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Florian Grummel

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Letztes Update: 25.11.2022

Unaivailable - Senior Azure Cloud Architect, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker

Abschluss: Master of Science (Computer Science, University of Applied Sciences, Trier)
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Sprachkenntnisse: deutsch (Muttersprache) | englisch (verhandlungssicher) | französisch (Grundkenntnisse)




About me
Hi, my name is Florian Grummel. I live in Cologne, Germany and am an experienced Senior Cloud Solution Architect in Azure and also well skilled in AWS. For the past 3 years, I have been working for the consulting company direkt gruppe GmbH in Cologne and Hamburg. At the team of IQ3 CLOUD (, I have had the chance to grow and learn a lot in countless enterprise scaling customer use cases and projects as well as in building and maintaining advanced and scalable Cloud Landing Zones.

When it comes to Cloud Architecture and Day-to-Day Operations, I am always claiming to automate as much as possible (If you do something once or twice only - click it; if you do it for the third time - have a script).
Therefore, I have learned a lot about Cloud provisioning processes using Azure Resource Manager (ARM) and AWS CloudFormation Services, in the first place. As I have evolved in my projects and had the chance of learning about the pecularities of both of these techniques, I have specialized on automated IT Architecture deployment processes using Terraform Engine. This goes hand in hand with advanced and well thought Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment processes. (CI / CD)

Personally, I have specified on Azure DevOps for automating and controlling consecutive and advanced Deployment tasks via (reusable) Pipelines and to structure project planning as a whole. I trained myself in using Azure DevOps and got the chance to drive Workshops with Hands-On experience at several of our Enterprise scaling customers (150 participants).

Security is a key benefit of Cloud Architectures. While Security of the Cloud is in responsibility of Microsoft, AWS and co, I am your go-to guy when it comes to Security in the Cloud. I can support you in Analyzing Logs and set up propper Monitoring and Alerts of your infrastructure. In my projects I frequently work together with your Company's Security Department to set up architectures that meet your compliance requirements - in the cloud as well as when it comes to securing your On Premise Data Center.

Communication is key, so let me pick you up from where you are on your cloud journey and let's build your highly scaling - and always secure - Cloud Infrastructure of tomorrow.

I am also your partner when it comes to Containerization and Kubernetes Setup. At the time writing, I am preparing for the Certified Kubernetes Administrator Exam as I want to demonstrate the skills I learned in customer projects with an official certification)

Qualifications and Skills
  • Microsoft Azure Cloud
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Landing Zones and Hub Spoke Network Architectures
  • Declarative Infrastructure Provisioning (Terraform, Azure Resource Manager, AWS Cloudformation)
  • Automation: CI / CD (Azure DevOps, Jenkins)
  • Scripting (Powershell, Bash, Python)
  • Project Management
  • Software Engineering - the Hard Stuff ;) (.NET C#, Java Enterprise Edition, Delphi, Java Spring)
  • Kubernetes and Containerization (Certifiied Kubernetes Administrator in the making)
  • Speaker
  • Lecturing and Traning
  • Certifiied Kubernetes Administrator
    (March 2022)
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Security Engineer Associate
    (May 2021)
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure IoT Developer Specialty
    (April 2021)
  • Microsoft Certified: DevOps Engineer Expert
    (March 2021)
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
    (January 2021)
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Engineer Associate
    (December 2020)
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator Associate
    (October 2020)


02/2022 - 12/2022
Cloud Solution and Network Architect, Terraform Consultant
Kramer und Crew (250-500 Mitarbeiter)
Internet und Informationstechnologie
Since February 2022, I am supporting a cologne based agency with the realisation of their customers' Azure Cloud Projects. These include
  • A global producer for commercial dishwashers (> 2.000 emp)
    • Reviewing and upgrading Terraform legacy code
    • Migrating workloads to an Azure Kubernetes Cluster
    • Setting up Azure Application Gateway Ingress Controller in Azure Kubernetes Cluster (AGIC)
    • Support for security harding measurements in AKS (Implementation of secret providers, certificate management, persistent volumes, implement logging and alerting in Azure)
    • General troubleshooting
  • A global producer for sealing technologies (> 10.000 emp)
    • Implementing Azure Virtual WAN for VPN Access to Cloud and OnPremise Infrastructure
    • Implementation and Configuration of multiple Fortigate Firewall Clusters in Azure including Static Route Configuration and Site-to-Site connection with onpremise clusters
    • Reviewing Routing configuration
    • Setting up Terraform Scripts and Azure DevOps. Reverse engineered pre-existing infrastructure to terraform code, generated state files
    • Prepared and executed Hands-on Workshop Session (10h) to get familiar to Infrastructure as Code concepts, Terraform Language (HCL general, Providers, Modules), Azure DevOps General Structure, Git Repositories and Collaborative Working, Automation and Approval Setup in Azure Pipelines
  • A Germany based Media Publisher (750 emp)
    • Conception and Realization of Azure Network Infrastructure including Azure Virtual WAN, Azure Firewall and Express Route
    • Conception of Azure Policies based on Azure Security Benchmark Best Practices
    • Setting up Terraform Scripts and Azure DevOps

11/2021 - 12/2022
Azure Cloud Solution Consultant and Architect
BPW - Bergische Achsen (1000-5000 Mitarbeiter)
Automobil und Fahrzeugbau
Together with the team of the cloud competence center at a global player in automobile industry, I am actively developping and improving the overall hybrid cloud infrastructure, following the Enterprise Scale Recommendations of Microsoft. We lay the ground for upcoming use cases and a reliable overall infrastructure.

My activities include:
  • Build and run Azure DevOps Pipelines to perform automated and continuous infrastructure deployment
  • Designing and implementing infrastructure as code base using Terraform definition language (HCL)
  • Assisting and moving forward with the Hybrid Cloud Scenario, focusing on Network capabilities and IT Security (Azure Virtual WAN, Azure Firewall)
  • Support with Azure Active Directory Domain Services implementation and its intergration in legacy applications
  • Supporting internal migration processes from OnPremise to Azure Cloud
  • Defining reusable infrastructure as code modules in Terraform and building up a module based concept to deliver state of the art resources following best practice recommendations
  • Supporting with Monitoring and Alerting in the Azure Cloud Infrastructure

11/2021 - 12/2022
Azure DevOps Trainer
Henkel (>10.000 Mitarbeiter)
Konsumgüter und Handel
At a global chemistry company in Düsseldorf, Germany, I am honored to arrange a reoccuring interactive hands-on workshop on a two-weekly basis. In cooperation with the requirements of Henkel DevOps team, I have designed two custom workshops that focus on the following components of Azure DevOps:

Azure DevOps Basics Track
  • What are the key benefits of DevOps
  • Learning about the overall usage of Azure DevOps
  • Working with DevOps Teams, Areas and Iterations
  • Define and aggragate Work Items
  • Sprint Planning and Long Term Planning
  • Modifying the process of an Azure DevOps project
  • Introducing Azure DevOps Test Plans
  • The workshop is fully hands-on. Participants are actively working with exercises in a real world Azure DevOps project.

Azure DevOps Technical Deep Dive
  • Focussing on the technical parts of Azure DevOps
  • Working with Git Repositories, Commits, Pull Requests
  • Working in a Gitflow scenario
  • Automating Deployments using Azure DevOps Pipelines
  • Working with Multi-Stage Yaml Pipelines
  • The workshop is fully hands-on. Participants are actively solving exercises and have an automated platform for solution assessment, that I especially built for the purpose of this workshop.
After having kicked off the first season with 6 training events in 2021, I have been contracted with an additional season of 20 workshops in 2022.

11/2019 - 07/2021
Cloud Architect / Kubernetes Consultant
Henkel (>10.000 Mitarbeiter)
Konsumgüter und Handel
For an international Hair Care IoT Case, I supported Henkel with the following tasks.
  • Conception of Cloud Infrastructure in Azure
  • Services: Azure Container Registry, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS)
  • Ingress Controller Configuration
  • Ingress Certificate Configuration
  • Kubernetes HELM Chart Deployment
  • Securing Kubernetes Network
  • Azure DevOps reusable CI / CD Processes

Zeitliche und räumliche Verfügbarkeit

For On-Site Work, I am available in the Region of Cologne / Düsseldorf, Hamburg as well as Saarbrücken.
For Customers that are not based in the before named locations, let's get in touch to find a solution - Personally, Home Office is totally appreciated


Digital IT Project Manager (Andrej Jaros)
"I hired Florian for two projects based on MS Azure. I quickly realized that he will be the ‘’go to’’ contractor for MS Azure related topics from A to Z because of his quite impressive knowledge for his age, working attitude which is quite rare to find in the industry. Florian is communicative, precise and goal oriented when it comes to setbacks or issues tackled along the way. He is not afraid to try new things and ways and go the extra mile when needed! Highly recommended professional!"
direkt gruppe GmbH
Angestellte (Carina Dorca)
"Ich habe mit Florian Grummel über drei Jahre zusammengearbeitet. Während dieser Zeit konnte ich stets von ihm und seinem breit gefächerten Wissen (vor allem in den Bereichen Kubernetes, C#, Azure Public Cloud Management und DevOps) lernen. Während eines viertägigen DevOps-Trainings hat er eine Gruppe von über 100 Teilnehmern professionell und erfolgreich geführt, so dass das Training von Seiten der Teilnehmer ausschließlich mit positivem Feedback bewertet wurde."



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