Google Apps Certified Deployment Specialist

Posted on Mon 04 January 2016 in Tech • Tagged with Google Apps, CertificationLeave a comment

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.


On Planning and Reports

Posted on Mon 17 August 2015 in Productivity • Tagged with Xavier University, Planning, PelicanLeave a comment

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:


Moving Forward

Posted on Thu 30 April 2015 in Aside • Tagged with Systems Administration, SLMIS, PersonalLeave a comment

In a month's time, I would be transferring offices again. I started from a very technical department, under the administration cluster. A year and about 3 months later, I was given the privilege to transfer to one of the most influential and authoritative departments in the academic cluster. It was still a split engagement, with me going back and forth these two offices.

And for almost 2 years, I improved processes, handled, battled, and took care of hundreds of scenarios, cases, and situations that seem to always come with the university seasons. I became cognizant of academic procedures and with this knowledge came the understanding of many realities that I vowed to try to fix, given the chance, and if I can.

I will miss being up to my neck deep in operations and in SLMIS. But I think I will miss more being in the company of great people who, inspite of erecting a facade of sternness in all their dealings, turned out to be really cool and happy persons. I will always have their friendship and can always count on them even if I would no longer spend most of the day with them.

Movement is good. But moving forward is always better because you can always look back and see everything you've done. :D