I'm reinvigorating this as a personal blog in light of my accepting a new position. This blog will continue to represent my opinions, thoughts, and insights, and not those of my employer or anyone else.
The past year and a half has been quite eventful, as we sold our (KMA) SharePoint practice to Sentri, a top-notch Microsoft system integrator (2012 East Region Partner of the Year), and I enjoyed working with some very talented and possionate people there.
Sentri's success resulted in suitors, and in early 2013 Polycom, a global leader in voice and video collaboration solution, acquired Sentri. I hadn't planned on being part of a large, public, product company, and departed to take some time to assess my options.
At the end of the day, I decided I needed the following in my next job:
- I wanted to work in professional services
- I wanted to have a leadership role
- I wanted to work in a client-facing capacity
Also, after much research and thinking, I also decided that I wanted to stay focused on collaboration technologies, particularly SharePoint, where I've been focused for the past several years. I concluded that the SharePoint ecosystem still has many years of viability, and is capable of providing career opportunities for some time to come.
I had the pleasure of meeting with many great leaders in top-notch organizations, each of whom provided useful insight to me, and I'm grateful to all of them for sharing their thoughts on their businesses, SharePoint, Microsoft, and the technology and business landscapes in general. I was also fortunate to have the luxury of time to assess the best opportunity for me, without the pressure of having to accept the first opportunity that came my way.
I am pleased to announce that this week I'll be joining McGladrey, a large, global professional services and accounting firm, to direct their SharePoint practice in the Northeast. Given my roots in public accounting, it feels, to a degree, like "coming home" and I am excited to be a part of a professional services organization so passionately committed to providing accounting and consulting services to mid-market clients (where I have focused virtually my whole career).
Sorry about the "all about me" theme of this post, but I've been absent for a while. Expect to see and hear more from me via this blog going forward, and watch this space as I get myself back into the rhythm of writing about themes that matter to Knowledge Workers.
Hopefully, you'll get some value out of the insights I provide. I look forward to continuing the conversation!