Authored by Rebekah Harvey, WW Product Management Team HP Certification and Learning
So, I almost titled this blog “These boots were made for walkin’” but decided you all didn’t need a mental image of thigh-high go-go boots as my final send-off to HP DISCOVER—although with the multiple “Elvi” (thanks @matthewnorwood for THAT little nugget) and Marilyn Monroe’s running around, I guess go-go boots are not too far off the mark—it is Vegas after all! But back to my point…(I did have one when I started this)
Now I remember…
HP DISCOVER has been an amazing week for me and I hope for a lot of other people as well. I’ve met some of the smartest, most creative people this week. On the DISCOVER ZONE floor, I met a lot of people who are passionate about HP and our products and a few people who are ambivalent about our products. I met people who know a lot about the ExpertONE program and who hold multiple certifications and I met people who had never heard of the program. It was a pleasure to meet them all. The vast majority of my conversations focused on how we (being the ExpertONE program team) can improve on what we’re doing, how we can continue to innovate, and how we can market ourselves better both within HP and outside of it. There also was an underpinning theme to many of my conversations with folks this week and that was that there is no slowing this bus down. The speed of technology is forcing all of us to do things better and smarter than we’ve ever done them before. Certification and training are no exception. Converged Infrastructure is a reality. Cloud is a reality and we have to be ready for it—regardless of where we work or who we work for.
After over 50,000 steps on my pedometer (did I mention these boots were made for walkin’?), 20 + formal meetings, and more than 300 “drive-by” conversations, I’ve become more convinced than ever that we are on to something as we implement our plans to address all aspects of the technology expertise lifecycle—knowledge acquisition, skills enhancement, and community development.