No – I’m not about to leave IBM but, after nearly four years in IBM Software Services for WebSphere it’s time to hang up my travelling bag and, as in all good resignation speeches, spend some more time with my family. I’ve really enjoyed the chance to work closely with customers on some very interesting projects during that time and in many different countries (let’s see, from the top: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Germany, UK, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and the US). I have also had the opportunity to work with some very talented and knowledgeable IBMers. I can’t really claim to have enjoyed the travelling – one business hotel looks much like another after a while – but for some reason customers insist of the consultant coming to them rather than vice-versa! The real killer though is not knowing where you’re going to be next week or perhaps even tomorrow.
So where am I heading next? Well, I’ve just relocated to a desk in Hursley a whole 5 metres away from where I used to sit four years ago! Things have moved on it that time though and I will now be part of the WebSphere ESB development team. I have to confess that I’m looking forward to getting back in to a routine and even writing some code. With any luck my fitness may even take a turn for the better with the opportunity to cycle to work and run at lunchtime.
When I moved to a services role it was with the intention of gaining a better understanding of how IBM’s clients use our products and it has certainly provided me with that opportunity. I now hope to use that understanding to make those products better. And what about the technical posts on this blog? Well I won’t be revealing any upcoming functionality but still hope to find something useful to say about the products when they make it out in to the wild. And for those on the inside of the wall, I’ll be looking to restart my intranet blogging.