I jumped into the IT field during college and have never looked back. I have always enjoyed change so IT is the perfect field for me. The consistent advancements in technology as a whole have kept me interested and busy. I started out like any other IT Pro, in the help desk and in desktop support. I worked for Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG) for seven years. I began in the global help desk and climbed the ladder to become a sr. systems engineer. As an engineer, I wore multiple hats but my focus was virtualization, primarily using VMware’s products. I also assisted their agencies with consolidation of their current systems when those systems became end-of-life or the physical footprint became too large.
I went back to school to get my bachelor’s degree in 2012. A year later, I had a B.S. in Management of Information Systems.
As of October 2014, I started at Bank of the West. Again, my focus is on the VMware environment and introducing more automation into that environment. vRealize Orchestrator will be a big portion of that but definitely not limited to. Within the first couple months at the bank, multiple automation tasks have been provided themselves including deployment of VM servers and PernixData upgrades.
In February of 2017, I made the switch to consulting and joined the talented team at AHEAD. I’m a Senior Technical Architect focusing on automation of systems with vRA, vRO, etc. I’m also working to broaden my skillset but researching the public cloud providers as well as configuration management solutions.
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I have been working in IT for over 15 years now. I started out with technology really in the mid-80’s when my dad brought home the family’s first computer. A month later I had it in pieces and I still remember the look on his face, but all was well when I put it back together. I was hooked and I instantly became the neighborhood computer kid. Fast forward a decade and a half and I got my first paid job in IT. I was a bench tech at a local computer store in Lincoln, NE. I moved back to Omaha and got my first real computer job in the corporate world. I was a field technician at a local services provider. I left there to be the jack of all trades at a company called eMedicine, whom would get bought out by WebMD. While at WebMD, I was a special projects engineer, basically integrating all the companies they bought and also doing highly visible projects for the CTO. I left there once again for a small business and that is where I got hooked on VMware and virtualization. I had pitched the idea to WebMD, but no one believed me when I told them it was the future. This new company allowed me the freedom to virtualize. The further down the rabbit hole we went with it, the better performance and stability we got. It ended up being a 98% virtualized infrastructure. I moved on to Interpublic Group of Companies, where I work now, and where I met Zach. I was brought on as an administrator and once Zach left, moved into his role as engineer. We did a lot of good things together at IPG and I have continued the path we both laid out for them. Grow, stabilize, absorb more applications, and automate!
My current focus is to train the new admin, look into how we can get past the 70% virtualization hump, automate what we can, and to be the subject matter expert of virtualization for the agencies IPG owns.
*And yes, that is a fricken LION CUB!
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