Where the magic happens

If you’re reading this, you either know me through the Melbourne team at OBS / Empired – or we’re industry colleagues via LinkedIn – or the SharePoint community perhaps ?  

Or a past customer ?

Either way, thanks for taking the time to read this – I appreciate it !

You may or may not know, but I’ll be leaving the safe harbour of OBS/Empired – my last day will be December 18th, 2015.

This was a decision that I didn’t take lightly, after 6.5 years – almost 1/3 of my working career – it took me about 3-4 months actually, to finally take the plunge.

I was looking back on the change that’s happened over that period (both personally and professionally) since March 2009 – and I’m kinda amazed actually :

> When I started at OBS in 2009, we had two kids – now three.   All three kids are now at school, and I coach their basketball team.

> When I began at OBS, I was working on SharePoint 2007 projects, and InfoPath/Nintex – and hadn’t done anything (yet) with SharePoint 2010

> The company was less than 100 people when I joined.     We have transitioned from a Nintex-owned SharePoint consulting services organisation, to a publically listed international corporation of ~1,000 people

> I was awarded as an MVP after the work I’d done with the local user group (MSPUG), and SharePoint Saturday’s, (and my blog/s) and attended the MVP at the Microsoft campus in Redmond (2011)

> I have presented sessions at TechEd on the Gold Coast, and SharePoint Conference/s in Australia and New Zealand.

> I attended a SharePoint 2013 training week in Kuala Lumpur

> I have become a cycling fanatic, and ride to work most days, rain or shine.    In 2009, I hadn’t ridden my bike in years – and was unfit & over 90-kgs.   I now cycle 120km a week, race in amateur MTB events, have ridden Mt Buller and Falls Creek (in the same day!), Lake Mountain, Mt Buffalo, Mt.Donna Buang – and ridden + camped on two touring rides.   And I’ve lost 12kgs.   

(This began in 2010 – thanks to a “workplace health check” at OBS.  I had a “scare” approaching the age of 40 – time to get fit & healthy !)

> In 2009, we had no Azure, or Office365 – or “the cloud” – or hadn’t even seen jQuery or AngularJS (they weren’t created !) – and not many people had even heard of FaceBook.

> In the last 6.5 years, I’ve met a LOT of great people – and made a lot of great friends, worked with some amazing colleagues – and worked for some great customers / projects.

So – why leave !??!

Is it simply “time for a change” ?   

That’s one consideration – 6.5 years is a a long time in IT, where the average employment is ~2 years.

But mainly, I’ve been looking at my career path, and what I do – and like to do.    

I’m not the sort of person to be a practice lead/manager – I’ve tried the ‘people management’ side of things, but still enjoy working in ‘delivery’ on technical projects, and problem solving, and creating solutions for customers.   

I not really keen to work in sales – or project management.

I really enjoy doing DEVELOPER work, and there’s a big need for people in the marketplace.   

Hence why, I’m heading off to do my own freelance consulting – with Azure, O365 and SharePoint, and related technologies.

I also have some ideas about a product that will assist my son’s basketball club, and might turn into a bigger offering (pie-in-the-sky at the moment – but ideas !)

Out of the Comfort Zone

I’m sure I’ll face some challenges and pitfalls, and success & (hopefully not many) failures along the way.   

But – I’ve always wondered about “contracting” – and have never done it.

I don’t want to close out my career in 20 years and think “I wish I’d tried that”.  

And so – that’s exactly what I’m doing.


I’ll now be a one-man-show (as of Jan 2016) – under the name of ‘kachihro’.  

There is a reason behind the name – probably best discussed over a 1:1 chat.   

Thanks to EVERYONE who has provided me with great feedback and support, as I embark on this scary mission – your words of encouragement have been invaluable.

What’s next ?

From here – I’ll be flat-chat finishing out project work at Empired – and doing handover to peers – and then have some time with family over the Christmas break.

I will certainly miss the awesome “work family” that I’ve enjoyed over the time – TFBSFA !!

I’m certain I’ll keep in touch with some people – Empired has a great future, and lots of opportunity and growth – but I’ll be growing in a different direction.

Hopefully, I can catch up with you (YOU !) for a coffee, or lunch, or a beer – or all-of-the-above – when the calendar ticks over into January.

If I don’t see you – have a great Christmas – yes, I went there – it’s only 6 weeks away !!

Please email if you’d like to get in touch >   chris@kachihro.com


7 thoughts on “Where the magic happens

  1. Garth November 13, 2015 / 8:32 am

    Such a great read Chis, wishing you all the best!


  2. Andy November 13, 2015 / 9:09 am

    Nice one champ 🙂 Thanks for everything and best of luck.


  3. Debbie November 13, 2015 / 12:30 pm

    One of my most favourite people to have worked with, and we didn’t even work in the same state! Wishing you the best of luck, laughs, happiness and success.


  4. Marc November 13, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Exciting news, Chris! If you need any worthless advice about being an independent, ping me.



  5. gavinbarron November 13, 2015 / 2:20 pm

    Wow! That’s a big change. All the very best of luck with the new venture.


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