A New Year has brought a desire for new challenges. As a result early in the year I'll be taking on a new role as a product manager for ADF at Oracle Corporation.
The decision to move was certainly a difficult one. I've had an excellent 10+ years at SAGE Computing Services under the leadership of Oracle ACE Penny Cookson and the SAGE team, all who've been inspiring to work with. In turn I was fortunate enough to have two offers on my table which were both excellent, but both providing different outcomes. Choices choices.
The end decision has me moving to Oracle Corporation in early February, still based in Perth Australia for now.
One ramification of the move to Oracle is I give up my Oracle ACE Director status. This is a sad moment in many ways because like SAGE I owe the ACE Director program a lot. I feel that the program has allowed me to grow and extend my skills and experiences significantly. The chance to mix with other ACEs and Oracle staff, living up to their experiences & expectations, the chance to attend and present at conferences and share my enthusiasm with delegates has been incredibly rewarding. As a result my thanks go out to both the OTN team for running the program and providing the opportunity, and also to all the ACE and ACE Directors, Oracle staff, user groups reps and Oracle enthusiasts out there I've had pleasure of meeting and befriending over the last 5 years. Seriously your friendships, advice and generosity has meant a lot to me.
With that little bit of news out of the way I'd like to wish everyone a happy New Year and I hope to see you at a conference somewhere soon.
(Post edit: as some people have kindly taken the time to point out, yes it is in fact true, the real reason for the move is I just couldn't bear to be apart from Richard Foote ;-)