Today marks my 2 year anniversary at EMC. Back in January of 2010, I literally graduated from college on a Friday and started at EMC on a Monday. I was enrolled in the Global Services Associate program (GSAP) which started off with a 10 week intensive training program known as “Bootcamp”. During this great opportunity I learned a lot about all the different products and services EMC has to offer.
My first 3 weeks were dedicated to passing my first certification known as EMC Technology Foundations (Now replaced by Information Storage Management). This was a tough challenge as I had no experience with enterprise storage being fresh out of college. After this I began my deeper training in CLARiiON, SAN, and networking protocols. This program was a great experience and gave me a good foundation for my job in the NAS support lab.
It was decided quickly that my focus within the NAS support lab would be with CIFS, Active Directory, and anti virus. With roughly 90% of our install base using CIFS, this was going to be a an important part of the organization. I quickly excelled in this area and have become a subject matter expert.
At EMC World 2011 in Las Vegas, I passed my NAS Specialist certification and then shortly after that I earned my VMware Certified Professional 4 during the summer. I’ve been out to Utah to train our new employees and participate on the EMC Community Network as well.
So far these first two years have been great for me. I’ve met a lot of great people and have participated in some great events. I only see good things to come from the next 2 years.
So I have been in Vegas for a little more than 24 hours. I have done a lot of walking around, I have won some money, I have met up with many of my twitter friends, and I also got my first taste of EMC World. For those of you who may not know, this is my first tech conference, and I plan to get as much as possible out of it.
Today I learned my first valuable conference lesson: Wear comfortable walking shoes. Today I chose to wear a flat bottomed skater-style shoe. This was a bad choice and by lunch time I was already in the Walgreens buying a set of Dr. Scholl’s inserts. I may try a different kind of shoe tomorrow, but if my feet are hurting this much already, who knows what tomorrow will be like.
It was great to meet up with everyone. After having an amazing breakfast, we met up with Thomas Jones. He joined us on a trip around Las Vegas as we went all the way to Mandalay Bay to pick up our interop badges. After finding out the roller coaster at New York New York was closed, we made our way back to the Venetian because it was time to register for EMC World. In a matter of minutes, I bumped into Chad Sakac, Len Devanna, David Hurst, and Jeramiah Dooley.
It was then finaly time to start the conference off right. For EMC employees, we were treated to a short presentation from Jeremy Burton on the company message and what to expect from EMC World. This was also where I mett Dave Henry and Mark Twomey for the first time. Then it was time for the pool. I didn’t realize just how big the pool area was, but I got lost for a while. Eventually, I met up with everyone, including Kelly Lavin, Denny Cherry, Julia Mak, Cody Bunch, and Edward Haletky. This great group of people will make this conference even better. I’m not even 1 day in and I’m loving every minute of it. See you on the show floor!