It is with a heavy heart that I announce that today is my last day at EMC. Instead of talking about what is next for me I thought it would be appropriate for me to reflect and take some time to thank VCE/EMC for everything that they have done for me in the past 2.5 years. It has been an amazing ride after all.
Wow, where do I start? In 2.5 years we’ve been busy. Life/career changing for me. I was a leader of several large cloud engagements, achieved VCDX-Cloud, made Principal SA at EMC, spoke at my first 2 VMworlds, and recorded my first training course. I filled a passport, had a huge health scare, lost 60 pounds, and went back to school. All of this happened not just because of me but because of EMC and the people that work there. I owe a lot of “thank you’s” to a lot of people for my success… I’ll do my best to cover them in no particular order below.
I owe a huge thanks to Tim Gleed. Tim got me my first interview at VCE and after starting provided invaluable mentoring and leadership to me. Beyond that he has become someone I consider to be one of my closest mates (see, I even use British words now) that will surely extend beyond my employment at EMC. If I could say one thing about Tim it’s that you won’t find anyone on the planet that is as passionate and hard working as he is. I’m used to out-working everyone, but Tim can’t be out-worked. His passion, determination, and ability to function without sleep are unmatched! I’m going to miss working with you dude! Keep up the epicness, your team is lucky to have you!
The next thank you goes to my line manager for the duration of this stint at EMC, Steve Anderson. What can I say – Steve is the best manager I have had in my career. Funnily enough, he wasn’t meant to be my manager when I signed my offer to join VCE, but due to a restructure that happened between the time I signed my offer and the time I started, Steve was my boss man. I literally spoke with him for the first time on my first day at VCE. At first I was unhappy about it but it didn’t take long for him to change my perspective and realize just how lucky I was. Steve gave me all of the tools I needed to grow and be successful at EMC. He would go to war for any one of his guys, which is why we all love working for him. He’s a great man that I have a tremendous amount of respect for. Steve, thank you for being my leader at EMC – I hope that our paths cross again someday!
To James Kennedy and his entire team in our Cork and Raleigh Cloud Development COE. James leads a team of unbelievably talented developers that make all of the magic happen in the field. Simply put, they save our butts and make us look good J. James himself is an amazing talent – possibly one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. I jokingly call him the Cloud Doctor, as he has a PhD in software development. I think I learned more technically from James and members of his team than anyone while at EMC. Thank you for that knowledge – it was an absolute pleasure working with you guys.
To the rest of our senior leadership team (Rick, Bill, Charlie, Ed) – Thank you for your leadership. The success of our team at EMC is no question because of the solid leaders we have at the top.
To my team… Simply put, the EMC Global Cloud Services team is the most talented team I have ever had the opportunity to work with. Probably one of the most enabled and talented technical teams inside of EMC, maybe even in the industry. There are some seriously smart people in this group. We’ve done some amazing things at VCE and now EMC, there’s a lot to be proud of here. THANK YOU for being awesome at what you do. I will miss all of you and hope our paths cross again!
To the customers I have had the opportunity to work with – THANK YOU. I have had the opportunity to lead projects for some of the biggest and most influential EMC customers across multiple industries. Together we accomplished many things that haven’t been done before. Thank you for that opportunity and rewarding experience!
Just to EMC in general – thanks for being a great place to work.
I’m sorry this was so long. This post was hard for me to write. It is tough to say goodbye to so many great people and such a great company, and it’s important to me that everyone I’ve worked with know how appreciative I am to have been a part of something awesome. When most people leave a job it’s because they are unhappy there – because something in the formula is broken – but in my case I’m leaving something that isn’t broken, which is hard to do. I’m leaving EMC because an unexpected career opportunity has been put in my path, one that I can’t look away from. Luckily, where I’m going I will still be part of the “EMC Extended Family,” and I may get a chance to run into my (now former) team again. More to come on that next week after I’m settled in. Until then… I’m signing off!