Five Years

I thought I’d post a few thoughts and get back into the swing of blogging on the occasion of my five year anniversary with EMC Consulting.¬† The last five years have brought a huge amount of change for me both personally and professionally.¬† I joined EMC Consulting two weeks after finding out my wife was pregnant with our first child, and the changes have just kept coming from then on.¬† I had spent the previous ten years working for small organizations and then growing with venture backed start-ups.¬† This new transition in many ways was my graduation into “adulthood”, first time working for a large company supporting well established products.¬† I was very hesitant at first, but haven’t regretted the decision once in the last five years.

In many ways the transition wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be, while EMC is a very large company the organization I joined was only a couple hundred back then.¬† We’ve both grown a lot in the last five years, I went from being a project manager to global CTO for my practice and the organization has gone from a few hundred people to a 2700 person global organization.¬† It’s been exciting and back breaking and fun.¬† While the consulting side has been growing the overall make up of the company has changed dramatically too, more than 50% of our revenue coming from software and services, a real sea change from where we were five years ago.¬† I’ve been lucky enough to watch our product portfolio morph into what I do truly believe is the most comprehensive in the industry for information management, we’ve accomplished much more than I would’ve hoped for in 2004.

This has been a real milestone for me, for ten years I hopped between jobs just about every year seeking new opportunities and challenges, constantly looking for the next organization I could help grow, not really wanting to grow stale in my role.¬† I can honestly say that hasn’t been a worry for me the last five years, constant challenges and new opportunities.¬† For a long time I never thought I’d find a place to settle down, but I can easily see myself working for EMC in 2014, and I couldn’t be happier about it.¬† So as I look back on the last five years I am grateful: for the work, the opportunities and mostly the incredible people that I have the privilege of working with.

Here’s to another five great years!

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