

Find Me Online

Community Involvement

  • Author -
  • Milwaukee Azure Meetup Group (2016 - 2018) - Founder
  • Global Azure Bootcamp - Milwaukee, WI (2016, 2018) - Organizer / Speaker
  • Wisconsin .NET Users Group - Member Since 2004 - Executive Committee Member 2007 - 2011
  • Wisconsin .NET Users Group LinkedIn Group - Founder - 2007 - 2018
  • Community Coding Contest - Contest Founder and Coordinator (2008 and 2010)


  • 2022 - Microsoft MVP - Microsoft Azure
  • 2021 - Microsoft MVP - Microsoft Azure
  • 2020 - Microsoft MVP - Microsoft Azure
  • 2019 - Microsoft MVP - Microsoft Azure
  • 2018 - Microsoft MVP - Microsoft Azure
  • 2017 - Microsoft MVP - Microsoft Azure
  • 2012 - Microsoft MVP - Bing Maps
  • 2011 - Microsoft MVP - Windows Live Platform
  • 2010 - Microsoft MVP - Windows Live Platform
  • 2009 - Microsoft MVP - Windows Live Platform
  • 2008 - Microsoft MVP - Virtual Earth