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Jim Jones
Sr. Network Admin @wvhdf
VMTN6699U
#Vmworld #VMTN6699U
Living Rural & Tech Community
(It Really Is Possible)
• 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
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
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
Why Community Is Hard
Smaller tech industry in the area
No local VMUG or other User Groups
Imposter Syndrome
5
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
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
Thanks!
8

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Living Rural and Building a Tech Community

  • 1. Jim Jones Sr. Network Admin @wvhdf VMTN6699U #Vmworld #VMTN6699U Living Rural & Tech Community (It Really Is Possible)
  • 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. 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. 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. Why Community Is Hard Smaller tech industry in the area No local VMUG or other User Groups Imposter Syndrome 5
  • 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. 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