The Importance of Being Technical

To paraphrase ”The Importance of Being Earnest“ I have made a Euclidean rigid motion on a plane by coming back from management line back to engineering line: my new title at Citrix Systems is Principal Dev Analysis Engineer. In the past before embarking on a blogger’s and writer’s career I wanted to become a Manager (and eventually became the one after being a Team Lead) and even had plans to enroll into one of business schools to get an MBA but now engineering path seems more natural to me at these times.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ -

6 Responses to “The Importance of Being Technical”

  1. SR Says:

    What made you not to go to business school ?:) I am also working in technical side for a decade and i was thinking of joining business school. Now after reading your blog post i am demotivated :)

  2. Dmitry Vostokov Says:

    If you are interested in internals of what made me not to go to business school you should wait for:

    Crash Dump: A Software Engineering Autobiography (ISBN: 978-1906717193)

    Planned for 2015 but could be earlier or later, depends on the course of history :-)


  3. Marc Sherman Says:


    What is the role of “Dev Analysis Engineer”?


  4. Dmitry Vostokov Says:

    Main responsibility is to analyze memory dumps and traces from customer environments and provide recommendations. We also sometimes design and write support tools if we feel an nostalgic urge to do some coding or help support and escalation engineers to get right kind of data for our analysis. Ideally this is a role for a software engineer with low-level programming skills who doesn’t want to code full time anymore and wants to analyze and sometimes read code.

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