Hello! Hi! How Are You?
Greetings, Nutanix! My name is Jared. I’m the newest Nutant on the DevOps Marketing team in the Corporate Marketing organization.
I bring over 20 years of experience as a consultant, developer, writer, blogger, event organizer, and speaker. In previous iterations of my career, I’ve been an Adobe Community Professional, a member of Team Macromedia, and an Adobe User Group Manager (concurrently, in some cases!) I’ve worked with or for organizations from 3M and Medtronic to the Bridgestone/Firestone and the Freemasons.
For a while, I was working in 8-10 different languages on any given day in addition to being a DevOps Engineer and project manager—actually, that was one of my favorite positions ever. I truly love wearing many hats, as it were.
In my role with the DevOps Marketing team, I have been tasked with bringing a developer’s perspective to what we do: reviewing labs, being a guinea pig for dev-focused sales and marketing initiatives, and advocating for developers as plans and programs are being considered and released. And even, from time to time, developing stuff—a microsite here, a demo app there.
Currently, I’m in charge of two separate-but-related products for our Nutanix educational opportunities. More to come on those in the near future!
Developer Advocacy: Why?
In my next post, I will be talking about the advent of the full-stack developer and how they are the result of a trio of major developments in our industry: the maturation of cloud technology, the proliferation of language/tooling options, and the advent of DevOps. These trends have resulted in a stark shift from the past mantra of “standardization everywhere!” These days, many organizations are making technology decisions on a per-project basis and giving the decision-making power directly to dev teams.
But without ops on board, none of it works! Thus, the IT Manager is no longer Lord High Chancellor of the Realm. That role is now served by a cooperative effort between senior dev staff and the operations staff, with little more than oversight and approval from management.
The net effect of all this chaos is the creation of a new generation of developers unlike those we have known in the past. These devs are able to take projects from inception all the way to production. Instead of just “rolling the code,” they work hand-in-hand with their ops teams to design entire systems (including infrastructure). Only by such cooperative efforts can they support a literal “alphabet soup of technology” and, more importantly, automate everything from simple builds to globally available public cloud deployments.