When “end of an era” doesn’t cover it

This week, I tendered my resignation at IBM, after 10 years and 4 months, to a manager who has been my team leader and friend for the past 3 years. I can honestly say that it was a really hard moment; but also the right moment to make this particular transition.

As I’ve repeatedly written over the past few years – IBM has been a company I always aspired to work for, and once I had the chance, one that I’ve been immensely proud to represent. It’s a company that has endured over a century, and one that I was able to spend time with for a tenth of its existence – it was really the age of both WebSphere and the rise of IBM Software Group, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to have been there.

I have brilliant memories of the past decade. IBM is an amazing company and I will always value the chance to be a part of it, particularly in a wonderful location like the Hursley Lab. The people I’ve worked with, and with whom I’ve formed what I believe will be enduring friendships, have been simply outstanding. There were so many opportunities to do great things, not only in “the day job” but also as a BlueIQ Ambassador and social collaboration advocate, with IBM developer communities, in the universities programme representing IBM at careers fairs and as a guest lecturer in degree programmes, and the schools and community programme as a BlueFusion volunteer and mentor to kids at schools in deprived areas. I’ve also loved the chances to learn from others formally and informally, and to act as a mentor to others.

This will sound like a total paean, but it’s very true that there are amazing talents around IBM. In 7 years in IBM Software Services, and more than 3 years representing the development, strategy and product management teams in the lab back out to the field, I amassed a list of friends and colleagues from across continents, business units, and brands. It’s amazing to think of the broad reach of my network and I can’t help but be grateful for that.

My next steps are still forming; but I’m looking forward to spending more time with Open Source communities, with developers, with new technology, with connected systems and the Internet of Things, and as a speaker and writer. I’m also grateful to a range of friends for their support, particularly in taking over initiatives like eightbar, and in enabling me to remain involved in strands like Eclipse and MQTT.

Thanks for following me, reading my blog, sharing my thoughts, and joining the journey. I hope what comes next will be a continuation of the path I’ve been on; and an exciting next step in developing the direction I’ve been headed in.

17 thoughts on “When “end of an era” doesn’t cover it”

  1. Wishing you all the best as you take the next steps in your journey, and very happy to continue to be a part of your future. Cue the grand music and hope to see you again in person.

  2. Andy,

    I enjoyed working with all those years ago in hursley and its been great to see you develop into a shaper of things; inspirational.
    Good luck on your new adventure and will follow your progress in the social media world.

  3. Wow, missed this one. I wish you the best of luck with whatever you choose to do. Let me know if I can do anything for you.

  4. You will be missed at IBM Andy … all the best for the future … I will keep watching what you are up to Twitter πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks, Clive – and thanks for the opportunities you gave me during the times we worked together. There will be more information soon πŸ™‚

  5. hi Andy, that’s a big step … moving on after 10 years. It’s a great time to be playing / working in the emerging field of networked devices. I’m looking forward to seeing the results of your on-going efforts. Good luck !

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