Tomasz Onyszko

CTO, , Solution Architect, Partner and Co-founder; Predica

I'm technologist. I've spent over two decades in the industry widely known as IT. For quite a while, I've been focused on identity, security, and privacy. Cloud added a new twist to it.

I'm an entrepreneur. I run Predica with my partners for the last 10 years. It got us from 10 people to 250+ in a few places in the world and $16M in revenue (by 2019). Quite a trip for four geeks.I haven't fully anticipated when we started. We are living proof that IT people can learn the business.

I'm an aspiring mapper. Doing pure technical work overtime is for me less of interest than observing how it evolves and what are the implication of it for business, life, me. Learning Wardley Mapping on the go.

I'm a speaker. I like to speak to people. It looks they want to listen. Talking less about the technical topic now. More on technology, strategy, and how it applies to business (but still can learn the crowd a few tricks in my areas :)).

I write. You know it as you are on this blog. In the distant past, I co-authored several books, was as deputy editor-in-chief, and wrote some articles. Nobody counted, but I'm responsible for probably thousands of posts on forums, Usenet, and similar places.

Since 2005, with breaks for being employed at Microsoft, I've been awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), 11 times and still counting.

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How to become Cloud Architect, CTO, Consultant?

CTO, Architect, Consult... all of those titles sounds like a great position – do all the cool stuff and drive technology adoption forward. Maybe Cloud Consultant is a good choice. They arrive at the site, drop the wisdom and knowledge, and disappear in the puff of the glory. This is the theory presented in the US made movies.
We’ve been there, done that, failed and win at the same time. In this session we will share our lessons learned about growing your career in the cloud technology world.
  • Good, bad and ugly sides of different career choices?
  • Does the cloud provider choice matters … or is it irrelevant?
  • What you will be expected to do at the staff engineering roles?
  • Is a CTO a most wise person on a team (and should it be)?
  • Is the CTO job for everyone? What to do next after being a CTO?
Sharing our combined 40yrs of experience in the technology and cloud we will give you our lessons learned.
The tips. The responsibility. The how-tos on the way there. Skills to learn and un-learn on the way.
Only battle-proven skills, tips and tactics of senior technical roles in the cloud.