Up in the Air

I’m on my way to Silicon Valley to serve as a delegate for Cloud Field Day 4 (http://techfieldday.com/event/cfd4/).  Delegates aren’t industry analysts.  They are regular, in the trenches IT people who love what they do and co tribute to the community.  Many of the delegates have blogs and/ or podcasts as well as present at local user groups or trade shows.

And then there’s me... my profile is nowhere near as high as many of my peers.  But I’m going, in part, due a decision I made a few years back to put myself out there.  I got on Twitter.  I started a blog.  I tried to keep myself open to meeting people at conferences.  I joined the greater community. 

I’m just as introverted as the next person in this field (maybe even more so), so much of this isn’t easy for me.  But it is rewarding.  Maybe not financially, but being a part of any group who shares similar experiences provides comfort.  There are certain things that only people in your tribe can ever truely “get.”  Late night & weekend SAN upgrades, fixing Domain Controllers that stop controlling, migrating legacy enterprise apps from old on-prem server to the cloud - these are situations that only make sense to people in this business. 

Blog.  Tweet.  Slack.  Do whatever suits you, as long as you do something.  We all get better when more experiences are shared. 

DevOps - Don’t Forget the DBA

The DevOps movement has been great at increasing inclusion among the various roles in IT, breaking down solos and creating groups capable of deploying code.  But one group seems to have been left out of the mix - DBAs.  For whatever reason, DBA tools have been slow to build in features synonymous with DevOps such as source control.

The Phoenix Project and DevOps Handbook spend a great deal of time discussing Flow and how a we’ll run organization will look to eliminate blockages at choke points.  Often these blockages occur during hand-offs.  The best way to avoid hand-offs is to build teams with all members needed to make a deployable package.

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