Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Matt Thompson and I’ve worked in IT for over 10 years. Having spent several years in a number of different roles including Systems Administrator, Technical Trainer and Design Architect predominantly with a Microsoft bias, it was in 2008 that I decided to branch out and increase my networking knowledge.
At that time, I was working at an ISP with a leaning towards Cisco kit and so dived in to studying for my CCNA which I attained within six months via the two exam CCENT\CCNA route. Two years later, I was aware that I needed to renew my CCNA within 12 months and brokered a deal with my company to move full-time in to a networking role based on the experience I had gathered over the previous two years.
Twelve months of hard studying later (with my 1st Cisco Live trip thrown in to the mix for inspiration), I had restudied for and successfully resat my CCNA to confirm the standard of my foundational knowledge and also gained my CCNP.
Since then, I’ve managed a Network Operations team and done an interesting blend of consultancy and network design.
Always trying to keep busy and relevant in an ever changing IT world.