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Coho Data at Storage Field Day 6!

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I am pleased to announce that Coho Data is participating in Storage Field Day 6 this Thursday morning 11/6 (from 8-10AM PST). Tech Field Day has special meaning for me, as it harkens back to the beginnings of my involvement in the greater technical influencer community. Leading up to my attendance at my first VMworld (2010), where I first met Stephen, and John Troyer, I started blogging and helped jump start what has become the Tokyo VMware User Group. Shortly following that, in early 2011 I got invited to attend Tech Field Day 5 in Silicon Valley as a delegate. I also attended Tech Field Day 6 in Boston. That was the 1st unofficial “virtualization” focused event which was a lot of fun. I have met many people and made good friends with several individuals from the Tech Field Day community, among others. That experience also helped open up the opportunity to present at VMworld regarding my experience during the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and my 1st technical marketing job at NetApp (and my current position, for that matter).

I owe a lot to Stephen for the opportunity and am very much looking forward to helping Coho to host the delegates for the event later this week. I learned much of what I knew (at the time; before I joined the company) about Coho from the various events that they have done in the past, and I look forward to helping educate more and more influencers on what Coho has to offer with our market-differentiating, high- performance, web-scale storage solutions. I look forward to seeing you there as well!

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vTME Team is Hiring!

Just a quick FYI…

My team within NetApp, affectionately referred to as the vTME team (for virtual Technical Marketing Engineer) is in need of a few good men (or women) to join the ranks. 

A good summary of what this team dones is: develop integrations, reference architectures, etc. linking the best of breed technologies from NetApp and VMware into cohesive solutions that benefits our mutual customers or potential customers. 

Have a look at the job descriptions for each position below, and let me know if you’re interested in throwing your hat in the ring.

#1

As a Technical Marketing Engineer focused on VMware integration you work cross-functionally to create technical content for NetApp products and solutions that are targeted to Customers, Field Tech Teams and Partners. The engineer will work closely with Product Management as well as Product and Solutions Engineering on the company’s current and future strategies related to their specific area of technical expertise. You may also work closely with third-party vendor organizations as required to achieve corporate goals in regards to product integration and best practices.

Essential Functions:
– You will lead projects and be accountable for project deliverables working with cross-functional and business unit teams with limited supervision and occasionally lead inter-department cross functional teams. This may include managing and designing Partner integrations highlighting NetApp technologies.
– Establishing yourself as a Subject Matter Expert in specific technologies across departments solving difficult technical problems without management assistance, and will continue to build your expertise with continued internal and external education. You will identify gaps in product/process and make proactive suggestions for improvement.
– Influence the strategic direction of activities with your Team, Project Stakeholders, Product Management, Partners and Sr Director. This role occasionally interfaces with Technical Directors, other Business Units and industry contacts and thus you will need to build productive relationships and networks.
– Create and present technical presentations to customers and partners, and gather feedback to influence product and solution offerings.
– You will be responsible for developing technical collateral in your focused areas of technical expertise to highlight best practices, including architectural design work, lab testing, and publishing documentation. This includes developing design, deployment and integration guides for products, solutions and reference architectures.
– You will collaborate on strategy with product management to create and review Market and Solutions Requirement documents (MRD & SRD) This includes participating in cross functional teams to develop product and solution roadmaps.

Requirements:
– Ability to communicate in a clear and concise professional manner, tailored to the appropriate audience; including both verbal and written communications.
– Ability to lead and work collaboratively within a business unit team and have strong influencing skills.
– Ability to work on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation and may require collaboration across multiple technical teams. 
– Must be able to manage multiple priorities and complex tasks in a dynamic work environment.
– Ability to build strong working relationships across all levels of the organization, including remote areas. 
– Problem solve difficult technical problems within the scope of the project and occasionally business unit related projects, without management assistance
Responsibility and Interaction:
– Responsibility: 
– The tasks you will be responsible for are often unstructured and the issues addressed are less defined requiring new perspectives and creative approaches.
– You will apply attained experiences and knowledge in solving problems that are complex in scope requiring in-depth evaluation. 
– Demonstrate good judgment in solving problems as well as identifying problems in advance, and proposing solutions.
– Interaction: 
– You must work effectively with Staff to Vice President level employees within the function, across functions and with external parties. 
– Limited supervision and direction is provided. This individual will operate and drive both tactical and strategic results and set priorities with management assistance. 
– The ideal candidate will be a proactive contributor and subject matter expert.
– To be successful, you must demonstrate favorable results through regular leadership and influencing others.
– Often acts as a mentor to junior engineers and assists with integrating new hire engineers into the team.

Education & Experience:

– A minimum of 8 years of experience is required; 9 to 11 years of experience is preferred. 
– A Bachelor of Science or Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science or related technical discipline; or equivalent experience is required
– Demonstrated ability to have successfully completed multiple, complex technical projects
– Demonstrated experience in authoring technical white papers as well as project conceptualization and planning, is preferred
– Demonstrated practical architecture and hands-on experience with a range of VMware products including vCenter, vCloud Suite products, Site Recovery Manager and View. 
– Experience with VDI and end-user computing architectures is preferred
– Demonstrated experience with storage and networking technologies
*Knowledge of NetApp storage technologies and solutions is preferred.
– Public speaking and presentation skills are preferred.
– VCP certification is preferred
– Demonstrated experience in using either Powershell, Java or Perl is a plus.

USA – California – Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)
USA – North Carolina – Research Triangle Park
USA – Texas – Dallas

23624BR

#2

Job Summary:
As a Technical Marketing Engineer focused on VMware integration you work cross-functionally to create technical content for NetApp products and solutions that are targeted to Customers, Field Tech Teams and Partners. The engineer will work closely with Product Management as well as Product and Solutions Engineering on the company’s current and future strategies related to their specific area of technical expertise. You may also work closely with third-party vendor organizations as required to achieve corporate goals in regards to product integration and best practices.

Essential Functions:
– You will be responsible for developing technical collateral in project related technologies to highlight best practices, including contributing to architectural design work, lab testing, and publishing documentation. This includes developing design, deployment and integration guides for products, solutions and reference architectures.
– Builds and demonstrates an in depth understanding of technical capability within projects across NetApp and Partner technologies. Assists other team members with technical issues as needed.
– You will contribute to and occasionally lead projects working with cross-functional and business unit teams with supervision and occasionally lead intra-department cross functional teams. You are accountable for the quality of the tasks. This may include contributing to the design of Partner integrations highlighting NetApp technologies.
– Influence the direction of activities with your Team, Project Stakeholders, Product Management and Partners. You will begin to identify gaps in product/process and make proactive suggestions for improvement.
– Assist in technical presentations to Customers and Partners.
– You will learn and understand technical strategy with product management to review Market and Solutions Requirement documents (MRD & SRD). This includes participating in cross functional teams to develop product and solution roadmaps.

Requirements:
– Strong verbal and written communications skills; including improving presentation skills. Ability to outline and publish professional technical documents on schedule
– Ability to contribute to delivery of training materials and/or other group communications in a clear and professional manner.
– Ability to work collaboratively within a business unit team and learn influencing skills.
– Ability to work on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation. 
– Must be able to manage multiple priorities and tasks in a dynamic work environment.
– Ability to build strong working relationships within the department and across business units with project related tasks.
– Problem solve difficult technical problems within the scope of the project, with technical or management assistance. 
– Ability to learn to lead teams within a business unit.
Responsibility and Interaction:
– Responsibility: 
– The tasks this individual is responsible for are often non-routine and unstructured, requiring creative solutions.
– This individual will apply attained experiences and knowledge in solving routine to moderately complex problems.
– Interaction: 
– This individual must work effectively with Staff to Vice President level employees within the function, and the technical team on assigned projects. There may be communication with employees in other functions as required.
– Management direction is provided to employee on new projects or assignments as well as review of activities and priorities.
– Be a proactive contributor and subject matter expert or lead on team projects.
– Assist with integrating new hire engineers into the team.

Education & Experience:
• A minimum of 5 years of experience is required; 6 to 8 years of experience is preferred. 
• A Bachelor of Science or Masters degree in Electrical Engineering, or Computer Science or related technical discipline; or equivalent experience is required
• Demonstrated ability to have successfully completed multiple, moderately complex technical tasks.
• Project management experience is preferred.
• Knowledge of storage technologies and NetApp solutions is preferred.
• Public speaking and presentation skills are preferred.
• Demonstrated practical architecture or hands-on experience with some of the VMware suite of products including vCenter, vCloud Suite, Site Recovery Manager, and View.
• Demonstrated experience with storage and networking technologies
o Knowledge of NetApp storage technologies and solutions is a plus.
• VCP certification is preferred
• Demonstrated experience in using either Powershell, Java or Perl is a plus.

USA – California – Sunnyvale (Corporate Headquarters)

23522BR

As you can see the first position is flexible as far as location and is more senior-level and has an EUC slant, whereas the second is limited to the Sunnyvale location, but as a mid-level generalist. If you’d like additional information on what exactly it is that we do, or to submit a resume. Give me a shout: christopher.wells@netapp.com

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