There’s no easy way to say this—I’m leaving EMC.
There will be plenty of time to talk later on about where my journey continues. For now, let me say that I’m staying in the industry; will continue to be involved with a mix of technology, innovation and social media; and that I am not going to a competitor of EMC.
I want to thank EMC for all of the opportunities that I’ve had over the past ten years. I’ve worked with and learned from thousands of passionate and intelligent people on countless projects. The teams that I worked on made EMC more than just a job. A few highlights as I look back:
- The EMC Support Matrix (and online version, E-Lab Navigator) was a project with a global team that touched almost every corner of the company
- EMC Select – working with numerous EMC groups, with partners and with customers, this very small team functioned like an internal start-up which yielded some fantastic financial results
- EMC Innovation Conference – the first one in 2007 opened my eyes to the world of social media thanks to Chuck Hollis‘ presentation; 2008 pulled me into the innovation world even more as part of the selection committee; and the 2009 conference is one of the high points of my career – another global, agile, passionate team doing anything it takes to put on an event that has turned me and many others into innovation ambassadors
When I started at EMC, there was no Facebook, no Twitter, not even LinkedIn (there was 1 blogger, but it was many years later before I was even reading blogs). In my operational role in the company, I always tried to look at processes and tools that could help improve efficiencies. The two things which can not be replaced are relationships and organizational knowledge that are built up over time. When I got involved in social media, I networked with many Connectors inside and outside EMC. This exponentially amplified the number of relationships that I had and the knowledge that I could tap into from many sources.
While there are so many people at EMC that I’ll miss interacting with on a daily basis, I hope that I’ll keep in touch with many of them. Making a change is hard, and I want to thank everyone for the encouragement and support that I’ve received over the years. I hope that through my discussions on social media internally, I’ve helped to replace myself on the EMC Blogging Corp. The wave is here and I’ve been humbled to be able to ride some of it with Len, Jamie, Polly, Chad, Chuck, Barry, Mark, Gina, Dave, Dave, Steve and the other bloggers (including the ever-growing vSpecialist guys who have an unbeatable mix of technology and communication skills). Please stay in touch – you know where to find me.
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