I’ve been thinking about this for awhile and actually referenced Maslow in a personal blog about my past life and how I got into IT. It really hit home a couple years ago when our SVP and GM of Security products at VMware, Tom Corn (thanks for the motivation Tom), started talk track around defining good security vs chasing all the bad in the security landscape these days.
I was blown away around the numbers and facts around the average number of security products every enterprise customer has running in their environment. Tom was presenting to one of my customers and he had a slide that really hit home and at least in my brain, it mapped to a lot of similarities around Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
In a nutshell, and without having to read through the wikipedia link above, the hierarchy covers one’s basic needs to survive at the bottom of the pyramid, and as one moves up the ladder, one addresses things above the basic survival needs more towards the self-esteem standpoint. This was something I remembered from my college days and still use as a basic model to determine my own self-worth and making sure I’m doing the right things in my personal and professional life.Continue reading “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs for IT”
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I decided to write something different than most of the blogs I’ve posted in the past. A lot of what I’m going to be talking about has to do with how I got into the IT industry. I decided to write this as a more personal note in hopes of helping those that may be looking to make a move into IT and possibly towards a role at VMware.
This really hit home thanks to some inspiration from one of my friends and former co-workers Keith Townsend. I’m not going into much of the details on my career path, here’s a video session I worked with Keith on to share my story from how I came from the military into the role I’m in now, hoping to summarize some of my background and provide more details on the topic at hand rather than writing all that out here.