It’s been just over three months since my last installment, so I thought I’d toss up a quick entry to let you all know how it’s going. Once again, I’d like to reiterate:
Though I am a VMware employee, this is not a VMware blog. My postings are my own and don’t necessarily represent VMware’s positions, strategies, or opinions.
Q2 Slowdown? I don’t think so.
Let’s just say I’ve been a little busy. My team, as a whole, has been on a tear during Q2, continuing the break neck pace of Q1. I’m not going to cite a specific number, but suffice it to say we’ve shattered expectations for the entire first half of the year. I’ve been extremely impressed with everyone with whom I’ve interacted in VMware PSO to this point – consummate professionalism all around.
On the certification front, I managed to pass the VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Administration (VCAP-DTA) and VMware Certified Advanced Professional – Desktop Design (VCAP-DTD) exams. Both were tough, though I suppose being in my position, passing them should be expected.
All of this has, however, left me a little drained. I’m working on some other things, which I’ll get in to in a minute, that have further cramped my already precious little free time at home. I ended up taking a week off to recharge a few months ago, but the effect of that has started to wane. I had the opportunity to work from home last week, which was absolutely awesome, as well as being much needed respite from the road. I’ve found that my time off just leaves me dreading going back on the road. I’d say I hope I get over it, but to be honest, I find that dread reassuring – I think that if I lost the longing for home and family, something would be terribly wrong.
I’d like to once again take this opportunity to thank my wife, Erica, who has taken up the slack that I’ve left at home with grace and heaps of understanding. By all rights, she could be constantly haranguing me about effectively widowing her four to five days a week, but to this point, she’s kept it to a minimum. I owe her more than I could ever possibly repay. I love you, babe.
This is that little thing that I was alluding to earlier. To this point, I’ve spent just over 100 hours preparing my architecture design. With that due to be completed by the end of the week (7/11), I’m looking to move on and complete the rest of my documentation set, to be turned in no later than August 8, hopefully to be accepted for defense in October. Though it has been a lot of work, with a ton more left to go, I can say that this process has seemed to have made me into a more insightful and thoughtful vSphere architect. I’m catching a lot of things that would have slipped through the cracks of my decision making process even a few months ago. I do hope that all this work bears out and I gain VCDX-DCV certification this October, but if not, it has certainly pushed me to up my game to the point that I feel confident that I can get there.
That’s it for now. See y’all next quarter!