About me


Ron BertinoMy name is Ron Bertino.

Details of my prior brainwashing

I grew up in Western Australia, and received my degree from the University of Western Australia.

While at University, in 3rd year you had to decide between two majors: Computer Science and Information Technology. Most people chose one major or the other; some students chose to do Computer Science during their 3rd year and then do Information Technology in their 4th.

I banded together with a few other crazy friends of mine and we decided to do both majors during the same year. Boy was that a tough year! Everything overlapped: assignments, exams, and many times even lectures. We thought that saving a year of our lives was worth the risk. Some of us survived the challenge……..fortunately I was one of them.

Since I now had one extra year of study up my sleeve, and considering that I’ve always enjoyed teaching people, I decided to still do a 4th year of university, so I signed up to do a post-graduate diploma in education (DipEd) at Edith Cowan University in Western Australia.

I met my wife in my second year of University (my wife was in her first year), we became best friends and then got married after we both graduated. Hey, I have no time to waste!

Off to the real world

My first job was at a college teaching computing and maths. After teaching for 2 years I realized that teaching in high school is 70% management and 30% teaching. It was time to move onto something else.

I was active in the forums of the Internet Service Provider (iiNet) always trying to help people out. Due to this, iiNet approached me and offered me a job which was a blend of software engineering work (ecommerce site development) and assisting with their helpdesk. I decided to take it on and leave my whips behind.

After a while I realized that there weren’t that many good job opportunities for growth in Perth, so I decided to move over to Sydney in 1994. I worked at another internet service provider (TPG), starting off doing further software engineering, but this is where I started to get into systems engineering as well. It didn’t take long for me to get a bit bored with the software engineering work and very interested in the systems engineering side.

I then made the official flip to systems engineering and worked my way through the ranks at a company called Sysygy Computer Networks. By the 3rd year I had been promoted to engineering manager, and I remained in that role for another 2 years, before deciding to move on.

In 2002 I joined a company called Professional Advantage as a senior systems engineer. I was then promoted to Engineering Manager, and then moved onto a Solutions Architect role.

During my stay at Professional Advantage, we became the most highly qualified Microsoft Gold Partner in Australia, winning the “Microsoft advanced infrastructure partner of the year award” in 2004, and the “Microsoft platform solution of the year award” in 2005, from solutions which I designed. The big deal about those two Microsoft awards is that we were up against every single IT integrator and solution provider in all of Asia-Pacific. So you can imagine that many of the “big dogs” were not happy at all…. (insert Dr Evil laugh here)

In September of 2007, I decided to leave Australia (after being there since I was 5 years old) and move on over to California, USA. I spent my first 4 years in the USA working for Dell as a Microsoft Consulting Practice Lead. In November of 2011 I left Dell behind and moved over to Hitachi Data Systems, which is where I current work as a Microsoft Solutions Architect.

Places where you can stalk me online

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Robert Bertino September 30, 2007 at 6:59 am

Hey Ron, its me Robert! I did some recon on the internet and found your web blog! Yup. Just came to say hi.



Marko November 1, 2007 at 11:14 am

Hi Ron,

Thought I’d send you an email but then came over to your blog and realised that I can say hello… HELLO!
(with an evil smerk)
How’s the Solution Architect role? Ready to come back to Australia?


Ahmad August 9, 2008 at 8:09 am

Hi Ron,

I’m a 48-year-old freelance writer in Kelantan, Malaysia. Had stumbled onto your site while doing research about DriveImage XML. It’s for my own use AND as material to write about later (I write tech-related articles, book reviews etc – whatever editors would pay for).

Like you, I was also a teacher once (12 years). Then became a fulltime journalist for a few years. Been freelancing since 2000; after a one-year contract stint with a software-development company as a technical writer.

And like you, too, I had married at an early age (This marriage is in deep trouble right now; but never mind).

Anyway, just writing to tell you how great your site is. I’ve bookmarked it and will be coming again to read some of the stuff in your archives especially.


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