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VMworld 2017 vBrownBag: Living Rural & Tech Community (It Really Is Possible)

One of 2 sessions I did on the vBrownBag/VMTN stage in 2017, this one focused on the challenges of being an active member of the vCommunity while living in a rural area and how to make the most of those challenges.

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VMworld 2017 vBrownBag: Living Rural & Tech Community (It Really Is Possible)

  1. 1. Jim Jones Sr. Network Admin @wvhdf VMTN6699U #Vmworld #VMTN6699U Living Rural & Tech Community (It Really Is Possible)
  2. 2. • This presentation may contain product features that are currently under development. • This overview of new technology represents no commitment from VMware to deliver these features in any generally available product. • Features are subject to change, and must not be included in contracts, purchase orders, or sales agreements of any kind. • Technical feasibility and market demand will affect final delivery. • Pricing and packaging for any new technologies or features discussed or presented have not been determined. Disclaimer 2
  3. 3. About Me Jim Jones, Sr. Network Admin, West Virginia Housing Development Fund Live/Work in the Charleston, WV area vExpert 2014-2017 Veeam Vanguard 2015-2017 https://koolaid.info @k00laidIT 3
  4. 4. Why Community Is Worth It Good way to grow your own abilities, both tech and soft skills ◦ Challenge your own ideas ◦ Assisting others is a great way to learn Access to resources and people not always readily available Career contacts are important too 4
  5. 5. Why Community Is Hard Smaller tech industry in the area No local VMUG or other User Groups Imposter Syndrome 5
  6. 6. How To Make It Work Twitter/social media Internet based communities ◦ vBrownBag ◦ Slack Channels ◦ Spiceworks Find a manager/Org who understands the value of community Have a willingness to travel to nearby events Regularly attend tech conferences 6
  7. 7. How To Afford It Get management buy in ◦ Be able to sell getting something valuable back for the org ◦ It’s cheaper than traditional paid training ◦ Get PTO or work paid travel Get involved in webinars/blogging/podcasts/etc. Become a speaker Get sponsorships/giveaways if possible and allowed 7
  8. 8. Thanks! 8

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