Thinking about Thought Leadership Conferences

I’ll be speaking in Austin, Texas at Tech Unplugged this week. As always, it will be good to catch up with the thought leaders and friends that will be in attendance.

That’s one of the greatest benefits of working in the IT industry. It’s so vast, that the areas of speciality each take on a smaller community personality. I’ve known many of the attendees for over 8 years or more.

I think that Eric at discopossee.com described it perfectly that even if we weren’t working with vendors there sponsoring the shows, we’d still go for the networking with peers opportunity.

Vendor conferences are necessary and do serve a good purpose. In fact, my personal favorite vendor conference last year was Amazon’s re:Invent. The sessions I attended were solutions driven, imaginative and some were downright thought inspiring. It’s been a long time since I could say that about a vendor conference.

I enjoy conferences like the Tech Reckoning gathering last fall that John Troyer hosted.  These events are focused on ideation and connecting dots not necessarily advantageous to a single vendor in the pursuit of creating something better.

Thinking is good.

 

Back from Sunny Jamaica

I just got back from the Zerto (@ZertoCorp) company kickoff. Wow, what a week! The sessions were informative and networking with Zertoians that have been around and all the newbies was fun.

2015 was a huge year for Zerto and we have some really cool things coming in 2016.

Now, back to the snow in Kentucky.

 

Convert text to upper or lower case with bash

I had a spreadsheet with a list of lower case names that I needed to compare it with another spreadsheet with upper case names. I know there are lots of ways to do it, but I went to my Linux machine and was able to convert all the server names with a single line command in the bash shell.

cat FILENAME | tr “[:lower:]” “[:upper:]”

You could also drop this in a script as well if you are discovering servers.

echo $HOSTNAME | tr “[:lower:]” “[:upper:]”

Where is Big Data Headed?

I contributed to the question posed at Flarrio, Where is Big Data Headed?

Goodbye Lemmy and David

The grim reaper must be a country fan. He’s been a real jerk lately.

 

2016 Predictions: Cloudy with a Chance of Snowballs

I wrote this predictions for 2016 article for vmblog. The enterprise on premise customer is changing from a hypervisor platform mentality to a cloud mentality that is reminiscent of the physical to virtual mindset a few years ago.