I’m Ryan Spletzer, a Software Developer and DevOps practitioner in Information Research (IR) within R&D at Dow Chemical.

I’ve had experience in backend and frontend development, mostly in the .NET and ASP.NET (increasingly Core) stacks, and I am one of the biggest PowerShell fans you’ll ever meet.

I’m neck-deep in DevOps, and automating everything I can using tools like PowerShell DSC on Windows and Chef on Linux, both on-premises and in the Cloud.

I takes a craftsmanship approach to software and strive towards best design patterns and mastering the full stack, utilizing tools that enable automated release pipelines and continuous delivery.

Open source

I enjoy working on and contributing to open source projects and would encourage anyone interested to peruse my GitHub account.

Dow Chemical

Since graduating college from Michigan State University in 2012 with a degree in Supply Chain Management and Minors in Computer Science and Information Technology, I have worked at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan.

In my current role as R&D Software Developer, I help to create research-driven applications and solutions on the Information Research Systems Development team.

In addition to project work, I own and manage our Team Foundation Server (TFS) instance for Information Research and collaborate with our Information Systems group on co-administrating Dow’s enterprise Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) instance. I help drive improvements to our processes, promote usage of source control (primarily Git), package management and automated builds / releases, and help to organize work item tracking for the group.

I also own and manage Information Research’s Web Farm, driving automation improvements with PowerShell DSC and implementing key architectural services like AMQP message queueing, worker services and scheduled batch jobs.

Dow is increasingly using Azure, and as a result I currently manage Information Research’s Azure subscription and created the logical organization and security model of the resources we currently use.

In my first role in Dow’s Information Systems department, I developed custom SharePoint and .NET solutions and applications as part of the Collaboration team. During this time I also had the opportunity work on the rollout of major implementations of SharePoint (FAST) Search 2010 and SharePoint Search 2013. I also helped to support and create branding solutions and tools for managing SharePoint 2013 upgrades in Office 365 Dedicated. While in the group, I got my first exposure to managing TFS when rolling out an Enterprise TFS 2012 instance. This role was also where I first learned major architectural and software design patterns and gained key concepts around Application Lifecycle Management.