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Professional Development Is An Investment

There was a recent announcement yesterday about an increase in cost for the VCDX Certification.  This has resulted in a rash of posts and tweets talking about how it’s unfair, and now too costly.  I won’t get into the fact the information was pre-released irresponsibly by a VCDX Community member himself.  Well maybe I just did…..  While I may agree ... Read More »

My 2016 VCDX Workshops

Back in January the VCDX Program announced the 2016 schedule of events which also includes various VCDX Workshops around the world.  I myself will be presenting two of them on the east coast, but we need to have at least 10 people registered to hold these.  Since they are free to attend and there is still a cost to hold ... Read More »

Spring is here….must be time for change

Spring is traditionally the time for change and this spring is no exception to that rule for me.  Many of you know that I always spend the time in my current role thinking about the steps that lie ahead.  Well, after just over a year helping Karl Childs and the VCDX program review, re-vise, and re-focus, it’s time for me ... Read More »

A Validation Plan Can Save Everyone Loads of Time

There is a reason why a Validation Plan is part of the VCDX Documentation.  Funny thing is many people don’t seem to take it that seriously either for the certification itself or for actual use in a production environment.  When I was growing up as a young IT boy starting my career, I was taught that NOTHING goes into production ... Read More »

Personal Thoughts on the VCDX Troubleshooting Removal

Breath in…..breath out….okay now that we have all taken a breath I will start.  As I mentioned on twitter there is a lot of good changes coming to the VCDX program.  Like last year many of these changes are being done rapid fire in Q4 so we can institute them in 2016.  That being said I wanted to take a ... Read More »

Getting Your VCDX Is Not Life Or Death

Okay, maybe for some it FEELS like it is when you are standing in front of the panel.  I did want to just write something from a personal perspective though about nerves and the pressure of the defense.  I realize everyone handles stress differently, but as I have gotten older I guess I view stressful situations in varying degrees.  Let ... Read More »

What Makes a Quality VCDX Submission

I get this question a lot and I plan on updating a few slides for upcoming VCDX Workshops to address it.  In the past the workshop certainly focusses on the defense day, but I am reminded today of some things that make a proper submission.  Actually there is probably a good list of things NOT to do that also comes ... Read More »

First Time Is Always A Charm

Last week I was asked to present the afternoon keynote at the Wisconsin VMUG.  I’ve actually been asked to present at multiple places so far in 2015, but this was the first run at this particular style of presentation.  Brian Suhr was kind enough to capture the entire thing on my video camera so I could review it and revise ... Read More »

What The VCDX Scenarios Are Looking For

I presented another VCDX Workshop this week in South Florida, and one thing that we dug into was what the Design and Troubleshooting Scenarios are looking for.  What I mean by that is every VCDX has always said in the workshops that these two sections are “About the Journey, not the destination”.  I personally have stated 100 times that completing ... Read More »

Addressing Design Changes In Your VCDX Defense

There was a conversation on Twitter that came up today regarding your VCDX submission, and changes to the design between submission and defense.  I have some personal opinions on this I wanted to write down instead of dealing with it on Twitter.  Alexander Thoma had a spot on point about this. @Sunny_Dua @ccolotti @skhoslaTO If changes are substantial it gets ... Read More »

My 2015 Speaking Engagements

As we close the first quarter of 2015, which in itself is simply amazing that it is gone, I wanted to start tracking my 2015 speaking engagements which include a mostly some VCDX Workshops, but it also looks like I will be at a VMUG or two presenting a Keynote.  I wanted to provide the abstracts as well in case ... Read More »

Online VCDX Workshop Feedback

A week ago today we held the first online VCDX Workshop with some amazing results!  We had over 600 people registered and over 300 people attend the session.  We’ve already posted the recording and the slides from this session on the VCDX VMTN Forum.  What I am going to do here is just address a few of the survey comments ... Read More »

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