Automation–MVP Spotlight Series–Ryan Andorfer: End-to-End Automation for the Microsoft Stack

Hello Readers!

I am very excited to announce the next Automation Blog Series…

–MVP Spotlight Series–

Ryan Andorfer: End-to-End Automation for the Microsoft Stack


Ryan Andorfer, MVP


In his own words (from his MVP page):

“I am a Cloud and Datacenter MVP working for a fortune 500 company. I specialize in end to end automation using a Microsoft Stack.”

I have had the pleasure of working with Ryan for many years now – nearly my entire tenure at Microsoft (4+ years). He and his company were extreme early adopters of Opalis Integration Server, then Orchestrator, and now Service Management Automation. Ryan has contributed HEAVILY to the community throughout the time I have known him…in fact, looking way back to December 2010, here is a post, where I describe him as “One of the brightest ‘Opalis Guys’ I know…” . He certainly has lived up to, and evolved upon that description, as is evidenced by his community contributions and MVP status.

Now, I think that is enough marketing for the “Who” portion of this post, let’s get to the “What”.


The following is a listing of the blog posts I will be publishing for Ryan, here on Building Clouds, over the next few weeks – A Table of Contents, if you will:

Here is a look at the high level Architecture for this example solution:



Right here on the Building Clouds Blog!

We thought it was time that Ryan’s content was featured as a blog series here on Building Clouds, and what better timing with TechEd North America 2014 less than a week away, and extremely relevant key topic areas around SMA, TFS, and Orchestrator at the ready!


As mentioned above, over the next several weeks. In fact, some posts will correspond directly to content delivery from TechEd North America 2014!

Speaking of TechEd North America 2014 – Be sure to check out Ryan’s session!

DCIM-B363 Automated Service Requests with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

In this session, see a real-world implementation of a fully automated IT service catalog developed by a Fortune 500 company for supporting self-service requests. This service catalog is based in Microsoft SharePoint and utilizes the newly released Service Management Automation (SMA) engine. During the session we look at how the solution is architected, cover integration between SMA and SharePoint, build a new service offering from the ground up, and share the best practices we have developed for doing work with SMA along the way. So what’s the best part? You get access to the solution we create, so you leave with access to a working solution to help get you started!

Speakers: Ryan Andorfer, Mike Roberts

Link on TechEd NA 2014 Channel 9 Recording: DCIM-B363 Automated Service Requests with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2


Really? You need to ask?

Okay, fine. The Building Clouds Blog is all about community. Contributions TO the community, as well as feedback and contributions FROM the community. We hope that this blog series gets other MVPs excited about the possibility of posting their content here as well! If this is the case, you know where to find us!

Finally - As always, for more information, tips/tricks, and example solutions for Automation within System Center, Windows Azure Pack, Windows Azure, etc., be sure to check out the other blog posts from Building Clouds in the Automation Track (and, the great work over at the System Center Orchestrator Engineering Blog, and of course, Ryan’s Blog over at!