VMworld Prep Part 1

I’m headed to Las Vegas for the show next week and am trying something new for my VMworld prep. I’ve got two a last-minute purchase, a goal, and an on-going action for my run-up to the show. By the way, if you’d like to meet up and chat, hit me up on twitter: @vJourneyman. I don’t know if you’re looking forward to anything specific at the show, but I was re-reading my post about VMware Validated Designs in 2016, and am looking forward to seeing what the Integrated Systems Business Unit announces for VVD and Cloud Foundation. 

Purchase: Conference Charging

Conferences tend to intensely use phones these days. You keep your registered session schedule in the app, map the conference in the app, network with other attendees in the app, etc. You might take pictures of slides, get on a phone call for your day job, text with other attendees, and so on. So, I recommend a USB battery pack which can provide two full charges for your phone. Why two? Because sometimes you forget to charge overnight… I’ve got a phone and tablet which both USB-C, so I’ve got that additional requirement.
Here’s The Wirecutter’s article on USB-C Power Banks.

In addition, I’d recommend a USB hub to recharge multiple electronic items overnight. I’m charging my phone, a tablet, Bluetooth earbuds, and the USB battery.
Here’s The Wirecutter’s article on USB-C PD (Power Delivery) chargers. I use USB-A to USB-C cables to charge my phone and battery pack while the USB-C PD port charges the tablet. And one port for USB Micro Bluetooth headset. That means I need a USB-C port and three USB-A ports as a worst-case scenario.

That being said, you can get batteries as giveaways on the show floor, but they’re generally lower capacity. Its right up against the latest time you can buy something from Amazon for home delivery before traveling. Staying juiced up is a critical part of my VMworld prep.

Goal: Get fully packed by Friday for my early morning Sunday flight

I need to break out of the pattern of staying up all night doing laundry and packing the night before the flight. Before the early, early morning flight. I did that in February and knocked out on the plane before it took off. I was out so hard that it took my seatmates more than a few minutes to wake me up to get past me for the bathroom. Not good.

Good VMworld prep for me involves not stressing about packing the night before the show. I’d prefer to spend that time with my family.

Action: Start waking up on my conference schedule

My goal is to get to the conference breakfast as the doors open, usually 7 am. That means getting out of the hotel room by 6:30 am. So I have to wake up by 5:30 am.

I think I mentioned this tactic in the Nerd Journey Trailer episode about conference success. As much as I value the late-night networking, I want to maximize my daylight time at the conference. I don’t quite have a job which focuses more on the after-hours networking than the in-conference attendance, and the cost of my pass came out of someone’s budget. 

So this part of my VMworld prep means I’m waking up pretty early. And getting a solid week of good sleep before the show means I’m going to bed early.

What are you doing for your VMworld Prep?

UX/Design Team at VMware is Hiring

I’ve been watching several internal programs, non-product demos, and ideas-stage discussions on design at VMware for the past few years. Just recently, I noticed that we’re in the middle of a big hiring push for the UX/Design team, so I thought I put up a couple resources for those interested in exploring that career path.

First, here’s my list of open UX/Design positions:
http://bit.ly/vmw-design2018

And just as a reminder I maintain more lists of open VMware positions by type and recruitment campaigns:
http://vjourneyman.com/vmware-jobs

Next, here’s an interview with Jehad Affoneh and Anna Marie Panlilio of the UX/Design team back in June of 2018. The spoke about their philosophy of design, how they conduct end-user research into the design process, and some ideas on the future direction of VMware product design. Unfortunately, I wasn’t at the recording session, but fortunately, there’s a recording!

It was interesting to hear they’re doing NDA design sessions at VMworld. I checked and they’re almost all full. If you can sign the agreement and sign up, it would be interesting to see that information-gathering first-hand.

Also, here’s the design site they mentioned, and their design blog. If you’re interested in applying and are looking for some background on what they do and why, it’s worth a read.
VMware.design
VMware.design/research.html
VMware Design Blog on Medium

Oh and you might want to check out one of their public projects, the Clarity System.

Clarity on Github

Clarity Design System Training video (in a VMware Clarity YouTube Playlist):

VMware Wavefront Acquisition

Yesterday’s VMware Communities Roundtable podcast centered around the VMware Wavefront acquisition. Bill Roth (@BillRothVMware), Director, Product Marketing at VMware’s Cloud Management Business Unit, was in studio to talk about what Wavefront’s product is and the thinking behind the acquisition. We (maybe just me) went down an interesting speculative path of what might be done with the product. Eric was especially interested in

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Reactions to WannaCry Ransomware

Here are some quick thoughts on the WannaCry ransomware threat that emerged this past Friday [L.A. Times, Bloomberg, etc], as I get ready for the work week.

  • I wouldn’t want to be the person in the office of the CISO who wrote a security exception for Windows XP this week
  • The Shadow Brokers disclosure of this vulnerability isn’t what enabled this attack, it’s the lack of disclosure from everyone who knew about it but didn’t tell Microsoft.
  • It sure would be nice to have an easy way to see what computers are and aren’t patched against the vulnerabilities swiped from the NSA toolkit. Or to work for a software company that sold a solution that could give you that information (I don’t).
  • PAN discussed how the attack spreads after getting past a perimeter. I’d encourage anyone with a micro-segmentation solution to make sure that they’re mitigating the methods of attack spread.

Angel Villar Garea, a VMware Systems Engineer, has a video out on how to block the spread using NSX.

How about physical machines? While platforms like NSX provide increased security via hardware VTEPs, I don’t think we yet have a mature way to push down security controls to the physical switch that the desktop is plugged into. Or the WiFi router. Again, in my view, the strength of a platform like NSX is it’s ability to integrate with next generation physical firewalls from other vendors to extend security policies to the physical world.

WannaCry is only the latest ransomware to come along. It’s probably only the first to leverage to tools from the Shadow Brokers leak of stolen US Government zero-day attacks. What are you doing in your organization to block the next one?

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VMware Career Saturday 2017 Week 19

This week in VMware job listings, I’ve changed formats slightly. I dropped market segment [EDIT: and seniority or role type] as that was taking a bunch of time to generate. I managed to automate things enough to post a refreshed version of every job category I’m monitoring: SE, Sales, Consulting, and TAM in the US/Canada and EMEA. Each of those has it’s own page with it’s weekly, refreshed, complete listing. In this post, I’m going to highlight the new jobs posted in each section. Those listings are in the single digits, so I’m not going to bother having them in a table with a sort/filter function. Continue reading VMware Career Saturday 2017 Week 19

VMware Career Saturday 2017 Week 18

UPDATE 2017-05-13: I’ve added individual pages (wherever my navigation currently has menu structure, currently on the left) with a weekly refreshed, complete listing of all listed positions for SEs, Sales, TAMs, and Consultants in both USA/Canada and EMEA. Those tables will have filters and sortability. My weekly posts will have new listings without the complexity of sorts and filters.

This is my weekly Saturday update of new open positions at VMware. I’m hoping this helps anyone looking to start a VMware Career! There were no new Field Sales and TAM positions posted in the US, and only a single SE and two Consulting positions posted. At readers requests, I added the listings for EMEA sales, EMEA SEs, EMEA consulting, and EMEA TAMs. I must not know anyone in Canada, LATAM, APAC, or ANZ. There’s some Bay area local positions I want to highlight and a note about what the open position on Advisory Services is all about. Continue reading VMware Career Saturday 2017 Week 18

Discounted VCP-NV – It’s Never Been Cheaper

Discounted VCP-NV Bottom Line Up Front

There’s a discounted VCP-NV promotional package right now; $2,200 gets you:

  • An exam prep course for the vSphere Foundations course
  • An exam voucher for vSphere Foundations
  • NSX Install, Configure, Manage On-Demand E-Learning course
  • A separate NSX exam prep course
  • An exam voucher for the VCP-NV 6.2
  • 6 CPUs of NSX Enterprise for non-production personal use (training)
  • A full year of VMUG Advantage, including eval licenses for almost all VMware products.

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Thoughts on VMware Certification and Education

Last week, I appeared as a guest-host on Episode 386 of the VMware Communities Podcast [TalkShoe | iTunes | PlayerFM]. It’s something I hope to do on a fairly regular basis, time permitting. We had a great discussion with Karl Childs, the Senior Manager – Certification Development on the topic of the VMware certification program. We talked for an hour about the state of VMware Certification landscape. I wanted to summarize my thoughts on the conversation and write about some follow-ups I did. Continue reading Thoughts on VMware Certification and Education

VMware Career Saturday 2017 Week 17

UPDATE 2017-05-13: I’ve added individual pages (wherever my navigation currently has menu structure, currently on the left) with a weekly refreshed, complete listing of all listed positions for SEs, Sales, TAMs, and Consultants in both USA/Canada and EMEA. Those tables will have filters and sortability. My weekly posts will have new listings without the complexity of sorts and filters.

After receiving a lot of interest last week from my previous post on open jobs at VMware, I wanted to put up an update on Field Sales and Systems Engineering positions. I shouldn’t be surprised that there were 6 new requisitions posted, more than one per work-day. VMware is increasing the size and reach of it’s sales and systems engineering force on a pretty consistent basis. I don’t know if I can keep up a weekly cadence, but I’ll try as long as there’s interest in starting a VMware career.

In addition, I got asked about asked about implementation and other post-sales positions at the company, so I’ve included those. There are two kinds of positions I’ve listed here, Consultants and Technical Account Managers. If you want to see everything that was open for Field Sales and SEs as of last week, check out last week’s post. This is only the new SE and Field Sales jobs. As always, you can head to VMware’s recruiting site at Rolepoint and conduct your own searches. I’m watching the “United States” as a location and four types of positions: “Sales-Field Sales“, “Sales-Systems Engineering“, “Services and Consulting-Consulting“, and “Services and Consulting-Technical Account Management“.

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Jobs at VMware Sales/SE Saturday

UPDATE 2017-05-13: I’ve added individual pages (wherever my navigation currently has menu structure, currently on the left) with a weekly refreshed, complete listing of all listed positions for SEs, Sales, TAMs, and Consultants in both USA/Canada and EMEA. Those tables will have filters and sortability. My weekly posts will have new listings without the complexity of sorts and filters.

UPDATE 2017-04-29: I’ve got a new post with the newly posted jobs as of April 29th, 2017 (2017, week 17) here. In that post, I’ve included new SE and Field Sales jobs as well as post-sales jobs in the Consulting and Technical Account Management categories.

I’ve been tracking open jobs at VMware in enough areas for enough people that I decided to put up my findings for other people to search. Of course, you can head to VMware’s recruiting site at Rolepoint and slice and dice searches on your own. I’m watching the “United States” as a location and two types of positions, 38 in “Sales-Field Sales” and 41 in “Sales-Systems Engineering“.

One area that I haven’t had good luck in organizing for content is on the software development side. There are currently 130 open software engineering jobs at VMware (in the US) which doesn’t seem like a large data set to organize, but the question is how. For the Network and Security Business Unit, previous experience with network stacks is a constant theme. However, some specialties don’t sort that way (UX design, for example). Sorting by languages and tools doesn’t seem like a good idea, though an anlysis of what’s being used by Business Unit might be a separate, interesting task. At any rate, if you’re looking for a software development position at VMware, head to the recruiting site and choose “Engineering and Technology-Software Engineering” from the department drop-down.

Regardless of the type of role you’re looking for, I’m happy to chat about my understanding of the job roles and team structures, eyeball a resume for format and impact, and chat about what it’s like to work at VMware. I’m including a contact form at the bottom if you’d like to get in touch with me. And of course, I’m on LinkedIn and Twitter.


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