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Obsidian Spotlight: Troy Tanner

Updated: Sep 14, 2021

Troy Tanner is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, he loves all things New England, especially fresh seafood and winter snowfall. He attended college in southeastern Virginia at Hampton University. There he received a bachelor of science in Computer Science.

Prior to his current position, Troy was technical leader with LexisNexis's Global Content and Business Systems organization. He was focused on increasing software delivery velocity and improving system reliability. He's experienced in migrating and running scalable applications in modern, public, and hybrid environments.

Troy is a Lead Cloud Architect. In this position, Troy serves as a technical leader and program manager to the Air Force Materiel Command for development, test, production and modernization efforts.

  1. What do you enjoy most about your job?

Being a servant leader, working to develop teams and earning and keeping customer trust.

  1. What do you think makes you most effective as Lead Cloud Architect?

Listening and learning, clients appreciate much more your understanding their environment and business requirements fully before you try to sell them your solution.

Lead diplomatically, in most cases the client is paying not only for a service but also a motivated person to take charge of the situation and provide a clear direction.

Own an area of expertise, understand in depth a specific area of technology and take leadership in it. Collaborate with other leaders who can supplement your knowledge in other areas.

  1. If you did not work as a cloud architect, what would you want to do?

Teaching STEM education in the public school system.

  1. How do you spend your time outside of work?

I am a photography geek and love capturing portraiture, night skies and timelapses

  1. What is your go-to song?

Favorite song without a doubt is “So What” by Miles Davis

  1. What are you reading right now

Kubernetes Patterns: Reusable Elements for Designing Cloud-Native Applications by Bilgin Ibryam.

  1. Words to live by?

“Do what you say you will do”

  1. Favorite quote?

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath: James 1:19

  1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?


  1. What are three things still left on your bucket list?

Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Visit the Grand Canyon

Witness the Northern Lights

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