Keith Mayer

Keith Mayer

Technical Evangelist ♦ 3,600+ Connections ♦ Helping Partners Dream in the Cloud ♦

Columbus, Ohio Area
Information Technology and Services

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Keith Mayer's Overview


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Keith Mayer's Summary

Evangelist ★ Speaker ★ Architect ★ Community Leader

● Technical Leadership - Over 20 years of direct experience as a technical leader in the design, implementation, and management of complex enterprise IT projects.

● Experienced Consultant – Develop, review, analyze, and present detailed project designs.

● Cloud Infrastructure Architect - Design Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Solutions by integrating IaaS, PaaS and SaaS offerings.

● Certified Systems Engineer - Highly skilled and certified in multiple network technology product sets, including Microsoft, Cisco, Novell, Citrix, Linux, and Lotus Notes.

● Certified Project Manager – Manage projects in compliance with timeline, budget, and quality constraints using structured IT project methodology based on PMI and CompTIA standards. Subject Matter Expert for the development of CompTIA Project+ Certification standard. Developed standard project management methodology for use in delivery of successful IT projects.

● Certified Trainer and Learning Consultant – Skilled communicator and motivator when dealing with individuals, students, and project teams.

● Technical Writer – Author and maintain technical discovery, design, and implementation plan documentation.

● Instructional Designer - Develop and manage prescriptive technical training curriculums for global IT consulting organizations.

● Professional Ethics – As a member of IEEE and PMI, adheres to professional Codes of Ethics.


● MCP ID: 4928
● MCSE: Private Cloud
● MCS: Server Virtualization - Hyper-V & System Center
● MCITP: SharePoint 2010
● MCSA: Windows Server 2008
● MCITP: Enterprise Administrator for Windows Server 2008
● MCSE 2003
● MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer)
● MCLC (Microsoft Certified Learning Consultant)
● MCTS: Virtualization
● MCTS: System Center
● VMware VCP5
● Cisco CCNP and CCDA
● Citrix CCEA
● CheckPoint CCSA
● Lotus Notes PCLP and CLI
● Interwoven ICSE
● Unix ACE
● HP Master ASE
● CTT+
● Project+


Private Cloud ◊ Virtualization ◊ Hypervisor ◊ Hyper-V ◊ VMWare ◊ Clustering ◊ SharePoint ◊ Exchange ◊ Storage Architecture ◊ SMS ◊ ConfigMgr ◊ System Center ◊ Linux ◊ Active Directory ◊ Disaster Recovery ◊ Lotus Notes ◊ Novell ◊ Cisco ◊ Linux ◊ Training ◊ Security ◊ Document Management ◊ Content Management ◊ Social Computing


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Keith Mayer's Experience

Senior Technical Evangelist


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MSFT; Computer Software industry

April 2012Present (2 years 7 months) Columbus, Ohio Area

I help independent software vendors (ISVs) to architect their software solutions for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Enterprise Learning Architect and Team Leader


Public Company; 10,001+ employees; MSFT; Computer Software industry

January 2008April 2012 (4 years 4 months) Redmond, WA

Learning for Enterprise And Partners "LEAP" Team - I provide business, learning and technology expertise to the world’s largest enterprise partner organizations to develop their practices with the correct roles, capabilities and capacity and support joint go-to-market business initiatives. Program managed by Wright Robbins, Inc. on behalf of Microsoft Corporation.

Chief Technology Officer

BrightPlanIT, Inc.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

January 2006August 2008 (2 years 8 months) Buffalo, NY

● Research and develop industry best practices
● Lead and mentor regional IT consulting and training teams
● Serve as technical lead on complex IT projects
● Assist in pre-sales opportunities and proposal responses
● Evangelize technology solutions

Enterprise Consultant

BrightPlanIT, Inc.

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

January 2005August 2008 (3 years 8 months) Buffalo, NY

● Serve as technical lead on complex IT projects for enterprise clients
● Assist in pre-sales opportunities and proposal responses
● Manage and maintain project management methodology used in delivery of IT

IT Manager - Network Services

Hodgson Russ LLP

Partnership; 201-500 employees; Law Practice industry

20032005 (2 years) Buffalo, NY

● Manage and mentor team of network professionals
● Serve as lead technical resource on complex IT projects
● Research new technology trends appropriate for firm

Enterprise Technology Consultant

Consulting Practices, Inc.

20012003 (2 years) Buffalo, NY

● Perform business continuance and disaster recovery consulting for mid-size clients in the insurance and financial services industries
● Assist in pre-sales opportunities and proposal responses

Enterprise Consultant and Senior Technical Instructor

IKON Office Solutions

Privately Held; 10,001+ employees; Business Supplies and Equipment industry

19952001 (6 years) Buffalo, NY

● Serve as technical lead on complex IT projects for enterprise clients
● Assist in pre-sales opportunities and proposal responses
● Manage and maintain project management methodology used in delivery of IT projects.

Senior Technical Trainer

Ingram Micro

Public Company; 10,001+ employees; IM; Information Technology and Services industry

19911995 (4 years) Baltimore, MD

Lead technical instructor for training delivery and curriculum development for Value Added Reseller (VAR) authorization and certification programs:
● Microsoft Windows NT Workstation and Advanced Server
● Novell NetWare 2.x, 3.x, 4.x
● SCO Unix and Xenix
● HP 9000 HP/UX Workstations and Business Servers

Network Engineer

Equitable Life

Privately Held; 501-1000 employees; Insurance industry

19881991 (3 years) Buffalo, NY

● Design, implement and support regional agency network infrastructure
● Train network support teams and end-users on effective use and support of agency network applications.

Keith Mayer's Publications

  • Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller

    • Microsoft Press
    • November 2013
    Authors: Keith Mayer, Yung Chou, Mitch Tulloch

    Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller is uniquely positioned as both an enabler and a self-service vehicle for connecting clouds and implementing the hybrid computing model. In Microsoft’s cloud computing solutions, both System Center and Windows Azure play critical roles. System Center can be used to transform enterprise IT from a device-based infrastructure and deployment strategy to a service-based user-centric consumption model based on private cloud computing. Windows Azure on the other hand is a subscription-based public cloud platform that enables the development, deployment, and management of cloud solutions. App Controller is the glue that unifies these two platforms by providing a single interface that enables administrators to perform complex operations without overwhelming them with the underlying technical complexities involved.

    This book serves as an introduction to implementing and managing the hybrid computing solutions using App Controller. It describes the basic concepts, processes, and operations involved in connecting, consuming, and managing resources that are deployed both on and off premises. Each chapter provides a concise, self-contained walkthrough for a specific aspect of managing private, public, and hybrid clouds using App Controller.

    While cloud computing is still evolving, the hybrid approach will likely continue to emerge as the go-to IT computing model for the foreseeable future. Using App Controller to strategically connect both on-premises System Center private clouds with off-premises deployments in both Windows Azure and third-party cloud hosting providers enables new scenarios, develops new possibilities, and offers exciting new opportunities that can help IT transition better into the next generation of enterprise computing

Keith Mayer's Patents

  • Method of Delivering Training using a Network-Attached Game Device

    • United States Patent Application 61/490,661
    • Filed May 27, 2011

    This relates to a method of delivering training, specifically a method of delivering interactive instructor-led training via a network-attached game device. Interactive instructor-led training delivered in a traditional in-person face-to-face training manner is cost prohibitive for individuals and organizations due to material costs, travel costs and, for employed workers, loss of productivity while participating in said traditional in-person face-to-face training manner. In addition, current generations of job-seekers that are now entering the workforce have adopted multi-player interactive online game experiences as a rich social entertainment medium. Instructors and training organizations have long sought methods to improve the effective delivery of instructor-led training in a manner that provides the interactivity of in-person face-to-face training while at the same time lowering the costs involved with said in-person face-to-face training.

Keith Mayer's Skills & Expertise

  1. SharePoint
  2. Virtualization
  3. Business Intelligence
  4. Private Cloud
  5. Data Center Architecture
  6. Microsoft Exchange
  7. Active Directory
  8. Big Data
  9. Organizational Learning
  10. Distance Learning
  11. System Center
  12. SQL Server
  13. Cisco
  14. VMware
  15. Lotus Notes
  16. Citrix
  17. Technical Training
  18. Microsoft
  19. Linux
  20. Unix
  21. Network Security
  22. Java
  23. .NET
  24. Search
  25. Content Management
  26. Document Management
  27. Technical Writing
  28. Hyper-V
  29. Windows 8
  30. Windows 7
  31. Disaster Recovery
  32. High Availability
  33. HTML + CSS
  34. Storage Area Networks
  35. Social Computing
  36. Microsoft SQL Server
  37. Platform Evangelism
  38. Social Media
  39. Data Center
  40. Windows Server
  41. ITIL
  42. Cloud Computing
  43. Cisco Technologies
  44. Network Administration
  45. Enterprise Software
  46. Microsoft Technologies
  47. Security
  48. Architecture
  49. Networking
  50. Troubleshooting

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Keith Mayer's Education

Keith Mayer's Additional Information


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Honors and Awards:

Awarded Microsoft Circle of Excellence Platinum Club for Outstanding Achiever.

Presented at Microsoft’s World-Wide Virtual Launch Event for Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. Selected by Microsoft as one of the top presentations delivered during the event.

Certified as one of sixty Microsoft Certified Learning Consultants (MCLC) globally.

Appointed to Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) Subject Matter Expert (SME) Technical Advisory Committee.

Recognized as Subject Matter Expert (SME) for IT Project Management Methodologies by CompTIA.

“Early Achiever” Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) on Windows Server 2000 and Windows Server 2003.

Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) 10 Year Achievement, 2003

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