Monthly Archives: August 2015

The Hot Aisle – Rise of the Developer Advocate with Ashley McNamara – Episode 12

The Hot Aisle is hosted by Brent Piatti (@brentpiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC).  This Episode’s guest is none other than Ashley McNamara (@ashleymcnamara) Developer Advocate for Object Rocket (a Rackspace company) to educate us on the role & rise of the Developer Advocate as well as how one can break into the world of code.  Aside from resources on how to learn to code, we also discuss STEM and getting your kids involved in technology, geeks & tattoos, as well as how you can contribute to open source projects.  Finally we get sage advice from Ashley’s son who makes a guest appearance and cements a spot on a future episode!

The Hot Aisle – v0dgeball, vSpecialists, & SE Culture with Fred Nix – Episode 11

The Hot Aisle is hosted by Brent Piatti (@brentpiatti) and Brian Carpenter (@intheDC).  This Episode’s guest is none other than Fred Nix (@nixfred) Systems Engineering Manager for EMC in the South.  Fred comes to us specifically to talk about v0dgeball 2015 @ VMworld and its origins and charity The Wounded Warrior Project, but leaves us with golden gems that include:  Public Speaking and how Stand Up Comedy plays a role in transforming your public speaking skills.  Motivating, Molding, and downright hugging New Hire Systems Engineers as part of his Global Presales Operations role.  Having a brand or legacy that may or may not include a lot of Jaeger (and how much of that is true?!).  The role military service had on his career path and his work ethic.  And last but not least – a glimpse into the formation of the vSpecialist organization at EMC – and how that “culture -not- cult” has stretched its tentacles into the organization worldwide – including New Hires Orientation.