I am thrilled to have recently recorded a podcast with our friends over at PacketPushers. The podcast, “How an IT Specialist Chooses Adjacent Competencies“, talks about how adjacencies in IT, as well as deeply intertwined technologies that compete and conflict with each other, can become a great means to specialize in multiple technologies to become an increasingly valuable asset to your organization and career.
General IT practitioners are incredibly valuable, as it makes you immensely adaptable to emerging and changing technologies. Specializing in one area gives you the potential to become the master at that topic. What is better – specializing or generalizing? I find that you can do both – and quite successfully mind you – but it takes your interest in multiple topics to make it happen. Listen in to learn more!
For those of you who read my blog, you’ll find that I have an intense fascination with how large database servers (notably Microsoft SQL Server) play nice – or often enough do NOT play nice – with the infrastructure underneath, regardless of on-premises or public cloud placement. I’ve been virtualizing these systems and doing performance tuning of these platforms for over 20 years now. I’ll never say I’ve seen it all, but I’ve seen a lot of how infrastructure and database systems often do not work well together, and knowing one side well makes you stronger at the other.
Coincidentally, I recorded this podcast with Scott Lowe, who authored the book “Mastering VMware vSphere 4“, the book that I used to help start my VMware certification path many years ago back in 2009. I’m amazed at how I was able to connect to contribute so many years later! Thanks Scott for your great words of wisdom!