Matthias E. Johnson


I thrive working on interesting problems of scale and complexity. I desire to build platforms that matter and leverage modern technologies with a focus on simplicity and high degrees of automation.


Independent DevOps and Cloud consultant
10/2015 - present
Site Reliability Engineering Architect - ReactiveOps
10/2015 - 12/2017
DevOps Manager/Lead/Architect (title/role change) - Catalyst Repository Systems
1/2012 - 10/2015
Search Engine Architect / Manager of Search Team - Catalyst Repository Systems
7/2007 - 8/2013
Manager of Linux Enterprise Hosting (title/role change) - ViaWest, Inc.
3/2007 - 7/2007
Manager of Technical Operations (title/role change) - ViaWest, Inc.
6/2006 - 3/2007
Manager of Systems Administration (internal promotion) - ViaWest, Inc.
8/2005 - 6/2006
Systems Engineer - ViaWest, Inc.
6/2004 - 8/2005
Principal Systems Administrator - University of Colorado at Denver
2/2002 - 6/2004
Senior Systems Administrator - Fidelia, Inc.
3/2001 - 4/2002
Systems Engineer - Active.Com
10/2000 - 3/2001

Senior Technical Staff Member - AT&T Labs - Research
6/1999 - 10/2000

Information Technology Specialist - Minnesota State University, Mankato
2/1996 - 6/1999

Department of Computer Science - Minnesota State University, Mankato
4/1995 - 2/1996

Technical Skills

I have experience with a tremendous number of systems, services, and languages. The following list is heavily abbreviated and reflects my current focus. The full version of my resume details many of these in the expanded experience section.

Programming Languages
Ruby, JavaScript, Bash, Perl, Python
System Platforms
Ubuntu, Amazon Linux, RHEL, Windows, Solaris, True64
Technology Stacks
AWS, Docker, Kubernetes, Terraform, Ansible, ELK
Elasticsearch, Redis, RabbitMQ, Logstash, many RDBMS


MS in Computer Science
Minnesota State University, Mankato - 5/2000
Completed thesis entitled
Knowledge extraction from Neural Nets through Graph Theory.
BS in Computer Science
Minnesota State University, Mankato - 3/1997
Received grant for research on
Convex Subsets as a heuristic for Tournament Isomorphism presented as poster session at the 1996 Small College Computing Symposium in St. Cloud, MN. Another research project, related to Data Mining, on Explanation Facilities in Neural nets guided further research at Minnesota State University.

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