Articles from March 2016

4 Tips on How to Best Utilize Your Mentor-Mentee Relationship

This blog post is written for people who hear that having a mentor can be very helpful for their career, but don’t know why or what to expect. I’ve been asked to mentor many people in the past, from people just starting their career to first line managers, and have found that many people approach the process wrong. People seeking a…

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Improving Vendor-Provided Visio Stencils that are Less than Great

As an IT professional, I’ve had occasion to use Microsoft Visio perhaps two or three thousand times. Given that it has been the de facto standard in creating visual representations of complex architectures and other technological concepts for close to two decades, it’s likely you’ve encountered the tool yourself. Generally speaking, it’s all well and good to open the application,…

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AWS Certification – Solutions Architect Training Insights

Amazon Web Services offers certification testing for IT professionals interested in advancing their careers in the Amazon realm. In September 2015, I completed the certification exam for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate. It is by far one of the most difficult certification exams I have ever taken. The exam is designed to measure your “technical expertise in desinging…

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