So, it’s been official for about a month now, but I hadn’t really posted much officially. Part of that was because I am still performing my old role while I am doing my new role (Anyone interested in a Product Management role at VMware? 🙂
What have I been doing?
The week of Thanksgiving 2015 I decided I wanted to change roles from PowerCLI/Automation and ESXi Lifecycle – Technical Marketing to Product Management focused on Distributed Resource Management. Part of the decision at that point was that I wanted a better understanding of how Product Management worked within VMware, and part of it was because I felt very strongly that I could help accomplish great things. This was no easy decision and the change of work contrasted with the previous 5 years of employment. However, VMware trusted me and believed in me and December 1st we settled on a start date. I started ramping up immediately and made the official switchover on January 1st.
Over the first 11 months of last year I worked with Engineering, other product managers, Product Marketing, and most importantly YOU, the customer. We spent many hours working on a number of different features and enhancements, some of which were a part of vSphere 6.5:
- Predictive DRS
- Proactive HA
- Network-Aware DRS
- Orchestrated Restart
- HA Admission Control updates
- DRS Additional Options
- and more…
I can’t take credit for much, my engineers are amazing and I enjoyed every minute of working with them. It was definitely a team effort.
Why am I leaving Product Management?
I’ve gotten this question from almost every person I’ve told about the change. It’s quite simple actually. I enjoyed trying something new, I enjoyed the immense challenge. But one thing I found I really missed was being very hands-on technical. I have my lab gear (11 Dell servers) not being utilized often and every time I’d walk by it, I’d feel the itch to get back in and dive deep into all things virtualization.
Product Management as a whole, I would argue, does not change much over the years. Sure, methodologies change, but at the end of the day, it comes down to your skills at organization, prioritization, and execution.
On the other hand, technology and IT as a whole change very rapidly. That’s one of the fun parts of working hands-on in IT. However, the longer I stayed out of this part of the game, the harder I knew it would be to get back into it. I wanted to be even more technical and hands on than I could be as a Product Manager. I knew I had plenty of time to move back into Management down the road, so I decided to make the jump back into a role that I could continue down the technical path.
New Role, New opportunity
I’ve had an interest in VMware Cloud on AWS since I heard about it internally over a year ago. I knew there would be another Technical Marketing role opening up for VMC and I expressed my interest there. As this will be a new offering with many unique features, I am excited to get in on this from the beginning. I am now back in Technical Marketing as a Senior Technical Marketing Manager – VMware Cloud on AWS. I’ll be blogging, presenting, evangelizing, documenting, and helping enable field as well as customers, to understand and implement VMC. I’ll be working with Frank Denneman on this product and look forward to sharing all of the great upcoming content with all of you over the next several months and years.