Tuesday Nov 17, 2009

Moving On....

It's quite hard to write goodbye blog posts or emails, and here I find myself embarking on such a task. It's always hard to say goodbye, but sometimes it needs to be said just to bring some closure.

It's been a extremely interesting ride for me at Sun over the last 9 years as a contractor and an employee. They say, 'once a unix geek, always a unix geek'. Well, for me it's kinda slightly different, it's "once a sun geek, always a sun geek". The spirit lives on. It's easy to take a geek out of sun, but It would be very hard to take the "sun" outta a geek !

As I type this post with a rock on my chest, I also breathe a sigh of relief. A sigh of relief from the topsy-turvy ride we have all been on for a long long time. I've lived through several RIF's and survived them all... And now I find myself making this bold move of moving out and onwards on my own.

I think it's time for me to take my destiny into my own hands, and carve out my own future. It's high time I pursue my dreams, and am moving on from here to pursue that dream.

I've have had the opportunity to work alongside some of the industry's most brilliant, coolest and fun'est folks, the opportunity to live and learn new technologies, the opportunity to work for a company that had a vision, a true vision ! These moments will be cherished forever.

In the last several months i've been involved in some fascinating projects which span healthcare, banking and telecommunications verticals. The lessons learnt have been simply wonderful (both on a technical and personal note).

I am sure all our paths would cross again, and having said that I'd prefer to not say goodbye but rather use a line from an old Bollywood favorite of mine "DASVIDANIYA" (from the movie Mera Naam Joker), which means "Until We Meet Again".

Now, before any of you jump to any conclusions or concoct any conspiracy theories, the reasons for me moving on are quite simple. I am moving on to carve out my own future. I shall be a continuing my participation on the advisory board of BastionHost. Apart from this, my primary day-job would be quite different from what I've been used to all along. I'm finally switching gears from my telecommute role that Ive been so used to over the years, to work behind a desk and be involved in spearheading the development of SaaS enabled infrastructures for the wealth management sector.

Sometimes in life one comes by opportunities that are rare, and if one does not act upon them regret is all one be left with, and that is something I refuse to live with.

If you would like to continue being in touch, you can follow my ramblings on tumblr. I am always available through Facebook, LinkedIn and twitter. I could also be reached via email at rohan[@]rohanpinto[.]com.

Last but not the least, I'm not gone yet.. ! I would be continuing in my role at Sun until the end of the month. From now on until then I'll be tying up loose ends and enabling transition what I currently have on my plate on to other folks on my team. (and I hope to make the MOST of the time I spend with my colleagues during this time).

For all those folks in the Identity Practice... I will be hanging around this arena of technology for a quite while folks, So Stay Strong, Live Large, and do keep in touch. You will find my continued participation in the OpenSSO and OpenDS Alias's. I am not sure whats gonna happen to these product lines after the Oracle Acquisition, but regardless of the outcome, lets keep the community going and the continue contributing to the project. I know "I Will", I hope you will too...

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