About the author

I’m a well-rounded computer geek. I currently work with computer systems, but I’ve studied widely – from foreign policy to Plato’s Speech of Aristophanes. My first degree is a BSc, major in Psychology; my second, a BCS (Bachelor of Computer Science). Both were earned at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

I started at Google as a Systems Engineer in the Site Reliability Engineering team. SREs are responsible for ensuring that our services are reliable and fast. Always. We make you think, incorrectly, that computers work. SRE is about building systems that work, even when their parts don’t.

For my first year at Google, I was part of the team that operated Google+, our most visible social product, and related services – all with high reliability requirements.

My new Software Engineering team is advancing the state of the art with a microservices platform for building Google services that are reliable and scalable, with production automation for wrangling your services using tried and true best practices.

I’m not looking for new work.

If you value concision, try my Twitter feed: @mikedoherty_ca.