The Semi-regular What-Ed’s-Up-To Update:

It’s been awhile and a lot of change has happened since my last update.  I left Inktank back in February to pursue some interesting opportunities at Savvis.  My experience at Inktank was nothing short of lively.  For the first time in my career I had a non-technical focus as the Director of Alliances and Channels.  I helped put a program together and build partnerships with the likes of Intel, Alcatel-Lucent, Canonical, Suse and more.  I’ve worked on alliance teams before and have been in the reseller channel so I had a bit of exposure to both but I learned a lot trying to boot things from the ground up with some seeds that were already planted.  I got to spend time in the U.S. and abroad in places like Amsterdam, Barcelona and  Tel-Aviv.

Enter the next chapter at a cloud service provider.  I joined Savvis three months ago.  Yes, my former colleague and boss at Joyent, Jonathan King, had surfaced an opportunity for us to work together again at Savvis and I jumped at the opportunity.  I joined the Chief Scientist Organization, Ken Owens, as Director of Applied Research.  I’m doing the usual mix of roadmap and strategy discussions with customers but where it gets really interesting is the other stuff.  I’ve got responsibility for Competitive Intelligence, Proof of Concepts and User Personas.  All areas I’ve touched on before but never with this level of focus.  It’s been interesting being so much closer to the product and navigating the waters while we lead Savvis forward in the cloud.  I work with a great group of people and honestly it’s been fun adapting back into a large organization.  I feel like all of my skills I’ve developed over the years are being used simultaneously which is wonderful.  So here’s to the next chapter.

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