Ami is one of the people on my shortlist for information about Microsoft infrastructure management tips, news, and advise. One of many people I’ve only followed online, but haven’t met in person yet. Being a father of three daughters, I’ve always tried to find examples for them when it comes to charting a career path, and I’m happy to say that the list of impressive women in IT has continued to grow. Unlike some career paths, technology is one in which you can’t flub your way ahead very long. Sooner or later, skills become apparent and you either progress or find something else to earn a living.
Forbes posted a list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women in Tech 2016“, but in my opinion, the women who set the most valuable example are those in the trenches of IT. They’re the ones who have proven they can handle the challenges that the majority of IT workers in general contend with every day. They’re people that we can relate to (even if they often make us feel we need to catch up on our studying, ummm). You’ll want to add Ami to your list of people to follow (online of course) when it comes to streamlining and automating your Windows environment as well. Anyhow, let’s go…
Name: Ami Casto
Job Title: Technical Evangelist
Home town: Chicago
1. Describe what you do for a living – to someone who has no idea what it means.
I get to travel the world and tell people don’t worry be happy 🙂
2. What aspect or area of technology are you most excited about?
3. What gives you the most satisfaction today?
4. Name the 3 most inspiring people in your life or career?
5. What 3 books, movies, or other works, have influence or inspired you the most?
6. What new or promising technology do you see that can’t get here soon enough?
Intel’s Optane tech – it’s just now arriving and it needs to saturate, like NOW!
7. If you could magically introduce modern technology and supporting infrastructure to one place on Earth that currently doesn’t have it, would you? And if so, where?
Yes – Rural Appalachia.
8. Do you think the general process of deploying operating systems and software will ever become so automated or simple that the need for customization will become extremely rare? If so, how soon?
Yep. It’s already happening now, but I’m guessing it will be the absolute norm within the next 10 years.
9. There’s never enough …
10. There’s way too much …
11. What are your thoughts about the roles of women in technology today? And does the discussion topic bring up hope or dread when you hear it?
I’m all for Women in Tech. I don’t want to force anybody into tech that doesn’t want to be there, regardless of gender. I don’t dread the topic, I just expect I won’t make any friends when I stand up for myself and other women.
12. In the future do you see major tech vendors divesting more, or less, of their customer-facing services to partners? Will it vary by service type? How and why?
Yeah, it’s all about partnerships/relationships. If you want buy-in from the market, you need bring both the goods and the community that goes with it.
13. How do you feel about the importance of college degrees, and certifications as it pertains to IT careers? Do those credentials mean as much, or more, than they use to?
College degrees are a great way to show your dedication to learning, they should not be the de facto standard to measuring a person’s suitability for a role. We all know tech changes so fast that it’s kind of pointless to major in “computers”. Get a business degree and learn to write and speak well. Minor in tech, get certifications, and get involved in the community. And don’t ever look down on yourself because you don’t have a degree. If you have real-world hands on experience and you can prove what you know, I’ll pick you over some stinky degree candidate any day of the week.
14. Will most people still be using desktop computers in 2022? Why or why not?
Yes, but they will get smaller and smaller. There are still a lot of things that smart phones can’t do, like drive a giant display and still have 4 days standby time on the battery.
15. If you could transport yourself back to ancient times, like say the 1100’s AD, somewhere in Europe, and you brought along a Surface Book (with a full battery charge), and you turned it on and used it in a room full of town locals, what do you think would happen?
LOL. There would be some jousting I’m sure. While humans were (and at times still are) controlled by superstition and fear, let’s not forget how curious we are.