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vExpert Spotlight: Bill Hill

Blog URL: virtualbill.wordpress.com

Twitter Handle: virtual_bill

Current Employer: Logistics provider based in Portland, OR. 

How did you get into IT?

As a little kid, I knew I loved computers. However, I never really considered computers and technology as something I would want to be involved in when I grew up. I went to college thinking I wanted to be a high school Biology teacher. But, after taking my first Computer Science class, I changed my mind.

One summer, I decided to look for an internship. My internship was at my current employer. I loved it. While my education was centering around Computer Science theory and software development, there was something very appealing about IT. I went straight from college to my current company and never looked back.  

How did you get into working with VMware and becoming a  2011 vExpert?

VMware ESX 2.0 was an important piece in career. Low budget and high expectations meant that we needed to make the most of our investments. Using ESX 2.0 allowed us to create small, purpose built VMs to provide services. Later, I used VMware Server to help stabilize some failing server components. The business saw the value and encourages us to continue using it.

About 3 years ago, I learned that Portland had a VMUG and started participating. About 1.5 years ago, I decided to get really involved in the VMware community: I became Co-leader of Portland VMUG, an active blogger, and presentations to both the VMUG and my university. Finally, I applied for vExpert and got a really nice email from John Troyer!

What would you tell someone who wanted to get a job like yours to do?

  • Always keep learning.
  • Find something in the industry to get excited about.
  • Identify a community around what you are excited about and contribute. 

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