puget labs lead
THEN: - before Puget Systems -
I've been involved with Puget Systems since pretty early on so there really isn't much of a "before" Puget Systems. In fact, I started working for Puget Systems in a part time role while I was still in high school back in 2002. So besides a few small part time jobs, there really isn't much of a "before Puget" work story to tell.
NOW: - here at Puget Systems -
I have been with Puget Systems almost from the beginning and originally spent the majority of my time in the various subsets of production. From building the machines, installation and testing, QC, shipping, and even repair; in some form or another I was heavily involved in each and often helped form the initial guidelines for those departments. Since 2011, however, I have been heading up Puget Labs which is our research and design section of the company. Currently, this task mostly consists of researching, testing, and developing benchmarking procedures for individual software packages to ensure that we are recommending and selling exactly the right hardware components to our customers - although there are a lot of random projects to keep things interesting as well!
Internal & External Education
Part of my role in Labs is internal and external education. Internally that means giving training and otherwise providing resources for our employees to ensure that they understand the software packages we are targeting and what hardware works best for those applications. Externally, this education is primarily in the form of writing various hardware articles to show the exact, real-world performance difference between different hardware and to help explain why we are selling the hardware we are. It also includes a number of public talks at local user groups, tradeshows, or online via webinars. Some of the more recent talks I have given are:
- May 25, 2016 - Desktop Engineering Webcast - How to choose the best hardware for your SOLIDWORKS workstation
- June 2, 2016 - Seattle Premiere Pro User Group - How to choose the best hardware for your Premiere Pro & After Effects workstation
- November 20, 2016 - NAB Show Thought Gallery Webinar - Choosing the right hardware for your Premiere Pro workstation
- December 15, 2016 - Seattle After Effects User Group - After Effects workstations - what actually matters?
- April 26, 2017 - NAB 2017 Post|Production Campus - Premiere Pro Workstations - what you need to know
- May 17th, 2017 - Seattle After Effects User Group - Moving from Mac to PC