Swapping communities, but still the same community


Among the many great reasons for working in Sun, the ability to forge your own career while working with incredibly talented people has got to be the single best one I can think of. Over the years I have had the privilege of working with some of the most talented engineers on the planet, who are creating some of the most innovative products on the market, from Suns incredible hardware platforms such as the T5220, industry redefining storage platforms such as the x4500, to cutting edge innovations in Solaris and our leading middleware stack the Java Enterprise System.

However my time as a direct paid up member of the more hardcore side of the engineering community has drawn to a close. A few months back I decided that it was time to learn about different areas of Sun's business, and started to keep an eye out for any relevant internal opportunities. This being Sun an awful lot of opportunities exist (go on, take a look), and a role that matched everything that I was looking for, and more, came up. I applied, went through the process and started in my new role at the start of October.

So what are you doing now I hear you ask. I am now working within our Global Sales Organisation for a team in Services Marketing, which works with the both our internal sales and marketing communities and our larger partner community. The role in itself has quite a large technical aspect, but with a primary focus on direct day to day business problems and longer term business processes and strategy. As you might have guessed its the business side of the equation that I am focused on expanding. I am just beginning to get my bearings in this new role, and there is an awful lot to learn, but thats the challenge that I decided to take on, and its a challenge that I am looking forward to embracing.

However in many ways this new job is almost identical to my previous role. I am working with a group of incredibly talented individuals, there is a community of users whom we interact with, there are internal and external customers and there is an overarching goal of delivering the best possible service, product or solution to both our existing, and potential, customers - the same people that make up the community we work with, and work for, every day. So really the only part I am swapping is the immediate team I work with, other than that the end goal, and the overall community remains the same.

And speaking of communities, one that I will still be active in is the OpenSolaris community. If you haven't heard yet the folks in the Indiana project released their first OpenSolaris Developer Preview last night. Go forth, download and participate - I know I will.

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