I’m Ryan Spletzer, a Software and DevOps Engineer in Directory Services at Autodesk.
I’ve had experience in backend and (some) frontend development, mostly in the .NET and .NET Core stacks, and I am one of the biggest PowerShell fans you’ll ever meet.
I enjoy working on and contributing to open source projects and would encourage anyone interested to peruse my GitHub account.
In April of 2018, I joined Autodesk in Novi, Michigan, as part of the newly formed Directory Services team.
The team is on a DevOps journey to automate and continuously improve Active Directory, Azure AD and related services. This is being achieved with a combination of CI/CD with VSTS, which deliver automations around these products with Azure and AWS services, as well as with the development of new self-service API’s which increase developer productivty, and can be leveraged as an integration platform by other products and systems.
After graduating college from Michigan State University in 2012 with a degree in Supply Chain Management and Minors in Computer Science and Information Technology, I worked at The Dow Chemical Company in Midland, Michigan until March 2018.
My last role at Dow was as an R&D Software Developer, where I helped to create research-driven applications and solutions on the Information Research / Systems Development team.
In addition to project work, I owned and managed our Team Foundation Server (TFS) instance for Information Research and broader R&D, and collaborated with our Information Systems group and co-administrated Dow’s Enterprise Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) instance. I helped to drive improvements to our processes, promote usage of source control (primarily Git), package management and automated builds / releases, and helped to organize work item tracking in the form of Scrum / Kanban boards for the group.
I also owned and managed 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 began increasingly using Azure, and as a result I managed Information Research’s Azure subscription and created the logical organization and security model of the resources we currently use, which other groups in the company adopted as well.
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.