As far as my professional career is concerned, here goes… My name is Bas (Sebastiaan actually) van Kaam, I am 36 years of age and part of the IT industry for 16 years now. I started out as a Helpdesk support technician and have been climbing the ladder ever since. I Worked my way up to system engineering and architecting mostly through self-study, attending seminars and webinars which I enjoy doing still. The best way to describe me as a professional, I guess, is as a thoroughbred IT generalist. Although I have been involved in several Citrix (XenApp) related projects in the past, most of my work / hands-on experience comes from Microsoft oriented projects, at least up to late 2012 when I started focusing on the Citrix portfolio more specific, both I am passionate about.
Currently I’m a Senior Management Consultant at Detron, one of the leading SBC & VDI consultancy companies in the Netherlands, and I’m involved in several projects (technical as well as non-technical) throughout the year, ranging from 25 up to 10.000+ users. Next to that I also try to share my thoughts and knowledge in every known way possible. Throughout the year I try to come up with various ways / initiatives to keep our engineers up to date with the latest and greatest with regards to tech developments and related content. Together with our business developers I organize (and present) multiple tech / pizza sessions on an ongoing basis, varying from 5 to 50 attendees, primarily related to virtualization, mobility and storage.
As a technician I’m specialized in designing, building, maintaining, troubleshooting and optimizing SBC & VDI (Citrix, VMware & Microsoft) oriented infrastructures for mid-sized to larger enterprises with a special interest in Hyper convergence, Nutanix in particular, and the EUC space in general. I have been recognized as a Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) for the year 2014/2015 and a Citrix Subject Matter Expert (SME) for my contributions to the Citrix 7.6 exams.
From a (pre) sales perspective I love discussing technology, with (potential) customers as well as peers within the industry, and as such I am particularly interested in any issues that they might be facing and to help or advice them to come to a fitting solution. Translating their functional and/or business needs into a technical solution or service, renewing or upgrading current infrastructures (but only where it makes sense) simplifying overall management tasks as much as possible, technical as well as non-technical, keeping costs (opex and capex) and investments to a minimum, lowering the overall TCO leading to a higher ROI.
I am also a presenter at events like the Dutch Citrix User Group, I have spoken at the first ever 2015 Virtual Expo (all day webinar) as well as multiple Expert to Expert Virtualization conferences, 0r E2EVC in short. I love the community and try to contribute where and whenever I can, through my blog, as a poster on the myCUGC forums, Twitter, Linked-In, presenting and so on…
To give you an idea on my current certification status, this is what I’ve been up to for the past twelve to fourteen years or so:
VMware Certified Associate 6 – Desktop and Mobility, VMware Certified Associate 6 – Data Center Virtualisation, Nutanix Platform Sales Engineer (NPSE), Nutanix Platform Sales Representative (NPSR), Citrix Certified Expert (CCE-V) – Architecting, Assessing and Designing Apps and Desktops, Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA), Citrix Certified Sales Professional 2013 (CCSP), MCSE on Windows Server 2012 Desktop Infrastructure, MCSA on Windows Server 2012, Citrix Certified Sales Professional 2012 (CCSP), Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer for Virtualization (CCEE), Citrix CCA XenServer 6.0, Citrix CCA XenDesktop 5.0, Citrix CCAA XenApp 6.5, Citrix CCA XenApp 5.0 & 6.5, MCITP Enterprise & Server Administrator Server 2008, MCSA on Windows Server 2008, MCSE & MCSA on Windows Server 2003 + Security + Messaging, Multiple MCTS’s & MCP’s, RES Powuserfuse Series 8, CompTIA A+ & I-Net+, PDI Praktijk Diploma Informatica, ITIL V2 & V3, PRINCE2, Cisco CNAP.
I love sports, with a special interest in running, cycling and cross-fit. To keep things interesting I like to set myself challenging goals every now and again, professionally as well as personally. Something at which I succeed (almost) every time ! You could say that I can get a bit carried away sometimes. Well, that’s me in a nutshell.
All thoughts, views, research and stories told are my own, not my employers.
Have a good one!
Bas van Kaam ©