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It seems like yesterday that I wrote this post introducing myself as the newest member of the Canadian TechNet team. Over the last 4+ years I’ve had the opportunity of a lifetime travelling across Canada engaging and interacting with the outstanding technical community in Canada and evangelizing the fantastic products and solutions Microsoft produces. From TechNet events, to EnergizeIT, to TechDays, BVL Launch, Heroes Happen Here, with plenty of user group events mixed in for good measure it has been the ride of a lifetime.
It wasn’t an easy decision to leave, it never is, especially when you work with an outstanding team as the one I’ve been a part of at one of the leading companies in the world. Not many people have the opportunity to work for an organization that is truly changing the world. I learned a lot from everyone that I have worked with over these past four years. It has been the experience of a lifetime. But the time has come…
Every so often an opportunity comes up that you just can’t pass up. One of those opportunities has come up and I’ve accepted the role of Senior Microsoft Infrastructure Consultant at CMS Consulting, a leading Microsoft Gold Partner in Toronto. This is an exciting opportunity to get back in the field and get my hands dirty. I’ll be focusing on Microsoft Optimized Desktop and Virtualization solutions. It is a chance to go deep with customers and work with them in their adoption of Microsoft technologies.
My last day is November 12th 2010 but before I go I wanted to say thank you. I truly enjoyed interacting with you and the rest of the Canadian technical audience over the past 4+ years. From sharing your stories, supporting your development and sharing the occasional pint it has been a blast. I will not be dropping off the face of the earth! I will be delivering a session at IT Pro Toronto in May and still be engaged with the technical community in the GTA and across Canada. Virtually you can find me at these spots....
Twitter - http://twitter.com/rbuike
My Blog - http://blog.dortoh.ca and http://www.thelazyadmin.com
Email - rodneyATcmsDOTca
And when you see me in the real world be sure to say hi!
I've said this over and over again. Great job! I'll miss seeing your mug staring at me from the CanitPro page. You are one of the biggest reasons I set out on a path of change.
Those famous little words I heard 3 1/2 years ago at "Influencers Day" 2007 just after "Confessions of a Computer Geek" went online.
"....Oh my God you're just like us...."
It brought to me a sense of familiarity and brotherhood, kinship.
Something many of the lone ItPros, the field techs, that guy/gal holding the fort up with their own two bare hands; often forget.
It's important to remember as an ITPro or Dev you're NOT alone in this world and there are others willing to seek, find and share solutions with you. We're all this together.
Rodney, you made a difference (Along with Rick and Damir and the rest of team and the community) in changing at least one person, if not more.
Pat yourself on the back for you've done well. Let's also not forget the domino effect. The good you have done echoes throughout the country and the world.
From that former "Friday Funny Guy", the "Energized Tech"
Thanks and good luck
"Highway to Powershell"
Sean it has been a pleasure working with you over the years and seeing you go from the Friday Funny Guy to seeing you on stage at TechEd on Channel 9 Live with Jeffery Snover and Don Jones. You are a rock star and you are my friend!
Keep up the great work!
It's been great working with you here at MS and your contributions to the team will be missed. Of course it's not exactly goodbye - I look forward to working with you as one of our key influencers in the Canadian IT pro scene. :)
Best wishes to you and Lisa.
You will be missed Rodney. You have a been a great help to the IT Pro Community accross Canada.
Here's wishing you the very best in your future endeavours over at CMS.
On behalf of all the members of the Calgary IT Pro Community, we want you to know your presence will be missed when the Microsoft events come rolling through town.
That said, we'll follow your progress virtually from afar. You'll always be welcome to drop in for a visit anytime you're in our neck of the woods. There's plenty of that famous western hospitality and we'd love to hear how you made out in the latest ironman triathlon!
YOU ROCK, Rodney!
Dave Fulton - CIC President
We wish you all the best.