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, Principal Cloud Solutions Architect at Opsgility, run, Owner of Simplovation, 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. I am currently in the middle of a health and fitness journey (that started in 2010 with P90X) to a healthier and more fulfilling life. Also, I recently started new blogs over at dedicated to sharing information and tutorials on Microsoft Azure development, as well as dedicated to sharing information and tutorials on Microsoft HoloLens development. I am also an Organizer and Founder of the Milwaukee Azure group.

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 employer or 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 from 2008 through 2012, and in 2017. In past years I have been an active member of the local Wisconsin .NET Users Group. I am also a Founder of the Milwaukee Azure (MkeAzure) meetup group.

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


  • 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


  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer: Azure Solutions Architect
  • Microsoft Specialist: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • Microsoft Certified Application Developer: Microsoft .NET
  • Microsoft Certified Solution Developer: Visual Studio 6.0
  • Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
  • Opsgility Certified Trainer (OCT)
  • Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)