About me professionally
I was not really sure where to begin and how much to include. The IT industry is evolving and changing at such a fast pace that knowledge today is usually not only outdated tomorrow but very often obsolete. Is it worth to mention what I did five years ago?
However, I see it in so many other professions and types of businesses, the more you know about the past and history of your profession it will always give you an edge. Not better or superior but an edge. If you peel off some of the "new technology" you can still see the structure and foundation of the past. Quite frankly we don't invent "new technology" we improve "old technology".
So, I begin with the old me and continue to the improved me.
The advanced user
That's how I started. I did not have a direct career path into IT. I wanted to, though. If anything I am persistent and finally made it.
The helpful supporter
It is a big word, helpful. If you work in support you are helping others. If you don't like to help others then you should not work in support. Most IT career paths will begin in some sort of support, though. That's how it began for me, sometimes fixing stuff but mostly helping others. And I liked to help others.
The engaged Systems Engineer
We live in a world where we don't just take a word. We want to see proof. You say you can do it, but can you proof it. In the IT business it is the same. Just saying you can do something, faster and better than anybody else, means nothing. Is it thankfully or unfortunately—I don't know really—we have certifications by almost every hardware and software provider in this industry.
Thankfully in this case, I kickstarted my career with Microsoft's Systems Engineer certification back in the days with NT4. It lead to the support job and then a couple years later into systems engineering with Windows Servers and networks.
Working as a system engineer in a large data center I set up and configured various server environments and had to dig deep into the manuals of many products other than Windows Server. To give Google something to feed on and if you must know what I worked with here's a list of keywords:
- Server hardware: IBM, HP & Dell,
- Hard disks/subsystems: RAID, SCSI, Fiber Channel
- Storage Area Networks (SAN),
- Systems Management: Active Directory (AD), Backup and Monitoring,
- System Tools: Veritas and Tivoli,
- Citrix Metaframe,
- Virtualization VMware,
- Web, Database and Mail Servers,
- Configurating Proxy, Firewalls, Routers and Switches
- Installing and configuring Content Management Systems (CMS) and other various server applications
and probably a lot more.
The IT trainer
Apparently we train in IT, we don't teach. For a couple years I occasionally trained others. Mostly other professionals some of Microsoft curriculum programs but I also made classes for special products or events.
The passionate Web Designer and Developer
Here we are today.
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