Looking back at the past few months, it’s truly amazing how much my life changed in a week. A unique first day… my official first day with the Arctiq team was at the Annual Red Hat Summit and what a ride that was!
When I first heard about Arctiq, I knew it was going to be an interesting opportunity. It was only a few weeks before I met with a couple colleagues and we talked about hot technology trends and how DevOps was so core to driving business transformation. We knew this is where a lot of business is headed and I wanted to have an opportunity to be a part of it. Sure enough, a few weeks later I met up with a few members of the Arctiq team and had a great first discussion. Afterwards, they offered me “my first expedition” which was a project where I developed Ansible Playbooks to completely automate a Cloud based environment and deploy a Python based webserver on a Ubuntu virtual machine. Ansible was new to me so this was an exciting learning opportunity. I started doing some research and learning from other examples available on the wonderful internet and in the end I was able to learn Ansible and accomplish my mission. Next step was to get ready to present my project to the team. They asked to come back to the office a couple days later and I had a good feeling that they would offer me a position at Arctiq. What I did not expect was that I would be on an plane with the entire team Monday morning headed to Boston for Red Hat Summit 2017.
When Monday finally came around, I was a bit nervous but also very excited to be with my new team headed to Boston. I knew being with the team in a different city would allow me to get to know everyone on a personal level. After Day 1, I felt part of the team. Everyone was extremely welcoming, easy-going, and always willing to answer all those “first day questions” you can imagine. This was a perfect example of why I wanted to join a business that has startup culture.