I thought I’d post a few thoughts and get back into the swing of blogging on the occasion of my five year anniversary with EMC Consulting. The last five years have brought a huge amount of change for me both personally and professionally. I joined EMC Consulting two weeks after finding out my wife was pregnant with our first child, and the changes have just kept coming from then on. I had spent the previous ten years working for small organizations and then growing with venture backed start-ups. This new transition in many ways was my graduation into “adulthood”, first time working for a large company supporting well established products. I was very hesitant at first, but haven’t regretted the decision once in the last five years.
In many ways the transition wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be, while EMC is a very large company the organization I joined was only a couple hundred back then. We’ve both grown a lot in the last five years, I went from being a project manager to global CTO for my practice and the organization has gone from a few hundred people to a 2700 person global organization. It’s been exciting and back breaking and fun. While the consulting side has been growing the overall make up of the company has changed dramatically too, more than 50% of our revenue coming from software and services, a real sea change from where we were five years ago. I’ve been lucky enough to watch our product portfolio morph into what I do truly believe is the most comprehensive in the industry for information management, we’ve accomplished much more than I would’ve hoped for in 2004.
This has been a real milestone for me, for ten years I hopped between jobs just about every year seeking new opportunities and challenges, constantly looking for the next organization I could help grow, not really wanting to grow stale in my role. I can honestly say that hasn’t been a worry for me the last five years, constant challenges and new opportunities. For a long time I never thought I’d find a place to settle down, but I can easily see myself working for EMC in 2014, and I couldn’t be happier about it. So as I look back on the last five years I am grateful: for the work, the opportunities and mostly the incredible people that I have the privilege of working with.
Here’s to another five great years!