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Today's ITUnity Champ:
A member of the IT Pro world since 1998, Bertram has worn a lot of hats: Microsoft system administrator, open source fan, network engineering, IT security buy, VOIP engineer and web developer.
Through it all, he’s been big into writing scripts to automate tasks. Given that background, Bertram’s unsurprisingly a big PowerShell/DevOps advocate. He’s also a staunch community advocate
In addition to his day job, Evansville, Indiana-based Bertram is also a professional tech writer, Pluralsight and Udemy training course author and trainer, Microsoft Cloud/Datacenter Management Most Valuable Professional and self-professed workaholic.
In fact, it was a recent post of Bertram’s on work-life balance that caught my attention:
Dealing with Workaholism and Anxiety
I just emailed Richard Siddaway and informed him I was not going to be attending the PowerShell Summit. The Summit is the conference I love going to every year but this year was different. I love meeting other people, talking tech and when I’ve finally made it up on stage presenting my ideas on how to make our careers better. But this year was not going to happen. Why? Because it was throwing me into a depression and my family was being affected.
You might ask yourself, “Why would a conference talk have such an effect on somebody?” That’s a fair question. If all I had on my plate besides my full-time job was this conference talk, I might have been able to make it happen. After all, I did do my first conference talk at Techmentor in 2015, and it went great. I was nervous beforehand but not the nervous that affected everything else in my life. That’s a different kind of nervous and is one that I wish upon no one. It’s the kind of “nervous” that completely removes your appetite. It’s the nervous that removes your will to do just about anything. That kind of “nervous” is an anxiety disorder and is something I’ve dealt with off and on for nearly my entire life.