So I’ve been quite quiet on social media the past month.. I started the new year with a load of things planned for my blog but that all got shelved as something came up which I’ve had to deal with that was really unexpected!
At the beginning of January my team at VMware were given the worst possible news that anyone can get at the start of a new year…. we were being put at risk of redundancy as they were disbanding the whole EMEA Partner Solutions Architect team! It came as quite a bit of a shock to everyone involved as for months we were being told by senior management that the PSA role was going to play a big part in the new Channel model – enabling the partners and helping to drive them to obtaining their Master Services Competencies! It’s why I took up the role, to make a difference in the way the Channel was being run. I think there are quite a number of disgruntled people in the team thinking they’ve been mis-led…. I’m just mostly annoyed that I didn’t get the opportunity to make an impact or prove myself in the role! We were told it was not a performance related reason but a business decision because the whole EMEA team are not revenue-generating (in other words we were the easiest way to drop headcount that wouldn’t impact sales).
Unfortunately with it being the end of financial year at VMware, most of the roles that suit my skill set have been filled and I’ve not been successful in my applications for other roles…. so as of Thursday next week it’s with a heavy heart that I’ll be leaving VMware. =(
I’ve spoken to a number of friends in the vCommunity and also colleagues at VMware to let them know of my predicament, and most of them are surprised at how well I’m taking it (they know it was my dream job)…. if I’m honest I’m more disappointed than angry…. things like this happen all the time in business, you can dwell on it (and get depressed) or just pick yourself up and get on with life and find the next challenge! I’ve always had a positive outlook to life and things happen for a reason. This just probably wasn’t the right time for me at VMware! I know with my knowledge and ability there should be other opportunities that will open up for me. The bunch of vExperts I’ve got to know over the past year or so have been very encouraging – so shout out to those guys (not going to name-check them and inflate their egos, but if you’re reading this – pat yourself on the back!)…. =)
I think I’m more disappointed that I didn’t have enough time to prove myself at VMware…. I had so many ideas on how to make the Channel better but now I’m not going to get a chance to put any of those ideas in motion. I also wanted to drive the VMUG and vExpert advocacies more within the channel as there are far too many who don’t know what VMUG is, or even that there’s a large vCommunity!
So what’s next? Well I’m exploring some opportunities back in Partner-land, and some other opportunities at a few vendors… nothing firm yet, just putting the feelers out! If anyone knows of any opportunities that I might be interested in, then drop me a comment or message via LinkedIn.
So for now VMware, this is not “Goodbye”…. it’s “See you Soon” (we have unfinished business)!!