Hello (blogging) world


Yes, I've finally taken the leap into the new millenium by starting to blog.  I never thought I would do it because I find most blogs tedious and annoying.  Although there is a tremendous amount of fantastic content at blogs.sun.com, it is frequently watered down by cryptic messages, cutsie photos and "what I did on my summer vacation."

Who am I?

I am a pre-sales systems engineer (variously called "engagement architect", "technical account manager" over the years) in the Sun Federal organization.  In this role, I meet with a variety of US Government and DoD customers to help them determine the best Sun products and service to meet their requirements.  Prior to Sun I worked at Gould/Encore Computer for 11 years as a training instructor and SE working with their proprietary real-time hardware and OS.  Before that, I taught 7th grade science in Ft. Lauderdale FL.  With a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Education, I am living proof that a liberal arts degree can get you somewhere.

Why am I doing this?

I decided to start this effort because as an OS Ambassador within Sun, part of my job is to be an evangelist for the Solaris OS.
Internally I maintain an OS Ambassador web page with a variety of tips, links and FAQs regarding the Solaris OS.  Why not spread this message farther so that our customers, partners, developers will find Solaris as useful as we do.  As a member of the Sun Federal sales team, I am responsible for increasing the revenue from Sun products and services in the US Government.

What will my blog be?

I plan for my blog to consist of useful information related to Solaris, other Sun products and the US Government computing business.  I hope to be able to post information on a weekly basis.  I plan to annotate each entry with a "Why you should care" sentence.  If I can't think of a reason that you should care, I promise to hit the DELETE button.

What will my blog NOT be?

I will NOT post pictures of my cute kids, dog or wife.  I will NOT create posts that send you off somewhere without explaining why you should go there (eg "Check this out...." ).  I will NOT write about "What I did on my summer vacation."

Why should you care?

If you are interested in making yourself and your business more productive with Sun products and services, I hope you will get benefits from my blog.




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Jim Laurent is an Oracle Sales consultant based in Reston, Virginia. He supports US DoD customers as part of the North American Public Sector hardware organization. With over 17 years experience at Sun and Oracle, he specializes in Solaris and server technologies. Prior to Oracle, Jim worked 11 years for Gould Computer Systems (later known as Encore).

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