Friday, 28 September 2012
New month, new job - leaving Lotus, working with WebSphere
So, after precisely 3.5 years in IBM Software Services for Collaboration (ISSC), focused on portal, web content and collaboration solutions delivered by the IBM Collaboration Solutions ( formerly Lotus ) brand, I've now switched jobs, roles and brands to IBM WebSphere, and start as a consultant within the IBM Software Services for WebSphere (ISSW) team.
From an historical perspective, I'm going back to my roots - when I first joined IBM Software Group in 2000, I spent four years helping Business Partners and Independent Software Vendors port to, and test, their applications on WebSphere Application Server and WebSphere Portal covering a number of different OS platforms, including OS/400, AIX, Linux and Windows.
It wasn't until 2004-5, that I joined the Lotus brand, along with WebSphere Portal, and started to acquire a familiarity, understanding and interest in collaboration software - IBM Workplace, IBM Sametime, IBM QuickPlace ( now Quickr ), IBM Web Content Management etc.
More recently, in 2007, when IBM started to develop it's social software strategy, I acquired experience with, and a passion for, social software such as IBM Connections.
Interestingly, throughout this period, I continued to maintain a proficiency with WebSphere Application Server (WAS), mainly because it formed, and continues to form, a core component of a number of products within the Lotus brand. Of course, this didn't stop me acquiring an interest in other non-WAS-based products such as Lotus Notes / Domino.
So, after ten years focused on WebSphere Portal and eight years in Lotus, I'm returning to my roots.
Obviously, it's early days, but I expect to be focused on a number of new (to me) solution areas, including mobile ( IBM Worklight ), security and integration ( IBM DataPower, IBM Cast Iron etc. ), I'll also continue to focus on application server infrastructure, hopefully including IBM PureSystems and IBM Workload Deployer.
Right out of the gate, I expect to be learning more about the newest member of the WAS family, WebSphere Application Server V8.5, and it's Liberty Profile, starting on Monday 1 October.
During my time in Lotus, I have been privileged to work with the best, most passionate and intelligent people, both inside AND outside IBM, including my peers and colleagues in the UK team, my world-wide colleagues, the IBM Business Partner community and, perhaps most importantly, our customers.
Those who know me, and who have followed my exploits here on the blog and elsewhere, will know that I'll dedicate an equal amount of passion to my new job, brand and team, and will continue to share my acquired knowledge and experience whenever and wherever possible.
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