Mid-March – Where did that come from?

Well it seems like this year has crept up on me pretty fast, it is already mid-March and I don’t know where the time has gone! I haven’t written anything here at all this year and wanted to provide a little update on what has been happening and also what is coming up in the next few months.

The back end of 2018 was pretty hectic, I started my own business, secured some contracts, moved house, and still managed to attend a few conferences. The start of 2019 hasn’t really been any less intense, moving house late in the year meant it took a lot longer to get settled than expected due to conferences, holiday and other commitments.

Things are finally in a stable place there and I’ve even completed my new home office. That is something I want to write about and hopefully that can be my next blog. Choosing the right desk and setting up a working area that supports productivity and comfort took some time and it is something I would like to share.

I have been writing a series of blog posts over on SolarWinds Geek Speak around Hybrid IT, we are five posts in and the final part of the series is coming up soon. I have really enjoyed this opportunity and I hope that people have enjoyed reading my insights. You can find links to all the posts over on the home page.

In community news I have been once again honoured with being a part of the Cisco Champion and vExpert programs for 2019. Now things are settling down and I have more time I would like to write more in these areas, my day to day work still includes a lot of relevant experiences, I just need to get them out of my head and on to the page!

Over the next few months I have a few events planned. I am lucky enough to be a delegate for Cloud Field Day in April, so look out for a post prior to the event covering my thoughts as a new delegate and what I hope to get from the time. The annual NetApp A-Team ETL event takes place in June, again expect a post or two from me on this. After that I am looking towards the start of conference season, I am not entirely sure which events I will make it to, however I do plan to attend a few of the major industry conferences. When I make my selection I will pull together some details and get them online.

Lastly I am looking at running another competition off the back of the exam vouchers I gave away last year. NetApp University have been very accomodating and have offered up some additional vouchers, I also want to offer up something like a Pluralsight subscription as a prize. The team over at Pluralsight are very involved in the community and offer up free subscriotions to a number of programs. I want to pay that forward.

Lots planned ahead for 2019, just need to get into some better habits with writing and regular posting.


I am a seasoned IT professional with over 20 years experience. Currently focusing on Kubernetes and Cloud-Native technologies. My aim is to help others along the journey I have taken and continue to travel. Going from traditional infrastructure to modern cloud application deployment, and whatever the next big changes might be!