There is a greenhorn walking amongst all these Nutanix experts. He goes by the name of David and has chosen these turbulent times to join the Dutch SE Team. He’ll be posting a blog series sharing his experiences whilst getting to know Nutanix inside out. The previous installment may be found by clicking here.
STIG, BCDR, CY, ADFS, TOI, AAPM, ETO, AMF, NHT, AHV, CBL, CHDR, CFTXOP, CDM, GTE, CPOM, DIACAP, DML, DQL, EBR, ECX, ELM, EDA, DRGB, EPA, TME, EVPN, FIPS, ETSI, GENEVE, GAAP, HDFS, VRF, HIPAA, GUID, INCITS, IPMI, KMIP, KPOP, LKM, LDM, VIRBR, LLDP, USITC, TSE, MTBF, NCAP, USPTO, NIST, CFT, NPX, DIARMF, NRO, OLEP, OVS, SSP, OVN, PRNG, PUBPAT, SSID, RDMA, IQN, PAN, SFDC, SNOW, SSHD, UUID, VG, VNI, TOI, VPA, MPI, WBAN, DOD, WYSIWIG, SKLM, CORS, YAML, CAGR, SCVMM, FSVM, NPP, SPOC, VCAI, TAM, VAAI, SWA, XCCDF.
For starters, it’s spelled The Stig, referred to as Legend of Legends, Conqueror of Worlds, Hero amongst Heroes. He will charge you if you attempt to remove his helmet. All we know is, he’s called the Stig.
Sweet, sweet memories of a silly car show. Now split into a silly failed version of it prior self with the hosts in a desert tent. And the original now failing to be as good as the original. Never having recovered from parting with it’s original hosts. Sure it’s debatable, but I’d say neither party profited from the split-up. Then again if everything would stay the same would there still be a future?
STIG stands for Security Technical Implementation Guide, in case you were wondering. Abbreviations, acronyms, IT has always had a reputation for overusing them. So many complex technologies brought back to a simple looking and sounding abbreviation or acronym. I have to admit that I’ve certainly helped build the IT over usage reputation over the years. It’s most likely one of the reasons people don’t like us talking IT during parties, we do have our own lingo in that respect.
But boy is Nutanix taking that to the next level. Every grey hair earned in the Service Provider landscape of IT, man of infrastructure origins, do I feel like I’m out of the loop. Nutanix has the habit to use an abbreviation for literally everything. I’ve started keeping a spreadsheet with all of them and I’m already up to 426 entries! Not sure if I will put it to use other than a personal dictionary, but I thought I’d share the experience. So be sure to ask us what something means if we talk abbreviationish.
Circling back to the Stig, our marketing department is running a campaign which they dubbed Test Drive. I can’t help being reminded of the Stig when I see the adds pass by, unsure if that is intentional. The campaign itself promotes the very nice opportunity to play around with the Nutanix Hybrid Cloud Platform. Feel free to book your own Test Drive completely free of charge and commit at our corporate website by clicking on this link.
With regards to this greenhorn getting his reps in, things have been hectic. Our corporate slide decks are very much Enterprise focused. However the mission me and my sales co-worker have embarked on, entails developing the Nutanix proposition within the MSP landscape in the Netherlands. So I resorted into developing my own slide deck. That takes more time and testing then I accounted for, the result being a beautiful looking presentation with a not so fluent storyline yet and a worse delivery by the author. Luckily it was an internal session, which was recorded. Re-watching the recording was an awful experience. I left the experience feeling pretty roughed-up and still do actually. Feedback was great though and both presentation storyline and the host are getting some polish. It wasn’t all bad news either as we as a team closed our very first deal.
Another thing which happened is that new hire training, obviously internally abbreviated as NHT, came through. In a virtual format, invitation on Friday, start on Monday coming through kind of way. It certainly didn’t help with the time schedule as outlined before, but as they say; don’t have an excuse, have a plan. New hire training itself is a region wide get together of all new employees. Normally this is done in the regional headquarters over the period of a week where the senior management of Nutanix engages and challenges the group. Both from an information transfer perspective but also very much to instill the Nutanix culture with us all.
For obvious reasons this has now been turned into a digital only event, where we have three to four half day sessions over the course of a month for a total of ten sessions. The first sessions were both insightful and enjoyable, I’m certainly looking forward to the next session tomorrow.
Next installment in this blog series is going to be a bit further down the line and will most likely be the one to conclude this Greenhorn series.
Take it easy, or as the Italians say; piano, calma!,
Continue reading the next and final installment in this series titled Greenhorn Docked!