So it being 2020 now I thought it would be a pleasant exercise to quickly glance over the previous ten years and reflect a little. Before I even begin I will say I have never been happier in my career and work/life balance (which is always an on going effort to keep appropriate) I am going to break it down in a yearly format and then summarize at the end.
Autumn seems to be a time for the winds of change to blow through our industry, and this year that's true for me. TL;DR - I'm leaving VMware PSO to join the Cloud Management Business Unit as a Technical Marketing Manager for Cloud Automation! It's been a little over two years since I joined VMware as a Senior Conusltant in the EMEA NSX Practice, and in that time I've enjoyed some great opportunities, worked with some great people and technologies.
It has been a few years since I read (and lost) a great article on career progression and personal insight. That article helped me relax into who I am from a professional point of view, but it also challenged me. I have been in IT for over 20 years now and in truth the first 10 years were not so great (perhaps a story for another time) but it was when I stumbled upon the vCommunity by way of Twitter and then subsequently I attended my first VMUG (in London) which completely challenged and changed my way of thinking and approach to my career.
It has been a while since I have had time to write a blog post, the last quarter of last year was pretty crazy from a work point of view. Regardless, it is now a New Year and my tech focus is turning very much on CMP related things particularly vRealize Automation. (I am also very much looking forward to learning more about VMware's CaS which I saw demo'd at the UK VMUG late last year by Grant Orchard)
Upon seeing others in the wider community making a blog post like this as a marker in the sand I thought I would follow suit as a way to see what I have learned and goals I would like to achieve in the coming year. 2017 was a good year and a very busy one at that, I got to see a lot of new places on my work travels and met some really amazing, clever and talented people.
Why do IT projects fail? I am sure if you ask that question to ten people you will get 10 different answers, or at the very least a wide variety of reasons. The product chosen to deliver the solution was a poor match, the product was implemented incorrectly, the PM sucked, the Vendor gave no support, insufficient training material/resources, poor interoperability, the list goes on and on. One issue I have observed from time to time on my travels is quite different from the above listed examples.
Transforming Networking and Security for the Digital Era Wednesday morning I attended the Network and Security keynote which, if I'm honest, I found to be a bit boring. To be fair, it was probably aimed at business leaders and maybe not those that are technical. There were three customer stories, but I would have liked to have heard much more about the problems that NSX solved for them specifically, rather than being datacenter transformation/cloud journey stories that included NSX.
I was honoured to be asked to be part of VMware's CrowdChat for the general sessions this year, the idea being to live-tweet the General Session as it progressed. I've tried to embed the session from CrowdChat itself below, but it might be blocked by your browser for running unsafe scripts. You can also see the commentary on the Day Two General Session here. [http://www.via-cc.at/657sc]
I was honoured to be asked to be part of VMware's CrowdChat for the general sessions this year, the idea being to live-tweet the General Session as it progressed. I've tried to embed the session from CrowdChat itself below, but it might be blocked by your browser for running unsafe scripts. You can also see the commentary on the Day One General Session here. [http://www.via-cc.at/057s1]
VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist Exam I always like to take a discounted exam at VMworld, this year I opted for the VMware vSAN 2017 Specialist exam, which was released a few weeks ago. Having delivered quite a few vSAN based solutions over the last few years, I was fairly confident in the blueprint. I am pleased to say that I passed the exam with a score of 422, way higher than I expected!