Not My First blog post…

…but it is my first website.

I have already had the honor of writing a few blog posts for work and I will continue to do so (check out http://blogs.vmware.com/tam/tag/joe-depasquale). So why have my own site? Because all the cool kids are doing it. All kidding aside, I can use this platform to express my views as it relates to IT. Not because anybody told me I could not but this allows me to type and hit submit.

A little bit about me. I started in the IT space about 25 years ago. When I was a young adult, bouncing from college to college, I wanted to be a Police Officer. Once I accumulated 60 credit hours, I took the County Police Civil Service exam. During this time a friend got me a job installing computer cable. Mostly Cat 5 but there was still some Type 1 and BNC going around. This is Buffalo we are a little bit slow on adoption. Anyway, I scored well enough on the exam but retirements where light that year and I was never selected.

While installing the physical layer I noticed how cool these IT people were. They had offices, played with new technology and were heavily relied on; assets to the organization. Sure there was weekend work but that seemed a little safer than police work. Over the next few years I progressed in the roles I held, accumulating experience and taking on more responsibility. I would only change companies a handful of times over my career but when I did it was to gain more experience and take on more responsibility.

I have been at VMware now for over 5 years. I am proud to say it was the best decision I ever made. It is truly a great company to work for and they continue to impress. There is ample opportunity to learn more each day, everybody is willing to help each other, and we continue to evolve.

I know I skipped over a lot but I have to keep some back, for at the very least, security reasons. I hope you enjoy the site as much as I enjoy putting it together. More to come…