Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Happy, Happy...Joy Joy

Things have been a bit quiet here lately, and even though I've been *thinking* about some cool new things, I haven't actually been able to *execute* said cool things because real life has a way of playing havoc with the best laid plans. Sorry about that.

I've basically been in support mode at work the last two months. Some massive changes in the company has meant a lot of support to end users, fixing broken apps, etc. Unfortunately, that means no new development, so no new "direct from production" tips to share. I am happy to say that there were no critical, impact-to-the-business kind of issues, so we weathered the storm pretty well. I'm also really happy because I'm starting a new phase in my career.

Even though I was strongly tempted by some evildoers, I just couldn't go to the Dark Side and in fact strengthened my resolve to fight for Good. Yep...I got a new job!!!

Starting on the 17th, I will officially be a Senior IT Specialist at IBM!!! I couldn't think of a better place to continue in the ways of the Lotus evangelist and now I've kind of "put my money where my mouth is". I'm joining the Lotus Technical Sales team here in the Cleveland/Pittsburgh area. In that role, I'll be doing pre-sales work, lots of presentations, proof-of-concept projects, etc. It's a bit of a different path than the one I've been on, but it should be an excellent opportunity for growth. My favorite part of the job has always been interacting with customers, so I can't wait to get started!

I still plan on focusing on the same things I always have on this blog, so don't tune out yet. I love the field of user experience and user centered design because it is ever changing and there is always new stuff to learn. Taking this knowledge and making incremental changes for the better is a great feeling and I hope that so far I've been able to provide you with some good starting points or at least piqued your curiosity to explore what you can do with your Notes UI. Stayed tuned, 'cause there's a lot more to come.

Woot!...I'm going to IBM! Yep...I'm excited... :-)



By Blogger Charles Robinson, at 4:14 PM  

Congratulations. :-) IBM is very, very lucky to have someone of your skills on board.

By Blogger Tommy Valand, at 4:14 PM  

Good to hear that you're staying on the good side.

Congratulations and good luck on the new job!

By Blogger Ben Poole, at 4:25 PM  

Great news for both you and IBM: congratulations!

By Blogger Rob Novak, at 4:27 PM  

Wow congratulations...! IBM has been making some nice hiring moves the past couple years!

By Anonymous Ben Langhinrichs, at 4:36 PM  

Sales? Say it ain't so!

Seriously, congratulations. You'll be great.

By Blogger Chris Toohey, at 4:38 PM  

Congrats man!! IBM's very lucky indeed!

By Blogger Joanne, at 4:40 PM  

Congratulations!!! Well-deserved indeed!!! :-)

By Blogger wild bill, at 5:16 PM  

I cant think of a better person for IBM to take on. And to think, your UI focus can keep pushing the standards up.

Nice one fellah! Have a virtual beer on me, and looking forward to seeing you monitor room doors at LotusFear..


---* Bill

By Anonymous Nathan T. Freeman, at 5:22 PM  


By Blogger Mac Guidera, at 6:11 PM  

Good for us! Let me know how I can help you out once you've been stamped blue.

By Blogger dogu, at 7:20 PM  

Shoot, darn...best blog on the web...shot into the Blue!

Really, congrats and best of luck.

If you get to Boston and have some time available, you're welcome to come up for a visit. If the weather's good and you're looking for a little unusual fun, we got ya covered (http://StoneHusky.blogspot.com)


By Blogger Tim Tripcony, at 8:43 PM  

Congratulations, Chris! How exciting!

By Blogger Thomas "Duffbert" Duff, at 8:53 PM  

Very well deserved, and congrats!

By Blogger Don McNally, at 9:43 PM  

Congrats, Chris!

By Blogger Kevin Pettitt, at 9:57 PM  

A wise choice made you have. The dark side resist you should. A hearty congratulations deserve you do.


By Blogger Chris Whisonant, at 11:38 PM  

Congrats Chris!!

By Anonymous Elf, at 1:48 AM  

Congratulations. Good luck! Hope you keep posting good examples here, though. I've changed a lot in my own way of designing thanks to this blog.

By Blogger Stuart, at 3:04 AM  

Great news Chris. Awesome move IBM ;-)

By Blogger Julian Woodward, at 3:25 AM  

Congratulations Christ, and smart move by IBM. I get the feeling that you, they and all of us will benefit. :-)

By Anonymous Steve Castledine, at 4:10 AM  

Huge Congratulations! Its an awesome company to work for. Nudge me when you get inside!

By Blogger Pedro, at 4:49 AM  

Congratulations Chris! And congratulations to IBM as well for the great choice! :-D

But please please please Chris don't stop working on UIs! :-D

By Blogger Josep Alemany i Fruitós, at 5:19 AM  


Ben Poole said "Great news for both you and IBM". I want to add: great news for all the users too!

Good luck!

By Blogger Ed, at 5:46 AM  

Pre-sales? Doh! They should put you to work on the templates with Rocky and Bob.
Great news for you, IBM and the community. Congrats!

By Blogger Phil, at 8:08 AM  

Chris! Sweet...I'm glad you got what you were looking for! Congrats and good luck!

By Blogger Ashwin, at 8:20 AM  

Congrats Dude!!! Thats really awesome..IBM sure is lucky to have you.

By Blogger Andy Donaldson, at 8:32 AM  

Awesome! Congrats Chris!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:12 AM  

Congratulations Chris! Kitty & Warren.

By Blogger Matt White, at 10:37 AM  

Congrats Chris, IBM is continuing the strategy of hiring the best people out there I see. Long may it continue.


By Anonymous gregg, at 10:49 AM  

Congratulations! I hope that this won't change you too much (as I think back to the blogger dinner). :-)

By Blogger Conxsys, at 1:13 PM  

Congrats! This is further evidence that IBM is paying attention to the blogosphere and snapping up the good guys. However I do agree with Ed; you should be working on templates!

By Anonymous Mike Mantho, at 2:17 PM  


Excellent news! Welcome to technical sales.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:39 PM  

Congrats on the new job! Your drive to help the end user will be a benefit to IBM.

On a side note, will you be getting 'IBM' embroidered on your new man purse.. er gas mask bag?

By Blogger Phigment, at 5:18 PM  

It's good to see the conversation that was started at the ILUG dinner finally came to fruition.


By Anonymous Thilo Hamberger, at 3:27 AM  

Chris, does that mean Linde is turning Notes down in favor of something else? Not so good news, I would say.

By Blogger Curt, at 10:21 AM  

A big WOW! Best wishes!

By Anonymous Mikkel Heisterberg, at 12:39 PM  

Nice - congratulations! Good to get an interface guy with focus on the application templates on the inside. :-)

By Anonymous Christopher Byrne, at 5:05 PM  

Mondo congratulations!

By Blogger William Beh, at 4:37 AM  

Congratulations. Hope you can bring some of the great UI stuff directly into IBM products.

By Blogger Don, at 8:29 AM  

Congrats Chris !!! I know you will do a wonderful job. Please keep up the great UI design thoughts and samples. I know they have helped my thought processes. Will look for you @ LS08.

By Blogger Alan Lepofsky, at 9:49 PM  

:-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-) :-)
Sametime me when you start, I'll show you where we keep the good toys.

By Anonymous Theo Heselmans, at 7:20 AM  

Way to go !

By Blogger Richard Moy, at 12:20 PM  

Congratulations. I am glad you did not go to the dark side.

By Blogger jonvon, at 2:49 PM  

congratulations man! that is awesome!

By Anonymous Stephan H, Wissel, at 11:37 AM  

Congratulations and welcome to the team. Ping me once you are inside
:-) stw

By Blogger Chris, at 1:41 PM  

Congrats! I look forward to seeing some excellent looking demos for our teams to use.


By Anonymous Ken Haggman, at 12:11 PM  

Congrats. Interface does indeed matter, and the Lotus community should be glad to have you as an IBM'er.


By Blogger Pankaj Sharma, at 9:34 AM  


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