Who are you?
Hi! I’m Bobby, an IT Infrastructure Automation, Software Development and IT Management professional. Personally, my wife Sandra (a brilliant Baker and Cake Decorator) and I have two wonderful little girls. I work in IT in the Software Development and Infrastructure Operations fields. I was born in the Bronx, NY and moved to Canada at a very young age. Growing up in West-Toronto (Etobicoke), I started with computers fairly early. It is when I went to high-school, where I attended Thistletown Collegiate Institute (TCI), that I started hacking around on Linux, back in the 1990’s. I continued to do so later at Seneca College, which I attended for Computer Programming and later at the University of Toronto which I attended for Project Management.
Growing up, I was always enthusiastic about Open Source and Linux, and was lucky enough to be able to turn that child-hood passion into my full-time adult career. I’ve been working professionally in the IT industry for over 15 years, and have had the opportunity to learn from and work with some really fantastic people in the industry. I’ve held senior positions at various reputable companies including RBC Capital Markets LLC. in Toronto as a Senior Automation and Release Management Engineer. Before that, I had an eight-year tenure at VMware, as their Lead Developer, Business Intelligence Solutions, as the Lead Developer for Global Support Services, and as a Developer/Analyst for VMware Global Support Operations. I currently function as the DevOps Manager at Ethoca Ltd. where I get to work on some fairly cool projects and technologies in fields that I am very excited about (DevOps, Automation, quality Software Development and Exploratory Programming).
I have both deep and broad experience in software and infrastructure design, implementation, and testing. I’m also experienced in configuration and release management (CI/CD), infrastructure automation, and compliance management. As a software and infrastructure engineer with a focus on DevOps practices, I typically work with a mix of Linux, Unix and Open Source Software (such as Debian, RedHat, Ruby, Perl, Python, Ansible, Jenkins); along with commercial solutions (such as VMware, Oracle, Redhat, Solaris and Windows Servers). My goals are always to build high-quality systems and services for my customers, clients and the corporations to which I provide my services. I’m eager to leverage the power of automation to increase productivity and am very adamant about adhering to clean, flexible, modular design practices.
Aside from my studies and practical experiences in the IT industry, I’ve also spent a significant amount of time on self-study of various topics of interest, from the question around the existence of God, to the study of human psychology and behaviourisms. Most prominently has been my interest in the study of patterns and the scientific method. My political stance might align most with that of someone, say like Bernie Sanders. My views on life and the way the world works would align most with those of people like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bruce Lee, Martin Luther King or Christopher Hitchens.. and perhaps George Carlin or Stephen Colbert. If you want to know the full list of people who I think are doing or have done great things for humanity and society in general, and such a conversation doesn’t make you feel uncomfortable, reach out and pick my brain some time.
I blog here to share my thoughts and interests from time to time and tend to do the same on Twitter and LinkedIn. I enjoy working with and advocate open source wherever possible and am very passionate and opinionated about business process improvement, personal or group productivity, and critical thinking. I’ve headlined this blog ‘Insights on Technology, Science, Philosophy, and Society. Exploring Patterns, Logic, Reason, Empathy, and The Golden Rule. “Seek first to understand, then to be understood.” – Stephen R. Covey’. This isn’t just a random tag-line. It is very important to me and has been well considered. It relates not only to my interests and areas of concern, but to what I personally believe is important when it comes to interactions between people and how we share information and learn from each-other. This is why DevOps is so important to me, and why it is such a difficult field to master. You can read more about my thoughts on DevOps throughout this site.
Enough about me :) Tell me about you! Who are you? What brought you here? And what are you passionate about? Thanks for visiting!
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