By Theresa Miller

Thursday nights with Current Status have become my favorite night of the week. Most Thursdays you will find not only myself, you will find Phoummala Schmitt and Melissa Palmer talking tech with a weekly guest. The laid back approach you will find on our show is reminiscent of kicking back with friends over drinks and sharing thoughts about various IT and business related topics.

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We all have different backgrounds in IT which allows us to cover a broad aspect of topics, and backgrounds that cover more than 18 years of experience in the field. Here is little bit more about each of our technical backgrounds.

Theresa Miller is an IT professional that has been working as a technical expert in IT for over 18 years, and has obtained her MBA in IT Management, MCSE and CCA certifications. Her areas of expertise are in the areas of Exchange, Office 365, Active Directory and Citrix XenApp and XenDeskop. She has architected, designed, implemented and led complex projects in all of these areas. She has also done technical writing for Petri, Windows IT Pro and Enow Solutions Blog. Theresa has also been selected to do public speaking for conferences such as BriForum, E2E Virtualization Conference, and has led coordinated tech talks at Citrix Synergy. Theresa’s personal writing can be found at https://24x7itconnection.com/ and you can find her on twitter @24x7itconnect.

Phoummala Schmitt is an IT professional with a broad range of experience that includes Microsoft software, VMware, and Enterprise storage. Phoummala has worked in IT consulting, IT operations even supporting a global messaging, enterprise storage and backup environment supporting employees in more than 30 countries. She holds several certifications, including an MSCA and MCTS in addition to be named vExpert 2014.

Phoummala is also one of the co-leaders of the Central PA VMUG. Some of her favorite platforms and technologies are Microsoft Exchange server, mobile devices, and VMware. You can usually find her tweeting as Exchange Goddess or participating in various podcasts within the IT community. Her personal blog can be found at http://www.exchangegoddess.com, and she can be found on twitter as @exchangegoddess.

Melissa Palmer is a virtualization, converged infrastructure, and OpenStack enthusiast, and Systems Engineer at NetApp. Before NetApp she was an engineer for several very large enterprise VMware environments. She has Bachelor and Master of Engineering degrees focused in Electrical Engineering and Secure Networked Systems Design. She’s a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 and 5.

As a strong advocate for community, Melissa is a VMUG member, contributor to the vBrownBag online community, and has been featured on panel discussions and podcasts for IT architecture and community programs. Melissa is also the Creative Director of the Virtual Design Master program, which focuses on community members who are working towards enterprise architecture and technology certification goals. Her personal blog can be found at http://vmiss.net/ and she can be found on Twitter @vmiss33

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Our Guests

To date we have had a wide variety of guest and our and the locations are anything goes. We have broadcast from living rooms, bedrooms, hotels and even the bathroom. Yes, you read that right, one of our guests couldn’t find a quiet spot in a restaurant they were at so it was done in the bathroom. Here are some of the guests and topic we have covered to date.

  • Tom Hollingsworth – Where is IT headed
  • Emad Younis – Data Protection
  • Paul Robichaux – Office 365 Exchange Online
  • Simon May – Microsoft on Mobility
  • Jennifer Huber and Carl Webster – Education vs. Experience
  • Rawlinson Rivera – Vmware on VVols
  • Stefanie Holland – Organizational Security Breaches and Business considerations
  • Rick Vanover – IT Stories and blunders.  We all make mistakes, but we should learn from them
  • Paul Cunningham – Exchange HA

Wondering where you can catch up on all of the latest information on IT with Current Status? All of our previous and upcoming shows can be found on Petri at http://www.petri.com/current-status  

We are always looking for new ideas, constructive feedback and guests, so feel free to reach out to us on twitter @currentstatus4u and #currentstatus.

We would also like to send a shout out to the gang at Petri for standing up our logo and website for us. Thank you!

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