About Colin Westwater

You may have noticed the title. What is Gemba? From Wikipedia:

Genba (現場?, also romanized as gemba) is a Japanese term meaning “the real place.” Japanese detectives call the crime scene gemba, and Japanese TV reporters may refer to themselves as reporting from genba. In business, genba refers to the place where value is created; in manufacturing the genba is the factory floor. It can be any “site” such as a construction site, sales floor or where the service provider interacts directly with the customer. In lean manufacturing, the idea of genba is that the problems are visible, and the best improvement ideas will come from going to the genba. The genba walk, much like Management By Walking Around (MBWA), is an activity that takes management to the front lines to look for waste and opportunities to practice genba kaizen, or practical shop floor improvement.

My name is Colin Westwater and I am a Senior Infrastructure Engineer working at a large corporation. I am a VMware vExpert PRO and hold various certifications from VMware and Microsoft.

This blog is focused on all the things that interest me mainly VMware and Microsoft Technologies.

Some of the technology I have experience of:

  • VMware vSphere
  • Microsoft Windows Server
  • Active Directory
  • Cisco CallManager
  • McAfee AV Technologies
  • CommVault
  • Zerto
  • ManageEngine Service Desk Plus and Desktop Central
  • Dell EMC VxBlock 1000
  • Dell EMC PowerFlex
  • HP ProLiant, Dell PowerEdge and Cisco UCS servers
  • Various EMC SANs
  • ServiceNow
  • Microsoft Azure
  • PowerShell
  • HashiCorp Packer and Terraform
  • Git/GitHub

My real passions are VMware first then Microsoft Enterprise applications/technology.

My CV is available on request.

Outside of work I have an amazing wife and daughter who keep me very busy. Like most IT people I live for new technology and I am constantly learning about it. When I am not sitting at a computer I enjoy cooking Barbecue, reading and following Scotland both home and away.