Wow – Today is my 25th anniversary of continuous employment with IBM !
Having joined the Lotus Software consulting team in 1997 (part of what was IBM Software Group), I never considered I’d stay with one employer for so long – and yet time has flown by.
As a client facing architect / consultant I’ve had many and varied experiences, I’ve travelled over land and sea working with clients to help them take advantage of IBM and Open Source software products and technologies, I’ve created offerings, I’ve worked on inventions and had patents published, I’ve presented at public events, I’ve created technical exams, I’ve contributed to Redbooks – the work has been varied, enjoyable, challenging, rewarding, its said that an Architect knows a little about a lot, and that’s absolutely where I’m at 🙂
I’ve moved around different parts of the IBM business and experienced both pre-sales and post sales consulting roles and one of the most profound observations I have is about the dedication and passion of the IBM team to exceed the client’s expectations – when we do that, we are unbeatable in the marketplace.
Some highlights so far :
- Being part of the Lotus Symphony team.. my 1st invention publication (Office Productivity Suite Transformation Method)
- Public speaking at many Lotusphere and IBM events
- Being part of the MobileFirst Services team when the app business exploded into life due to a new device being launched – called the iPhone.
- Taking IBM Bluemix (now IBM Cloud) to clients when cloud was just becoming mainstream
- Helping banks with PSD2 / Open Banking
- Helping establish the Open Source consulting practice within the IBM Systems business – we are open for business 😉
- Passing many technical exams – earning credentials that helped my personal brand.
- Part of the team connecting IBM UK’s technical community to external professional bodies such as the BCS and IET
- More invention publications (see my public me page)
- Seeing mentees progress their careers and gain success
No other company I’ve come across has so much depth and breadth across the technology spectrum, has had such a profound impact on the world around us and has supported the mantra of continuous learning and continued experiences, which in the end is maybe why its 25 years today.
My passion to learn more, achieve more and mentor others is as strong as it was all those years ago – will be interesting to see what the future brings 🙂