My Job Hunt Is Officially Over!

Today I received several offers. After nearly two months of looking for a new role the offers all seemed to come at the same time. I made my choice though, and I am proud to say that I will begin working at my new job on June, 29th! The details are that I accepted an offer from Sentinel Technologies to become their new Solutions Architect for NetApp products. My focus will be on designing enterprise storage solutio

The Reward of Pure Unsolicited Praise

I recently was introduced to Jeffrey Gitomer’s books, videos, and web site by someone that I interviewed with (and although I did not get the job I now have a new member in my personal network). I purchased Gitomer’s Little Red Book of Selling in order to learn more about the science of sales and the art of selling, because I have been looking into various sales engineer and other customer facing roles. To be m

Learning Enterprise Class Storage Solutions–SAN vs NAS

When it comes to enterprise class storage solutions you have a lot of choices out there. Not only are there a plethora of storage manufacturers to choose from, but many storage manufacturers offer a plethora of products from their brand that handle storage in a plethora of different ways. If you were to ask any of these manufacturers if their solution is the one that is right for you I guarantee that the answer wil

The Social Side of IT: Why You Should Network, and How to Find Events

Part of every IT professional’s job is finding answers. Not knowing answers – finding answers! There is a huge difference between the two, in that: Knowing an answer is great for exams, job interviews, and Jeopardy! Finding an answer is more important, because you need to find the answer before you can know it. Here is the dirty little secret: It is harder work to find the right answers than it is to know t

Are You Blogging? If Not, You Are Failing Yourself!

If you have Internet access you can have a blog. If you are an IT professional you better have a blog, because you have no excuse for not having Internet access! Furthermore, if you are not actively participating in helping to increase the amount of useful knowledge available on the Internet you are not an IT professional. You are merely a button pusher. I do not write those words to be cruel. I write them to shed

The Social Side of IT: “How Much COIN Do You Have?”

This industry puts a heavy emphasis on technology, of course, but not nearly enough time and energy is spent on training IT professionals on how they should act as professionals. You might think that this is something that can be taken for granted. After all, as long as you know how the technology works who cares if your professional and social skills are a little rough around the edges? The customer cares. That is

Learning Enterprise Class Storage Solutions–RAID

The first part of this series focused on what I consider to be the basic building block of all enterprise class storage solutions – the hard drive. In this segment I am going to cover RAID which stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. The reason why I am focusing on RAID as the next step is because it is the logical combining of individual hard drives into a single virtual drive. Note that I used the ter

Why the HP Layoffs Matter to You

HP announced that 27,000 people will have their positions eliminated as the company restructures to focus on key business areas. That is a reduction of 7.7% based upon the nearly 350,000 employees that HP employs based upon their 2011 financials. You might be wondering why this matters to you as an IT professional who may or may not use HP products, and the reason is not because of the size of the reduction but bec

The Social Side of IT–Be Nice To The Vendors & Sales People

Today I was flooded with calls and requests to interview with various organizations. It is a great feeling to have many different options being made available to me as I continue my job hunt for the right role. As much as I would love to think that this happening as a result of my resume I would be fooling myself to believe that. You need a good resume in this industry. The way that the job hunt game is played is t