The price of Independence

This morning I read a very nice article by Federica Monsone (A3 Communication, UK) on Product Reviews by Independent writers. In her article she gives the vendors some tips on how to let go control and how to be well prepared with the right expectations. My immediate reaction, as I tweeted it when it came out of my mind, was; Be careful with the ‘independent’ label as it is quite often misused for payola jobs. Now some people may laugh at that becasue I am one of those people that puts ‘independent technical marketer’ in their job title. I am

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The Big Hearts Community

I truly love it when people go above and beyond their paycheck to support people in need. A good recent example is where Duncan Epping went teaching in an orphanage in Vietnam as part of the Team4Tech program. I added all the links to his blog series about it at the bottom of this page. This time I really want to give a big shout-out to arguably one of the biggest hearts in our technical community. Nick Howell, aka DatacenterDude, has saved his hair for a year to have it shaved off as part of the St-Baldricks project. Please watch

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Book of the Month – The Back of the Napkin

The introduction to “book of the month” series was too long so I gave it a dedicated blogpost earlier this week. The Back of the Napkin This book suggestion came to me through a former colleague at Veeam, Ben Milligan (Director Veeam Cust Support NA). On a flight home from Saint-Petersburg Russia we were discussing how we explain things to colleagues and friends. Both of us truly like to explain through drawing on paper, whiteboard, … whatever is available.  Sidenote: I remember myself on a VMworld ‘testing’ the walls and doors of the brand new Veeam booth for whiteboard capabilities. That

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Tech Trailblazers Awards – early bird signup now!

Early july I get this phone call: “hey Hans, seems you are independent again. Would you like to come on our TechTrailblazers judge panel?” – HELL YEAH! Have you seen who’s in the panel? Have you seen the previous winners & runner-ups? I can’t wait to get the insights in young startups I might not have seen for myself. So what is the TECH TRAILBLAZERS Award? It’s global – Entries are welcomed from around the world, from Hawaii to Istanbul, from Finland to Australia. Innovation lives everywhere, and we’d like to hear about and reward the finest. It’s focused on enterprise

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Vendor Acquisitions and Partnerships

Sometimes you just lose it these days. Who’s who and why or when. So I made, actually for myself, a diagram of vendors that come across my path. For starters, I hope it is at least a correct diagram and second I would like to keep it up to date when new info arrives. So feel free If you miss some important alliances to fill them up. Who’s Next? Offcourse It immediatly raises some questions. One of the most important questions (in this diagram) now is who is going to buy CITRIX? Is it going to be Oracle as it

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Finally My First Blog

It’s about time I got my own blog. For a few years now I’m working as a Sytem Engineer in the SmallBusiness area of Microsoft. This includes offcourse SmallBusinessServer W2K3 but also Symantec BackupExec and Endpoint Protection, VMware Infrastrucure, Citrix Presentation Server, mailflow, networking infrastructures, etc. At this time I’m already 3 months working in a bigger ICT environment (+100 engineers) for the InternalICT department. This adds items as Altiris Deployment Server, HP SIM, Microsoft System Configuration Manager, Exchange 2007, and so on to the agenda. So after beating your head thousands of times searching for some solutions, you want

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