Hello again and Happy New Year!!!!
Over the holiday season, I paused to reflect on the previous year. 2011 brought significant life changes:
1. Marriage to the love my life
2. Graduation with an MBA from THE Auburn University (War Eagle!!!111!!!)
3. Joined one of the undisputed leaders in IT technology
4. Deployed the largest Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) installation in North America (perhaps the world?) within my first six months at Cisco.
5. First (of many, I’m sure) Cisco certification: CCNA
6. Apple Conversion Completed (Laptop, Desktop, Phone, Tablet, and TV) 🙂
Regarding the career change, if you told me in 2010 that I would be joining Cisco Systems’ UCS Advanced Services Team in 2011, I would not have believed you.
After all, my former employer, CA Technologies, gave me the opportunity to develop a great foundation in Cloud and Virtualization solutions in my first industry job out of college. Not to mention, I went from not having a passport in 2002 to maxing out the stamped passport pages by 2010 due to the international travel I did on behalf of my business unit.
Despite all of that, it was necessary to make a change to further my career. While it was tough to leave my friends and colleagues behind, moving to Cisco was one of the best decisions of my life.
The Cisco UCS platform is one of the most significant advances in Data Center Tech (and perhaps in the entire IT industry) in recent years. It is exciting to be part of this initiative as we continue to successfully win business from the incumbent server manufacturers (Please see Omar Sultan’s Blog and this interesting Analyst Article for more details).
In addition, my new teammates are just as collaborative as my former ones. So, when I exhaust all knowledge from whitepapers, guides, etc., I can always count on them to provide some additional undocumented expertise.
So, how do I top a great run like the one I had in 2011???
1. More Blog Posts
2. Advanced Cisco and VMware Certifications
3. Bigger and better Data Center Projects
4. Whatever other challenges may come my way
My hope for you is that you are experiencing the same, if not a higher, level of excitement in your own career; if not, why not start making the necessary changes to get there?
Take care and Happy VM’ing,