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Sharing my experience with System Center Configuration Manager and Microsoft.

Journey: So far, so good…

Journey: So far, so good…

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Hi Folks,

This is not a technical post or anything related to ConfigMgr (Sometimes it is better to think or write something different :)). It's about my experience of completing the three professional years at Microsoft and about myself.

July 3, 2011 was the day I landed in Bangalore with my three dear friends and I still remember the pain of leaving home for the first time. The first three months were very emotional and whenever I used to call at home it was very difficult that a tear or two won't shed off :(. Those were the days, I thought whether I made the correct decision to come here. But yes, the training and the new family of the MACH hires with full energy here and my friends at home were a real motivation.

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(As on July 3, 2011 – Left to Right – Sarvesh, Deepesh, Umair)

I met some very good mentors and friends along way who were very supportive and motivating time to time to pump me up when I was low. Back at home, were my Big Bs who used to do this and when I came here I was really missing those chats and advices. One of the very first folks to guide me here was 'Jeevan Bisht'. And I Frankly say he was the guy who made me explore this company when the times were not certain with folks interested in development were of the sentiments to leave the job upfront. The training offered by him was unique that took something from us and was a new thing for him too. He will come to the training with nothing in Mind, will decide there what to learn and we will learn there and present out and have discussions around. Coding in ASP.NET, HTML, SQL or learning PowerShell it was awesome as we were learning ourselves and he too was watching us knowing our potential. He still is a motivating factor to me and we have bets around completing anything. I am yet to give one paper to complete my MCSE for SQL 2012. :| Sorry Bro, would complete it shortly and BTW you won the bet. :)

So that's how the journey began. We had CCT (Cultural and Communication) training too where I realized that it is more difficult to solve the problem on call than to write a code. It was really challenging when I took my first call, knowing the product, but a bit hesitant to talk having the dilemma that the person at the other end is much more knowledgeable than me and can identify the very moment I miss anything :). So that’s how it completed in a 'not so good' manner and I thought it was better to work in development than to work here :) Believe me the kind of skills both in Language and handling a customer that I learned here could not have been possible in so less time anywhere. Though I was inclined to Dev more I found the reverse engineering quite a bit interesting with Dev skills too coming around in chunks.

I was put in the Configuration Manager team (aka SCCM, ConfigMgr) and there I was guided by 'Sudheesh Narayanaswamy' who is still my mentor :) The Protégé classes to learn the product and the depth and approach in the beginning itself opened up the mind and then there was no looking back. As a fresher and a bachelor extending shift and trying the things was something very common then. Folks used to ask whether Office was my home :) Though that holds true still but the works hours after the shift are reduced.

In these three years, I have learned a few lessons that there are no shortcuts to success and you have to work hard being smart. There will be few things that will tend to divert your focus, could be political thesis around but you should not lose focus. In turn get some motivation from them, Coz when anyone thinks about you that itself means you have started to perform to a point where you can catch some attention :) And that's part and parcel of corporate life. Talk to your family and friends and chill around some time coz these would be the times you would miss when you won’t be together always.

I would like to thank my friends Rohit, Sarvesh, Deepesh and my teammates Yuvaraj, Vinayak, Senthil without whom life here would not have been the same. Reading this may seem to you like this is the end but this is just the beginning!

And miles to go before I sleep! And miles to go before I sleep!

~ UK

  • Nice Post dude!! Really well described

  • Keep learning, keep going!

  • i remember our initial discussion and then people like Sudheesh really know how to bring the best in people, so proud of what you have achieved in such short time, many more to come and i am sure you have inspired belief in a lot of people and they will follow you.

  • Thanks for being the motivation!

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