Jul 222016

Hello readers, its been a while since I’ve done a blog post and I have to acknowledge I’ve been rubbish keeping up with my blogging duties.

However this is still a good medium for me to let you all know what happening with your favourite Mackem.

After 4 GREAT years with VCE (and a year and a half reselling Vblocks before that) I’ve taken the difficult decision to move on. I’ve seen VCE grow from a $100mil a year in revenue to over $2 billion. No matter what you think of VCE, there can be no doubt those figures are staggering. VCE created and lead the CI marketplace from day one and has driven huge change in how infrastructure is consumed. The values of simplicity, agility, lower TCO etc are the cornerstone of VCEs CI offerings way before Cloud was being adopted in any mainstream way.

(one of my babies)

It should almost go without saying that while the company had a great strategy, it was the people that made it happen. I can hand on heart say that I leave behind some of the smartest and most driven people I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my career to date.

Under the stewardship of VCE, in the 4 years I worked there I was promoted twice and was a member of many internal initiatives to help drive things like integration into the wider EMC machine and optimising current practises. Also with my side role as a Technical Team Lead I got to mentor some inspirational youngsters (and some who wish they were young) who will be forces to be reckoned with in years to come.

So WHY leave if it was so amazing, I hear you all cry.

I’m sure you will all agree, IT has evolved faster and more dramatically than ever before in the last 4-5 years. Trying to remain relevant as an individual is becoming harder and harder in a world where infrastructure alone is becoming less and less relevant as a differentiation for customers. As a fiercely ambitions person I feel the role I was offered (its a nice feeling to be headhunted lol) gives me an opportunity to take a career step up and also open doors for serious progression over the next 5-10 years.

 Oh yes, the world will be mine (evil laugh)


So to that end, I am happy to announce that I have joined Oracle Cloud as a Cloud Leader specialising in IaaS.

My new responsibilities from 30,000 feet include Evangelising, helping defining strategy and Go to Market, discussing and building business and relationships associated with the Oracle Cloud & Customer programmes, the Oracle Cloud Machine and Oracle’s highly competitive IaaS offerings. I’m sure some of you vExperts reading this will be aware of Ravello, ill be focusing on that specifically and I plan to do lots of posts on that super coolness in the coming weeks and months. What’s cool is this role is flexible so ill be able to go as high level or as deep as I need to.

There are a HUGE bunch of things I’m super stoked about by joining Oracle, not just is Oracle a Cloud Provider but its one that covers all the bases in a way others currently aren’t. Its also a massive challenge to try and take on the market leaders, but its one that I relish. Oracle are SERIOUS about cloud, they are investing and WILL be one of the major players in the public and hybrid cloud space including of all flavours cloud in the years to come.

THE STANDING JOKE: Those who already know I’m now part of the ‘big red machine’ have already ribbed me about licensing. I don’t think that can be avoided so feel free to send me the Jibes Smile

Fingers crossed my friends and followers won’t now abandon me and hopefully you will find my insights in coming months and years useful and interesting.

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