This year is the beginning of a new era for me professionally. I've lived in the corporate IT world for 15 years doing everything from report writing to desktop support to server support and finally carved a niche for myself by jumping on the shared storage bandwagon at the turn of the century (I love saying that).
Career progression is great, but as I found myself moving up the chain, and thus away from the technology front lines, I began to reconsider where I wanted to be over the long haul. Strange as it may sound, I've always been attracted to the sales side of things - I mean, after all we're all salespersons at the end of the day. So, when the opportunity presented itself I said a bittersweet farewell to my cubicle and jumped on the chance to join Compellent as a Storage Architect.
The most interesting thing I've noticed in this side of the business is that the sales teams you meet as a customer are pretty much all on speaking terms outside of your conference room. You wouldn't believe the waves and static a customer makes in the general sales world with a simple comment, question, complaint or praise... I didn't realize as a customer that I had that much influence. I guess I should have, but I never really thought about it.
So, my message to comrades I left behind on the front lines of keeping the business running is two fold:
1. You have tremendous powers of influence on the IT industry
2. Use your powers wisely
Thanks for reading my blog and I hope it adds value - as Storage Mojo says, courteous comments are welcome!