My new gig…

Earlier this month I posted an open letter to my colleagues at Microsoft letting them know that I had resigned from Microsoft Canada. I received many emails asking where I was going, and while not a secret, I didn’t want to publicize it right away.

With only a few days until my official start date (I start June 27, 2011), I’m thrilled to share that I’m joining the VMware Canada team as a Senior Systems Engineer and I’ll be specializing in database virtualization.

This new role is a great match to my previous experience at both Oracle and Microsoft as I get to work with not only the VMware product stack, but also continue to work with both SQL Server and Oracle Database.

Once I have my email and phone setup, I’ll be sure to share them here. In the meantime you can visit my page or connect with me via LinkedIn or Twitter.


Thanks for the memories…

[An open letter to my colleagues at Microsoft]

These are never easy posts to write.  Earlier today I gave my notice and resigned from Microsoft Canada.

Looking back over the past six and a half years I wanted to share some of my fondest memories as I have been very fortunate to work on some great projects with some fantastic people and I will cherish those memories for years to come.

As I think back to the beginning of my time at Microsoft, I want to thank John for taking the chance and hiring an ex-Oracle, ex-Red Hat guy to come and work at Microsoft.  Thanks to Rick and Bruce for those early days, back when there were just the three of us IT Pros, and thanks to Damir for joining the team and helping take on the SQL workload (I had a great time working with you on the SQL launch tour).

I fondly remember my early tours with Bill Hilf and Alec Taylor talking about Linux and Open Source and even managing to get interviewed by Mary-Jo Foley.  As a team DPE has been at the heart of some awesome product launches (SQL, Windows Server, Visual Studio, Exchange, Office, Windows Vista and Windows 7) and I consider myself lucky to have been part of them.  I have been fortunate to have spent lots of time talking to the press both on live TV and in print and I’ve been privileged to be the photographer for both Bill Gates’ and Steve Ballmer’s visits.

DPE truly excels at cross-team collaboration and I saw this in action as we brought TechDays to life and I fondly remember those early Saturday EnergizeIT events we hosted at the MTCC and Congress Centre.  As DPE has grown and changed, I want to thank Mark, John, Dean, Gladstone, and Ryan for the opportunities to work on the IT Pro, Developer, Enthusiast, AMM, and Depth businesses as those experiences will remain with me for a long time.

However, as great as the past six and a half years have been, the time has come for me to move on to my next challenge.  One thing is for certain, this is a small industry and I have no doubt that our paths will cross again. 

Until then, stay in touch.