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- January 26, 2015
After graduating from the university, my family and I moved to Wichita, Kansas where I worked for a multi-billion dollar oil and gas firm managing their Windows Server infrastructure. What we didn't have was good systems management tools, however. I was asked to lead a team of people from across disciplines within IT to find and acquire the use of a systems management solution that would scale to our environment (approximately 6000 servers). Long story short, I ended up finding out about NetIQ, POC'd their product, and eventually bought the product and implemented it in all the data centers around then globe for the company. I was so impressed by the software that I asked NetIQ for a job - and I got it.
Microsoft was a customer of NetIQ's and the contract included a full-time on-site person to manage the deployment and management of the software. I filled that position and rolled out AppManager again across all of Microsoft's data centers around the globe. I also built total automation on top of AppManager so that from commission to decommission, the monitoring of every server in their data center was managed completely headless.
I eventually left NetIQ and joined Microsoft to start my Product Management career as a PM first on the Microsoft System Center Service Manager product and then on System Center Essentials.
I left Microsoft 2 years later to join a small company called FullArmor. FullArmor was strictly an R&D shop that built ground-breaking technologies and then sold the asset to bigger software companies that could take the product to market. In 9 months I led a team from conception to delivery of a data center automation platform that we sold to Citrix. After another 9 month development project, we had an on-premise to cloud email migration solution that we sold to Quest Software (now Dell).
I left FullArmor to join Idera to help them turn around their data protection business unit which they formed by acquisition. In 3 months we over doubled the business unit's revenues.
I left Idera to join Spirent Communications as they were trying to take their network testing technologies into the Enterprise IT market. These technologies are used by companies like Cisco and AT&T to test the networks and network devices they produce.
I left Spirent to join BMC and get back to my roots of systems management technologies. Over the years I have learned many lessons in both how to, and how not to, build, release, and sell software to the IT market. My goal is to take all those lessons learned and apply them positively here at BMC to take our products, the P&A business unit, and the company as a whole to an even greater level of financial and industry success. I worked my way through the university and one of my jobs was with a construction company working in the IT department they were just starting. The company's devotion to the use of technology inspired my passion for the same and together we built one of the most advanced construction estimation, equipment tracking, and payroll systems in existence at the time.
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