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This is the home of The IT XP, a show dedicated to the world of Information Technology and the professionals working to drive business initiatives using their technology skills. Whether you are a developer or a systems administrator, if you're using “The Cloud” or hosting on-premises, we’re going to provide you with some nuggets of insight on what happens behind the curtain of an organization’s IT department.

The term Information Technology is an umbrella term covering a wide array of technologies and job functions. You may not be working in a formal IT department, but when we pull back the layers, most in your organization will call you IT; obviously this isn’t a blanket statement, but one that identifies technology professionals outside of true technology firms. Let’s be realistic; even the large tech firms have an IT department. Hell, I bet your mom thinks you just fix computers. Meanwhile, you’re probably writing some of the best code on Github!

Whether you are a helpdesk agent, developer, project manager, cybersec analyst, dba, or any other title that puts you under the umbrella of Information Technology, then this show is for you.

We pull back the curtain and expose some of the inner workings of what it’s like to work in Information Technology.

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This is the home of The IT XP, a show dedicated to the world of Information Technology and the professionals working to drive business initiatives using their technology skills. Whether you are a developer or a systems administrator, if you're using “The Cloud” or hosting on-premises, we’re going to provide you with some nuggets of insight on what happens behind the curtain of an organization’s IT department.

The term Information Technology is an umbrella term covering a wide array of technologies and job functions. You may not be working in a formal IT department, but when we pull back the layers, most in your organization will call you IT; obviously this isn’t a blanket statement, but one that identifies technology professionals outside of true technology firms. Let’s be realistic; even the large tech firms have an IT department. Hell, I bet your mom thinks you just fix computers. Meanwhile, you’re probably writing some of the best code on Github!

Whether you are a helpdesk agent, developer, project manager, cybersec analyst, dba, or any other title that puts you under the umbrella of Information Technology, then this show is for you.

We pull back the curtain and expose some of the inner workings of what it’s like to work in Information Technology.

    Episode 6.4 - Keep on Learning (Season 1Redux)

    Episode 6.4 - Keep on Learning (Season 1Redux)

    We revisit season 1 again to give an update on how to keep learning in this world of constantly evolving technology. Some platforms may be right for you, others not so much. The only constant in technology is change.

    • 37 min
    Episode 6.5 - Conversations with Bob and Mike

    Episode 6.5 - Conversations with Bob and Mike

    I arranged a conversation with two colleagues to gain insight into their humble beginnings. We discuss automation and certifications a bit. The overall theme was to gain an understanding of other thoughts and ideas around this world as Information Technology professionals.

    • 49 min
    Episode 6.3 - Tech career paths revisited (Season 1 Redux)

    Episode 6.3 - Tech career paths revisited (Season 1 Redux)

    We revisit Season 1 episode 1.1. Looking back 5 years on my humble beginnings and the many career paths technology has to offer. Elon Musk started with the Commodore Vic-20, so did I. Look at where he's at and look at me. Everyone's path is different, so don't get discouraged.

    Cloud Resume Challenge: https://forrestbrazeal.com/2020/04/23/the-cloud-resume-challenge/

    • 55 min
    Episode 6.2 - Soft Skills

    Episode 6.2 - Soft Skills

    Soft Skills are one of the keys to success in the IT industry. I present 10 soft skills that can help you in your growth as an IT professional. The beauty of honing your soft skills is that it can apply to many things within your life.

    • 56 min
    Episode 6.1 - Nepotism and its impact

    Episode 6.1 - Nepotism and its impact

    While navigating your IT career, you will come across nepotism. We talk through what nepotism is and how to handle situations such as the Circle of Friends hiring practices C-Suite folks typically do.

    • 34 min
    Episode 6.0 - Welcome Back

    Episode 6.0 - Welcome Back

    Welcome back to our sixth season. We're trying to make this valuable to our listeners. Let's see how this goes.

    • 38 min

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