Don’t it always seem to hit you
Right when you think you can lay back easy?
-- Front Page News, Bill Payne & Lowell George
For the past seven years, I’ve had one of the best jobs somebody in my line of work can have. Those of you who’ve perused the About page know I’ve been a Senior Applications Developer at Microsoft since before the millennium turned, devoted 100% to designing and building SQL Server-based solutions for use in both internal and customer-facing systems. It’s been a wonderfully fun and incredibly educational experience. The members of my team are as creative, dedicated, passionate, and talented a group as I’ve encountered in almost 30 years of work in this business.
If I could only tell you what I feel now It's been so long inside of me
All the years that I've been trying To stay in touch, to stay in line Trying just to be myself, be myself And no one else
It’s not an easy team to leave, and I wouldn’t be, except for an email I got from a gentleman named Greg Winston which said, in a nutshell, “have I got a job for you.” Dialogue ensued, and it turned out he was right. I’m joining his new SQL Server Center of Excellence team as a Technology Architect on June 12.
Front page right through to back page Have I got news for you
This job has so many great aspects that’s it’s tough to list them all. The team’s primary goal is to reduce Critical Situation support incidents for our SQL Server customers. We’ll be attacking this challenge on several fronts; among the position’s exciting aspects are the charter to drive product improvements and the opportunity to develop and deliver training through the Customer IT Fellowship program.
That’s right.. I’m going to be able to help customers directly! And I’m going to get to teach!
Oh, yeah.. And I’ll be able to walk to work.
As an old friend used to say, “it’s sorta kinda perfect.”
Memories are friends that you had
It’s so clear if you need to see
As I said at the outset, my current gig is a great job; the best one I’ve ever had in this line of work (I do occasionally wax nostalgic for my high school job in my best friend’s father’s delicatessen, but that’s another post on another blog (neither of which exist yet)). I would’ve thought that wild horses couldn’t drag me away (get well, Keith Richards), but Greg offered me an opportunity to work with SQL Server in a different way, and on a different level, on a new team that’s building a new business. Not to mention the whole customer-facing, teaching, walking to work thing. I couldn’t let the opportunity pass by.
My current team will prosper and thrive after I move on (remember Pond’s Tenth Law); they are a brilliant bunch building some very exciting tools. I’ll miss the camaraderie and inventiveness we shared.
At the same time, I’m looking forward to building a new team and a new business, and to sharing perhaps a different sort of technical insight with you as a result of my participation in that process.
(I’ll still be cranking code (a lot of it, actually J) for the next month, and if I stumble onto any tidbits of interest, I’ll post them here.)