Looking back on 2017 and looking forward into 2018

| 05/01/2018 | Tags: , , , ,

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.

Without listing everything, I am quite happy with my progress this year personally and as an IT Professional, keeping myself up to date with current tech where possible and pushing myself to learn new and varied things.

High-lights in no specific order.

  • vExpert 2017
  • VCP-DCV65
  • VMware Specialist – vRealize Operations 6.x
  • vROps Webinar Series
  • Presenting at and leading VMUG some events.
  • Found myself a Mentor whom I highly respect and trust.
  • Picking up vRA in a more serious way.
  • Keeping up (most of the time) regular blog posts here
  • Finally got the chance to read the Phoenix Project
  • Attended VMworld (Barcelona)

Moving forward into 2018 I have not yet really set any specific goals or targets. But off of the top of my head the follow items would be on my to-do list including the items I will already being doing.

  • Become vExpert 2018
  • Obtain 1 or 2 more VCPs in (VCP-NV and VCP-CMA)
  • Continue the vROps Webinar series with my good friend Sunny
  • Carrying on a in leadership role at the SW UK VMUG
  • Continue being mentored
  • Present at the Nordic VMUG
  • Present at other VMUGs (UK or beyond)
  • Develop my vRA knowledge.
  • Develop my Powershell/PowerCLI knowledge
  • Keep on blogging here regularly
  • TOGAF is something I am looking into.

My goal really is to just do better each year, get better at what I do and be a better professional and hopefully a better person as a whole.

So here is to a good 2018 I hope and wish yours will be a good and successful one.


Looking forward to #VMworld EMEA 2017

Having missed last years VMworld I feel very ready for attending the EMEA VMworld in Barcelona.

I almost felt annoyed about missing last year as the big announcements really caused a stir in the community and wider afield. (VMware on AWS) The announcements from the US VMworld this year were equally exciting so I am very keen to hear what else VMware has planned to reveal in a Barcelona.

I have put a good deal of effort into planning what I will be doing and attending to maximise my time there without burnout (Veterans I hear you laughing)

This will also be the first time I get to go officially for my employer Xtravirt (previous years I have been lucky enough to self fund etc).

My focus this year on sessions will be vRealize Operations, vRealize Automation, VMware on AWS and vSAN. Although where possible I also hope to cram in some NSX (Hands on Labs) as well.

Also this year I will get to finally meet my vROps Webinar Brother Sunny Dua, this is something I am looking forward to a great deal and we also plan to record a webinar while at the event so watch this space! Sadly Sunny will not be able to make it to Barcelona so I shall have to wait a little longer to meet. The next webinar has been scheduled though and there will be a guest!

Another first for me will be to attend the VMworld EMEA Hackathon on the Monday evening. Up until now I have never attended a hackathon although I am always told they are a enjoyable and a great source of learning so when I was told (er I mean encouraged) to attend by Sam McGeown I registered. I am looking forward to what promises to be a really fun event.

Aside from the social activities which are always a very high standard I am looking forward to visiting the solutions exchange and checking out the latest tech that the vendors have to offer.

Finally but not least I am really looking forward to meeting old and new faces in the vCommunity so if you are attending VMworld this year and want to say hi, ping me on twitter it would be great to meet.