vDM30in30 – Day 2: Network

IT is changing at an accelerating rate with plenty of IT jobs at stake. And yet, doing a job may not be enough in this IT-as-a-Service paradigm that hybrid IT is ushering in. With IT jobs evolving and forking into multiple paths, deciding which path to take and when become integral to continuing one’s prosperous IT career.


The IT career path is one of the hottest topics that I regularly discuss with my industry friends and peers, even when we are talking about current IT trends. This brings up an important task that many IT professionals often overlook, which is building a competent, trusted network of industry friends, peers, colleagues, and resources. This is one of my golden rules that has served me incredibly well. I make a concerted effort to continually do what I can to earn — and return — mutual trust.

I have formed and leveraged a network of trusted advisors, who have helped me progress throughout my career. From my start in the Office of the CTO to joining the virtualization revolution during its grassroots stage to engineering solutions for the Global 2000 to working on the first iteration of converged infrastructure, every opportunity that presented itself and was undertaken after counsel from my trusted network of advisors.

This even extends to my time at a cloud start-up now a part of Big Blue, and even my decision to accept the role of SolarWinds Head Geek. My circle of trusted advisors continue to play a major role in my life and my career, especially with so many opportunities presenting themselves in this hybrid IT world. So I ask you – do you have a network of trusted advisors that you lean on for career advice?