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 > firstname.lastname@example.org