Where I Lay My Head is 127.0.0.1 – Part 2

Here we go again…

Once again it is time for me to make a professional change. To that end, I have left Burntsand Consulting in order to pursue another opportunity. In my (almost) 2 years at Burntsand I learned a lot about consulting as well as how other companies operate. There were facets of software development I didn’t previously know existed, and have been fortunate to have worked with good people while I was discovering new worlds outside of the Sports Technology field. I find myself again leaving behind many good friends and taking with me some wonderful memories.

That being said, I am very excited to be able to say that I have joined Wintellect’s consulting group as a Senior Consultant. Once again I have found my way to a phenomenal opportunity. I have a long-held deep respect for the people at Wintellect, and meeting them in person has only served to confirm those thoughts. These are some intelligent, creative, and passionate developers who excel at their craft and have built up a top-notch reputation in the industry – I am quite fortunate to count myself among their ranks.

Along with the great people, Wintellect and its members have shown that they share my commitment to participating in the development community, and have a great tradition therein, including publishing books and articles, participation in community events, and even production of the Devscovery conference.

So it is time for another new adventure. As always, I plan to keep folks posted as to how things go. It WILL be fun…

Where I Lay My Head is 127.0.0.1

With all due respect to Metallica…

Okay…time for the big announcement. A few weeks ago XOS Technologies and I parted company. This ended a 10-year run in a very narrow vertical market – aimed at Sports Video and Analysis technology. Actually, it goes a little longer than that, as prior to being a member of the Engineering team (at Avid Sports,) I was actually a customer at both the University of Florida and the University of Illinois.

I have accepted new employment out of the Waltham office of Burntsand, and begin tomorrow (September 3.) I will be joining Burntsand as a Senior Consultant, and I believe that my first engagement with them will be as a subcontractor under Microsoft Consulting Services for a New England client. Burntsand is a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner and a leader in business consulting and technology services.

For me, this is a phenomenal opportunity, and I am excited to the point of being downright giddy. Obviously, I have been in one market for a long 10 years (albeit with very different companies through that period, including Avid Sports, Pinnacle Systems, and XOS Technologies.) This opportunity should give me, over time, the chance to be exposed to several other markets. Also, I often participate in regional development events, and many of the speakers who have impressed me through the years have themselves been employed by Consulting Firms – I am getting a chance to walk in good footsteps. The relationship with Microsoft was also a big draw for me. Along with this, they have a practice of actively encouraging certifications and career development…why not get acknowledgement for what I do on my own time anyway? Finally, the people there have been top-notch. At XOS, we had been engaged with Burntsand for several months now, and overall I have been impressed by the guys I’ve had a chance to collaborate with.

So now it is time for a new adventure. I’ll keep folks posted as to how things go. It should be fun…