Donuts in the Breakroom

This is the first of a series of posts about information management. My plan is to write a series about managing information from a business and technology perspective, and not just how to reduce storage based on bits and bytes. Many studies have been performed which report that over 50% of business data does not hold any value to the business. There are many tools in the market, such as deduplication, to help reduce the storage footprint but they treat all data the same. Continue reading “Donuts in the Breakroom”

November – Let’s Get Things Started

For vDM30in30 this year, I had planned on writing a quality blog to get things kicked off in a nice fashion. Unfortunately, travel delays and work commitments took up most of my time over the last few days. Then I remembered that Eric Wright (@discoposse) said one of the posts could be about vDM30in30 itself. So, I’m taking my mulligan early this year. Continue reading “November – Let’s Get Things Started”

First Tech Job: Years 0-4

A very good Twitter friend posted today about his first four years in IT. I met Rob Nelson at the Indy VMUG in 2014 and we’ve been communicating back and forth since. If you haven’t checked out his blog, you MUST! It’s a wealth of information that is 75% over my head, but I enjoy reading it anyway.

Rob was intrigued by a Twitter hashtag over the weekend (#FirstTechJob). Someone raised the question about how to get the elusive four years of experience employers are looking for when just starting in the IT field.

Always one to piggyback off of a great idea, here is my story…  Continue reading “First Tech Job: Years 0-4”

Insight

In my role as Information Governance Architect, I often have recurring meetings with many of my clients. I have one such meeting today with a new client who has already informed me that they are having massive data growth issues and are at risk of data loss. I think back to a similar client a few years ago who was facing the same struggle.
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Troubleshooter Extraordinaire

When I bought my first car I didn’t have much money to spend so as a lot of teenagers do, I bought a “beater” car for less money than I’ve spent on one tire on my newest car. It did what I wanted it to do at the time; get me from point A to point B on my own schedule and without having to rely on my older brothers to take me places. I had freedom, but that freedom came with a price. The car was constantly breaking down. Continue reading “Troubleshooter Extraordinaire”

Train in Vain

My idea for today’s post is about trying to decide between investing training in new skills and expanding on the skills you already have. I am going through this right now. I have a long history with Microsoft products and only recently started working with VMware. I do have to admit how much I love the VMware community. I’ve met and talked with a lot of great people over the last few months. There is a lot to learn however. Continue reading “Train in Vain”

So You Want To Be a Writer

I am a published author. When I was writing my first book I thought I would take great pride in saying that. I also thought I was going to make some pretty good money. The money part didn’t happen, and while I do take pride in the fact that I am a published author I find myself looking back at that time in my career with a little regret. I don’t regret doing it, but I wish I would have done it a little differently. It’s the old “knowing what I know now” scenario. Let’s take a look at the process. Continue reading “So You Want To Be a Writer”

Are You a Wood Gatherer, or an Explorer?

When I bought my first computer at the age of 13, my career aspirations never came into mind. I will admit that I knew from a very early age that I never wanted to be a programmer. I rage quit all of that when I would type in programs from the back of my computer magazines only to have a minor syntax error make the previous few hours a huge waste of time. Luckily I had Wizard of Wor, Spy Hunter and B.C.’s Quest for Tires to help me get over it.   Continue reading “Are You a Wood Gatherer, or an Explorer?”

How Team Sports Hurt My Professional Career

Every employer wants to have the “team player”. You hear it in interview questions. They are interview buzzwords. Depending on your personality type, your take on being a team player may be different from other people. The general consensus is that playing team sports is a great thing for your career. It builds your teamwork skills and helps you think beyond being an individual. Many good things can come from being a member of a team, but there is one area where it could be bad for you. Continue reading “How Team Sports Hurt My Professional Career”