Bill Hunter transitions from Gone Fishing to TBHE Consulting LLC

I've known Bill Hunter since his days at AT&T, then Disney, then Amazon. We would keep in touch socially and most of time stay away from company talk especially when he worked for Amazon. In 2016, Bill left AWS after 5 years and he changed his LinkedIn profile to Chief Fisherman and "gone fishing."

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Today Bill updated his LinkedIn profile to Consultant/Owner, "TBHE Consulting LLC." Bill and I are both in the Seattle area and we chat about the industry much more often now that he isn't traveling the world for whatever he was doing at AWS.

Know many of you have been asking what Bill is going to do when he left AWS. Now you can contact him on LinkedIn.

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Bill Gates shares one of the most important parts to drive change - Trust

Bill Gates writes about a recent trip he made to Tanzania to stop a terrible disease. https://www.gatesnotes.com/Health/Mass-Drug-Administration-in-Tanzania

“Lymphatic filariasis is one of the worst of these diseases. It’s caused by a parasite that’s spread by mosquitoes, and in the severest cases people may develop swollen limbs, a thickening of the skin known as elephantiasis, or other severe disfigurements. Beyond the pain and disabilities they experience, people affected by the disease are often ostracized by their communities and are unable to work, sinking them deeper into poverty.

To combat lymphatic filariasis, health officials could test everyone and then treat only those people who are infected. But testing the population for these diseases would be expensive and slow. The medicines used for treatment (ivermectin and albendazole), however, are inexpensive and have no side effects, making mass treatment a more effective approach to protect people from the disease. (And thanks to thegenerosity of the many pharmaceutical companies, billions of doses of these and other medicines combating neglected tropical diseases are being donated for free.)”

 

At the end of the blog post Bill shares the secret to success. 

”Walking from door to door in the village with the health workers, I was struck that perhaps the most important element of the program is trust. Taking the medicine is strictly voluntary, making it important that the health workers distributing it earn the confidence of the community.  The health workers I met certainly had. They were knowledgeable, passionate about their work, and clearly cared about the community they were serving.” 

For so many of the systems I have worked on I focus on the “trust.”   As trust increases everything works better. Without trust everything gets harder.

Britain sabotaged its Computing Industry being male chauvinists

The Imitation Game highlights the British efforts by Alan Turing to break the Enigma code. I like this picture from the movie because it kind of looks like a data center

Movie makers are smart enough to show a women in the movie to make it more interesting and diverse to the audience.  Who wants to watch a bunch of guys build a computer?

Hidden Figures went even better to show mostly women working as computers.

Did you know that one of the contributing factors in the decline of British computer technology was efforts to give preference to men to be computer programmers and operators?

In Programmed Inequality, Marie Hicks explores the story of labor feminization and gendered technocracy that undercut British efforts to computerize. That failure sprang from the government’s systematic neglect of its largest trained technical workforce simply because they were women. Women were a hidden engine of growth in high technology from World War II to the 1960s. As computing experienced a gender flip, becoming male-identified in the 1960s and 1970s, labor problems grew into structural ones and gender discrimination caused the nation’s largest computer user—the civil service and sprawling public sector—to make decisions that were disastrous for the British computer industry and the nation as a whole.
— https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/programmed-inequality

This male chauvinism was government sponsored.

Hicks traces the role of women in computing in the UK from the 1940s to the 1980s. During those years, women were marginalised within the industry as computing moved from being considered low-paid, unskilled and therefore “women’s work” to higher paid, skilled “men’s work”.


This categorisation was created and perpetuated by the UK’s largest employer, the civil service, which wanted to preserve the societal status quo (men as the main breadwinners, women as homemakers) and power in the hands of an elite few (white, middle-aged men) even at the expense of economic progress.
— http://www.thenational.ae/business/the-life/book-review-britains-code-breaking-women-overlooked
 Is that "Steve" on the book’s cover?   No. That’s Cathy Gillespie. She started her operating career at the UK government’s Post Office computing centre, after quitting secretarial college because of the dead-end nature of the work. She had to swear she wouldn’t have children in the near future to clinch the job.   What happened after that?  After two years, Ms Gillespie moved to IBM, which is where this publicity shot was taken in 1970. As the author writes, the way the photo is staged, "Gillespie sits in a seeming passive role … in a way similar to a secretary at a keyboard". By contrast, photos of men show them "striding around with a sense of gravitas that seemed to heighten their importance".

Is that "Steve" on the book’s cover? 

No. That’s Cathy Gillespie. She started her operating career at the UK government’s Post Office computing centre, after quitting secretarial college because of the dead-end nature of the work. She had to swear she wouldn’t have children in the near future to clinch the job. 

What happened after that?

After two years, Ms Gillespie moved to IBM, which is where this publicity shot was taken in 1970. As the author writes, the way the photo is staged, "Gillespie sits in a seeming passive role … in a way similar to a secretary at a keyboard". By contrast, photos of men show them "striding around with a sense of gravitas that seemed to heighten their importance".

Michael Siteman has a new gig at Internap - Congratulations

Michael Siteman has a new gig at Internap that he announced on his LinkedIn page. When I checked in with Michael he had over 50 congratulations on LinkedIn. Below is a short description of Internap (INAP) if you aren't familiar with the history.

Founded in 1996 on the principal that there had to be a better way to send information over the Internet, INAP has become a leading technology provider of Internet infrastructure through both Colocation Business and Enterprise Services (including network connectivity, IP, bandwidth, and Managed Hosting), and Cloud Services (including enterprise-grade AgileCLOUD 2.0, Bare-Metal Servers, and SMB iWeb platforms). 

I have known Michael for so long and we regularly chat about so many things that I felt like I needed some help on writing a post. So reaching out to two friends who are active members of 7x24 Exchange President David Schirmacher and Executive Director of Carolina's chapter Robin Aron they came up with some greats works to describe Michael. Strategic, Collaborative, Effective, and Integrity. These four words resonate with my experience and I couldn't come up with better words to describe working with Michael on data center projects.

 

Michael has had a history of gigs at Staubach, JLL, Digital, 7x24 Exchange, and his latest gig is at Internap.

One of the cool hobbies Michael has is collecting guitars. Above are a few of Michael's favorites. Next time you see Michael you can ask about the history of these beauties.

Microsoft hires ex-Digital CTO Jim Smith as GM of Site Selection and Network Acquisition

Jim Smith updated his LinkedIn Profile with this.

General Manager of Site Selection and Network Acquisition
Microsoft
September 2016 – Present (1 month)


CTO, SVP Portfolio Operations
Digital Realty Trust - NYSE:DLR
2004 – 2015 (11 years)San Francisco, CA

There is no other news that I can find on Jim Smith's change. Throwing this up on my blog will let other media friends ping Microsoft to get more information.