,,,, to a couple of new challenges. Monday 22nd August will see me depart from IBM. My business home for the past 17 years 7 months and 12 days. I started working for Lotus Development UK Limited for a chap called Graham Jons (he's still in IBM somewhere) in the spreadsheet and database support team. Back in the days when we had a UK call centre for Lotus support and we still wrote software like Lotus 1-2-3, Improv, Approach, AmiPro and Freelance Graphics. I remember once whilst on the Approach hotline talking to an old chap about database joins, but he just wasn't getting it. So I asked him if he had thought of getting some training as it's not easy to explain over the phone. He told me that he had been on a training course, at which point I hit the mute button and suggest that he ask for a refund. The manager that was ear-wigging from the cubicle behind me almost fell off her chair. I un-muted and then went on to explain all about joins and we had another happy customer who's database worked again.
I could go on for ages with support line stories, but that's for another time.
I'm going to join GSX (www.gsx.com) a business partner from Switzerland, although I will be working from home in the UK. My role will be Technical Services Manager and I'm really looking forward to the new challenges this new role will bring.
The other new challenge in our lives at the moment is adopting two children who were placed with us earlier this month. So learning to live with two new people in the house, leaving IBM and starting a new job has made August a very interesting month and one I will never forget.
If I've worked with you or met you during my time at Lotus / IBM, then I would like to say a huge "thank you" for making my time there so enjoyable.