I’ve had a unique opportunity fall into my lap. I’ve been spending a lot of my time over the past few years solving some of the stranger situations we find out in the field… little nuances that went undetected, that had huge unexpected consequences. …


Once upon a time, XML was the greatest thing since sliced bread. When combined with a schema definition file, the ability to strictly define interfaces between systems opened up a world of possibilities.

Seriously, at the time, this was a big improvement over binary interfaces.
Seriously, at the time, this was a big improvement over binary interfaces.

At the time, my team very much in the camp of “light interfaces”. Put the minimum required…


It’s been a while since I’ve posted last! I apologize for that. I have a semi-legitimate excuse, though: I’ve been billing.

actual photo
actual photo

A part of my current role is that I provide some quantity of billable hours, and that’s where I’ve been for the last eight weeks. This project was a…


You’re working at Bob’s Five and Dime. You’ve got a great job there as a cashier. With five stores in the area, you have a lot of business. And business has been good. One interesting thing about Bob’s… it’s a cash-only business. …


Since we are all VMware Tanzu, our engineers should be familiar with the products our sales folks are selling in the field. If our customers have a target platform of TAS or TKG, we need to know how to architect our system to take the most advantage of that platform…


Ever since I was very young, music has been a part of my life. There has always been music playing in my house, and I was encouraged to take up instruments to learn how to play along.

I started on the drums. Good grief, my parents were patient.
I started on the drums. Good grief, my parents were patient.

Classical musicians have an incredible talent. They are able to see a technically…


Having goals is a great thing. If there are no goals, how do you know where you’re going? And if you have a goal, how do you know you’re making progress towards that goal?

One of the tools we’ve had in our toolbox for a long time is the use…


I recently changed roles with my company: No longer am I a day-to-day consultant, working down the stories in the backlog for a customer, but instead have moved into practice leadership. …

Tom Collings

Practice Lead with VMware. Outdoor enthusiast. Amateur banjo player.

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