Saturday, May 19, 2018

Making the OFW leap

Over a year ago, a friend invited me to take on a job in Singapore. Whenever I get asked about working overseas, I’d say I’d give it some thought. And almost always, I wouldn’t give it any more than that, knowing that I wouldn’t be able to bear being away from family over extended periods of time.

Fast forward today and I'm doing the OFW bit and all, with my family in tow! God really has this planned for me and my family, and all we needed to do was to take heed and obey!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist

Back in November last year, the Apps Services Partner that I help with Google Apps Support told me that I was required to take the Google Apps for Work Deployment Specialist certification exam. I learned that Google was going to end the certification program and that I had to take the exam January 5, 2016. It turns out that they were simplifying the Partner Credential Program. All good!

So I took a crash review during the holiday break, read through all Google Apps for Work help articles I could get my hands on, and did self-study on Google Apps Administrator Fundamentals and Deployment Essentials.

I thought I could wing it with an hour or two of readings each day. Turns out that I had to read, practice, read some more, and recall deployments I was involved in. It was very humbling because I thought I knew a lot, and that if I made sure I understood different deployment use cases, I'd be fine. Boy, was I wrong. I was pulling at my hair trying to recall concepts and best practices around:
  • Mail delivery architectures
  • Directory Sync and user provisioning from LDAP servers
  • Data migration from Microsoft Exchange, IBM Notes and Domino, and IMAP sources
  • Configuration and support for mobile devices
  • Security features like SSO, SSL, and compliance settings
It took me 84 gruelling minutes to complete the exam, with the proctor stopping the exam a couple of times for camera adjustments. I got too frazzled that I didn't realize I passed the exam because right after I turned it in, the assessing system immediately presented my certificate and badge; and it took a while for that to sink in.

Let me know if your company wants to transition to using Google Apps as your email, collaboration, and productivity solution.

Monday, August 17, 2015

On Planning and Reports

In my previous employment, I didn't have any problems with submitting reports, practically because we used a time management/monitoring tool and the reports sort of generated by themselves. So when submitting daily reports isn't the norm here at the unit, quarterly reports become quite tricky.

I've resorted to referring to Google Calendar as most of the stuff we do are usually scheduled. I've also thought of logging everything on a text file and have pelican publish this to my website.

Meantime, my reading list for the day as I decide on a workflow that will allow multiple teams to work on the university website:
  • http://www.sitepoint.com/one-click-app-deployment-server-side-git-hooks/
  • http://stackoverflow.com/questions/425692/what-is-your-preferred-php-deployment-strategy
  • https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-automate-php-app-deployment-process-using-capistrano-on-ubuntu-13