Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ch ch ch changes

Back in February, my former company went through a restructuring and I found myself at a crossroads.   had a couple months to figure out what I was going to do.  Was it time to hang up the technology hat and move on to something else, like retirement.  Did some soul searching with my wife and figured I was not ready to stop playing in this sandbox.  Now it came down to being independent, consulting in the mobile space or working to find another corporate position.  Planned for the former and worked the latter.

As the head of IT for a mid-size enterprise, you get to know a LOT of people in your profession and specially other CIO's and CTO's.  You also have a great network of vendors and consultants that you work with on a regular basis.  These folks become your base for keeping linked to the whole ecosystem.

The independent route looked great.  There are a lot of organizations out there that want to embrace mobility in some way but aren't exactly sure how to go about moving forward.  BYOT, Cloud, and the whole consumerization of IT bring a ton of opportunities to the enterprise that could turn out good or bad based on whether you try to stop it, control it or stick your head in the sand and ignore it.  I have developed a two day workshop to help a business start down the path of linking a mobile strategy to their business strategy and goals.  Several companies I approached were very interested in doing this workshop.

Then along come other possibilities including consulting for large company in a group targeted to strategic use of new technologies.  Talking with the business manager of this brand new group revealed the possibility of a small group of high level experts working with businesses to determine the value and architecture of the new technologies.  This could be a great opportunity.

Another position was CTO for a brand new VC company.  And brand new means they were still in the process of the legal structuring of the company including the whole IP ownship area.  Working with a number of startups and some very smart "kids" would be extremely exciting.  I worked in a software startup a number of years ago and remember the energy that was generated there and how contagious it was.

While pursuing these as well as a couple other positions that looked interesting, there was a hit on my LinkedIn page.  A headhunter contacted me concerning a leadership position here in St Louis.  This role was to drive the workforce mobility effort in a large multinational consumer facing company.   Now this also sounded quite interesting.  A large company ready to embrace all the things that I believe will be game changers for business and IT.  I went in for a couple interviews and felt there was definitely a good fit here for my skills, background and expertise.  The goal was not going to be easy.  With new technologies there are always issues that need to be addressed, parts of the organization that need to be brought on board, and most importantly, real goals, measures, policies and service agreements to be written before any architecture or technology decisions.  The real interesting thing in this particular arena is that you cannot take a long time to make these decisions.  If you do, the technology will have already moved to the next iteration.  Organizations need to be nimble, looking for quick hits that can move their mobility strategy forward

This company sounded like they were ready to do that.

I accepted the position and will be starting early in June.  This is going to be great.  Once I am there and running, I'll tell you more.

9 comments:

  1. This idea is mind blowing. I think everyone should know such information like you have described on this post. Thank you for sharing this explanation.Your final conclusion was good. We are sowing seeds and need to be patiently wait till it blossoms.

    SSAS Training in Chennai

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank You for sharing your article, This is an interesting & informative blog. It is very useful for the developer like me. Kindly keep blogging. Besides that Wisen has established as Best Corporate Training in Chennai .

      Nowadays JavaScript has tons of job opportunities on various vertical industry. Know more about JavaScript Framework Training visit Corporate Training Companies in India.

      This post gives me detailed information about the technology. corporate training companies in india

      Delete
  2. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable information.

    SEO Company in Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  3. This blog explains the details of most popular technological details. This helps to learn about what are all the different method is there. And the working methods all of that are explained here. Informative blog.
    PPC Services Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  4. Superb explanation & it's too clear to understand the concept as well, keep sharing admin with some updated information with right examples.Keep update more posts.

    Best Laser Clinic In Chennai

    Best Implant Clinic In Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  5. Great post!I am actually getting ready to across this information,i am very happy to this commands.Also great blog here with all of the valuable information you have.Well done,its a great knowledge.

    Digital Marketing Company in Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  6. Thank you for taking the time to provide us with your valuable information. We strive to provide our candidates with excellent care.As always, we appreciate you confidence and trust in us.

    SEO Company in India

    ReplyDelete
  7. It's interesting that many of the bloggers your tips helped to clarify a few things for me as well as giving.. very specific nice content. And tell people specific ways to live their lives.Sometimes you just have to yell at people and give them a good shake to get your point across.

    SEO Company in India

    ReplyDelete
  8. Finding the time and actual effort to create a superb article like this is great thing. I’ll learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next post buddy..
    Java Training in Chennai

    ReplyDelete