Jonathon Conley

“Computers aren’t the thing. They’re the thing that gets you to the thing.”


Data-driven engineer with 20 years of experience delivering business value by designing reliable and scalable systems servicing a multitude of separate companies and over 15,000 users. Throughout my career I have always focused on shifting from unmeasured to measured, manual to automated, reactive to proactive. This underlying philosophy has a proven and measured track record of delivering new standards of service, significantly improving availability and user satisfaction, while simultaneously minimizing costs by proper scaling and optimization. While technology is important, I never lose sight that it is equally important to be an effective team lead and business communicator. Thrive in a challenging environment and quickly adapt to deploying new or unfamiliar technologies, at an enterprise level, in industries where security and compliance needs are integral.

Work Experience

Infrastructure Engineer III

Principal Financial Group (2015-2021)

• Architected environment and developed automation used for the migration of 16,000 users to multiple Office 365 tenants and related services. • Automated with PowerShell, APIs, and cloud-based serverless solutions for gathering metric or log shipping across various services into database backend. • Deployed multi-tier application infrastructure and code for publishing C# console, ASP.NET MVC web, and custom PowerShell modules to related Azure and AWS cloud environments with TFS, Azure DevOps, and GitHub. • Led DevOps group and department development efforts with training sessions, code reviews, Confluence documentation, and best practice knowledge sharing.

IT Specialist

Center for Neurosciences, Orthopedics, and Spine (2007-2015)

• Administered a VMware cloud servicing specialty healthcare clinics from over 25 locations. • Designed and implemented additional clusters introducing HA/FT features and DR planning. • Created vendor segregation platform to isolate applications, minimized risk while increasing availability, decreasing annual allotted downtime by 80% over the previous average. • Architected and implemented several Remote Desktop farms, gateways, and web access portals for hundreds of simultaneous users. Used synthetic transactions to simulate user interactions prior to go live to scale appropriately.

IT Consultant

Various Contract Positions (2002-2015)

• Full-stack development in various languages for desktop and web applications with test-driven development, web server optimization, and database normalization. • Turnkey automation of solutions from Cisco networks, UCS chassis, F5 load balancers, VMware hypervisor, and NetApp storage solutions. Included the VMs, operating systems, and applications that ran on top of them. The results of this work was completing in a couple hours what would take multiple work days. • Built and integrated containerized linux-based testing and monitoring solutions across all hardware, software, and cloud-based services to improve SLAs and observability.

Certifications and Licenses

AWS Solutions Architect - Associate (3/2021-3/2024)