About

I’m not a perfect person. There’s many things I wish I didn’t do. Like reboot the wrong ESX host that one time. πŸ₯Ί

IT isn’t just my career; it’s a dedication to understanding technology, engineering solutions and empowering administrators and developers to drive their businesses forward. πŸ“ˆ

Community Engagement

That’s me πŸ‘†

IT is not just about what happens in the 9-to-5 – it’s engagement with the community that surrounds the infrastructure ecosystem. 🌲

Certifications

IT is about continued learning, and continued certifications. πŸ“„

Personal Technology

I try to have mostly Apple products at my disposal for my daily computing needs. πŸ“±

  • Apple MacBook Pro 15” 2017 in Space Gray (provided by VMware)
  • Apple iPhone X (256GB) in Silver on AT&T
  • Apple Watch 4 (44 mm) in Space Gray Aluminum with LTE

Corporate Overlords

I’m currently a Technical Account Manager for VMware focused on healthcare clients. What exactly does a TAM do? Basically whatever my customer needs me to do. I’m part-advocate, part-consultant, part-analyst, and part-therapist. It’s the best job I’ve ever had. πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

Please note, all opinions expressed on this blog or any of my other social media are mine, and may not reflect theirs. πŸ‘¨β€βš–οΈ

Prior to VMware, I spent a year working as an Integration Engineer for a financial services and healthcare technology provider. As an IE, my primary function was to work directly with the company business units and help assess their infrastructure needs and design solutions for them that were consistent with the best practices established by the enterprise architecture teams. I supported our pharmacy solutions and business workflow automation groups. I put in my notice the same week a transaction to purchase them was going through, for $5.4 billion. πŸ‘‹

For six years I was a Sr. Systems Engineer for a value added reseller. I left a few months before they got bought. I did mostly VMware, Cisco and EMC data center consulting projects for them. What can I say? It was VAR life. If you’re not sure what that means, I suggest listening to episode 130 of the Datanauts podcast where the panel explains exactly what that means. 😫

Prior to that, I was a Systems Administrator for a document imaging software provider called Perceptive Software that was purchased right after I started working for them, for around $250 million. Shortly after I left they rebranded the entire operation but then bought a competitor for $1 billion dollars. Some Chinese investors bought that a couple years ago, and then divested all of the software, so my company became a separate company again, and then it was sold to a different competitor. I only worked there for a year. 😏

For four years I was a Network Analyst for Rockhurst University which is a small Jesuit college in Kansas City. I did a bunch of crazy things there including one of the first major VMware VDI implementations in education. Wyse did a case study on it, and it won an award from ComputerWorld Magazine. Here’s the video version, where you can see a very nervous, 40 pounds lighter, 25 year old version of me explain why desktop virtualization is great. πŸ‘Ά

Rockhurst is still Rockhurst

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