Over the course of the last year or so, I have started out on a journey that would place myself back in the job market. I felt like a child entering the world where everything was new and I had to learn the job searching, interview skills all over again. I was coming from a Company, while through several acquisitions, that I had worked for 15 years. I started working there in 1997 as I just came out of the service as a part time gig until my schooling was completed. Who would’ve thought I would still be there 15 years later.
For weeks I was thinking about what the next logical step would be for me in my position. Would I make a complete career change or would I accept a different type of work environment? I sat down and wrote out my short and long term goals and listed out the job types that matched up to those goals.
The conclusion was eyeopening. First, I never saw myself in a “sales” type role, ever. I had to deal with technical sales account teams for the past ten years, and I swore to myself that I would never to that job. The idea of playing the cheesy game with your customer just didn’t appeal to me, however, I couldn’t have been more wrong. My goals hovered around a word that we all hear daily, used correctly and incorrectly, used because it’s a “buzz” word, we all know it and either absolutely hate it or love it, and that word is CLOUD. Don’t worry, I’m not going to talk about the definition or discuss the benefits and why you should be taking your business and/or your IT organization in that direction, you should already know that by now.
Along with the goals, I listed out leading IT solution vendors whose products I used and supported, and whose forward looking direction was spot on. Vendors such as Cisco, VMware, Dell, EMC, Microsoft, Netapp, HP, etc. They all get it. They all understand the massive change that is starting to occur. Cloud used to be a buzz word and we heard these vendors and leading manufacturers talk about this for the past 3 years and now that we have maturing platforms, infrastructure, and the all too important skilled workforce, the dream is now becoming a reality. These orginizations are on the forefront of this rift that we face and I wanted to be a part of that.
After a long year of learning the job searching process and the massive changes that have occurred since I last was in the job market, I finally landed a job with a great VAR-Cisco/VMware/Dell. Being part or at the forefront of this change is exciting and on July 9, a long chapter closes and a new one begins. I can’t wait to work with customers to help them on their journey to the Cloud, to show them the benefits, with a confidence that can only happen with leveraging the right Vendor’s solutions,solutions that are mature, and realized.
Going forward, I will continue to update this blog on all things “CLOUD.” From infrastructure, to applications, to platforms, to Mgmt and everything in between. This blog will now be focused on my journey and hopefully, along the way, the information I provide here will assist others in their journey.
I can’t wait to see what’s next!