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What Does It Mean to Be a Tech Influencer?

What makes someone a tech influencer? Is it someone in your field, from whom you can learn tips and tricks that help you in your day-to-day? Is it an industry leader, someone who motivates you? Maybe it’s not someone in tech at all, but they inspire curiosity and creativity in your work.

Here at Oracle Dyn, we’re constantly trying to better understand the things that inspire our customers. At the end of the day, it’s important to us that we share a story that resonates with the people we talk to – so it only makes sense that we try to learn about the people they already like to hear from!

We recently asked our DNS and Email customers, “Who are your favorite people to follow online?” We chose a few of our favorite answers below. Check out their sites and learn a little bit more about why our customers think they’re cool! You’ll notice there is no cookie cutter answer. Influence, it seems, can be found in many places.

William Lam
William Lam is a Staff Architect II working within the VMware R&D organization. He primarily focuses on Automation, Integration, and Operation of their Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC). He works closely with various engineering teams within VMware to help provide early feedback on usability, design and architecture. Lastly, through customer interactions and feedback, he continues to help champion their challenges and needs in order to help further improve VMware’s products.

William’s blog focuses on virtualization, as well as providing many tips and tricks for the various products within the VMware portfolio.

Cormac Hogan
Cormac Hogan works in the Office of the CTO in the Storage and Availability Business Unit (SABU) at VMware. He joined VMware back in April 2005, and previously held roles in VMware’s Technical Marketing and Technical Support organizations. He has written a number of storage-related white papers, and has given numerous presentations on storage best practices and vSphere storage features. He is also the co-author of the “Essential Virtual SAN” book published by VMware Press.

Cormac’s blog looks (mostly) at storage in virtualization environments, as well as many of the papers and books he has contributed to on the topic.

Bertrand Piccard
Before becoming an explorer, Bertrand Piccard became a psychiatrist, specializing in hypnotherapy. A pioneer of free flight and ULM in Europe, he showed a passionate interest in the study of human behavior in extreme situations, before getting involved with ballooning. He won the first transatlantic balloon race, before launching the Breitling Orbiter project. As captain of the three attempts, Bertrand succeeded in making the first nonstop, round-the-world balloon flight and, at the same time, setting the record for the longest flight in the history of aviation, both in time and in distance. From now on, the Breitling Orbiter 3 capsule is on display in the main hall at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum in Washington, along with the Apollo 11 capsule and the airplanes flown by the Wright brothers, Charles Lindbergh, and Chuck Yeager.

Bertrand’s site documenting his family’s history of exploration and their current adventure in solar flight boils down to sharing one critical message: everybody could use the same technologies on the ground to halve our world’s energy consumption, save natural resources and improve our quality of life.

Derek Seaman
Derek is VCDX5-DCV #125 (VMware Certified Design Expert, Datacenter Virtualization), three-time VMware vExpert, voted a Top 10 Virtualization blogger, and accomplished IT Systems Architect with extensive experience on a global scale with VMware virtualization and Microsoft enterprise products. He holds numerous certifications, including VMware VCP-DCV 3/4/5, VCAP5-DCD, VCAP5-DCA, and VCDX5-DCV. In various customer-facing roles he’s worked with Fortune 500 companies and large Government (DoD) agencies, delivering solid and secure solutions. He believes in designing systems that are flexible, scalable, and maintainable regardless of their size.

His blog focuses on enterprise IT technologies such as VMware Virtualization, datacenter hardware, and Microsoft enterprise software like Windows Server, as well as other technologies that he uses in his professional life, such as VDI or enterprise storage.

Brian Wilson
He is one of popular music’s most deeply revered figures, the main creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century. He was barely out of his teens when he began to create some of the most beloved records ever… nine consecutive “gold” albums that featured such classics as “Surfer Girl,” “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls”…just to name a handful of the more than two dozen Top 40 hits Brian co-wrote, arranged, produced and performed on with his family band, the Beach Boys.

Brian’s site previews for the reader a legacy of song, from his founding of the Beach Boys in his teens to the continuation of his solo career today.

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Tom Snow
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Tom Snow is a Analyst Relations Specialist at Oracle Dyn Global Business Unit, a pioneer in managed DNS and a leader in cloud-based infrastructure that connects users with digital content and experiences across a global internet.