I quit my job

Yes, it's true. After 10 years at Sun I have finally quit my job. Why? Well, I have been in sales for 8 of those years and have enjoyed it quite a bit. I have been looking for something new. Roughly two years ago, I started consulting for customers around Solaris, SOA and JES. While I have met some great folks and learned a lot from them, something just hasn't seemed right. I think it's my lingering mid-life crisis :) It's hard to say goodbye to sooo many I have worked so closely with so many years. Sigh. The question is what to do now.

I'm too much of a wimp to be a test pilot. Too short to play pro-basketball. Too heavy to be a jockey. I've got a face for podcasting and a voice for blogging - and I sure can't make a living doing it. Hrumph. I do know English, but the travel looks to be a killer. Sure am glad I have a  backup plan.

To be honest - it is April 1st after all -  I already have a solid backup plan. In fact, it's a done deal. "Quitting my job" is a bit of an exaggeration. It's more of a role shift. I'll be the Glassfish Product Manager when I get back from my vacation. Yep, I'm on vacation next week. Yeeee-haaaawwww!!

Technically, I did say goodbye to my co-workers. But I also said "See ya' in a week". The Clingan Zone will be more quite than normal during that time. When I get back, I'll be blogging a bit more about Glassfish and Java EE and a bit less about Solaris Containers & Zones. No worries, you'll have to pull Zones from my cold, dying virtual hands. In my new role I get to pretty much dump Windows and go back to Solaris.

I have been living a bit of a double life. While I have been blogging about Zones quite a bit, I have also been working with customers on deploying the Sun Application Server within zones.  That's where posts such as this, this, this, this, etc originated. Ssoooo why Product Management? I'm spreading my wings, getting a broader taste of Sun. Something completely different. Ya' know, a bit closer to the inner workings. Hopefully it's not like finding out how hot dogs are made :)

I'll have the benefit of working more closely with link-master Eduardo Pelegri-Llopart and Glassfish evangelists Alexis and Jamey, in addition to Ken, newbie blogger and Sun-keeps-pulling-me-back-in Tom. Sreeram, Jerome, Rich, Peter, and a host of others. I'll be working for Paul, so make sure you send him lots of email saying very nice things about me and be nice when you leave comments on The Clingan Zone :) I've been transitioning into the role slowly as I transition slowly out of my prior role. Yikes, there is a lot to do, but I'm up for it. The team is highly energetic and supportive. I'm bucklin' up because I'm in for one hell of a ride.

Sssooo, did I get ya' with the April 1st twist? Hey, it's not as bad as this one, is it?

Happy April 1st! 



Phew! Don't do that to me, John... ;\^)

Glad you're still with us.

Posted by Robin Wilton on March 31, 2007 at 10:30 PM PDT #

Welcome aboard, John! This is a great time to join the GlassFish team, we are hitting the fast growth part of the hockey stick curve. I think we are going to have a lot of fun together. - eduard/o

Posted by eduardo pelegri-llopart on March 31, 2007 at 11:25 PM PDT #

Welcome aboard - I'm a strong believer in staffing product teams with people who have been in the field, have worked with customers and most importantly people who have practical experience of using our own products. I'm sure you'll make a big contribution. - Rich

Posted by Rich Sharples on April 01, 2007 at 03:02 AM PDT #

Hey John, As I started reading your blog, I had to click on my clock in the lower right hand corner to confirm it was April 1st, and thinking no way - he loves his job... ;-) Have a good vacation and get some rest. -Mark

Posted by Mark Bradley on April 01, 2007 at 03:44 AM PDT #

Welcome to Product Management, John! I used to be part of software PM, though I've now moved on to Services PM. Hope to see you in Monrovia some time. Dave

Posted by davidleetodd on April 01, 2007 at 12:03 PM PDT #

Geesh John, those opening remarks gave me a heart attack. Congrats on your new role. We are very happy to have you. Tom

Posted by guest on April 01, 2007 at 10:25 PM PDT #

Glad to have someone on board as PM for Glassfish like you John! Woo hoo! Congrats and enjoy the much deserved vacation.

Posted by Dave Pickens on April 04, 2007 at 03:31 AM PDT #

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