Leaving Infoxchange

Leaving Infoxchange

After 7~ years, I have resigned from Infoxchange.

In 2012 I was hired to work with Infoxchange to “shake things up” (in the Systems Operations team) and stabilise the hosting environment.

As Team Lead of Systems Operations I was tasked with melding the team and then for us to work to provide a stable, robust, modern and scalable platform for Infoxchange developed application hosting and product delivery and in a short time, with a small budget - we did just that.

This 7~ year journey was exciting, rewarding and of course at times very stressful.

I have learnt a lot and made so many very dear friends so resigning was far from easy, however it is time to move forward to new potential challenges.

I would like to give a particularly special thanks to:

  • Ross Williamson, my friend of many years and nothing short of a truly amazing engineer.
  • Alex Izmayov, for his tireless dedication and passion to learning and delivering engineering automation.
  • The many fantastic developers that designed, wrote and delivered the code for many of the applications we ran.
  • Many of the application consultants and product owners that care deeply for the clients we served.

What next?

  • A holiday, one where I plan to spend 70% or more of the time studying, learning and dipping my toes in any relevant technologies I haven’t been required to work with.
  • A lot of reading (see the tech and personal growth items within my Goodreads ‘Want to Read’ shelf for a taste).
  • AWS or GCP Operations guides / courses. I’ve always designed and run cloud platforms - but not really used other ‘out of the box’ options.
  • A return to more frequently visiting and engaging at meetups (Infracoders, DevOps Melbourne, Elastic Meetup).
  • Consultation with fellow platform, automation engineers and mentors.

Initial considerations for future endeavours

  • Will I have fun (at least some of the time)?
  • Will I have a reasonable amount of creative freedom in my work?
  • How much bureaucracy will surround the role I’m in?
  • What might I learn while working?
  • What technologies will I be working with?
  • What tooling will I be required to use?
  • Am I likely to make friends in the position?

A message to recruiters

You play an important part in both leading people to new positions while helping organisations find the right people to help them stabilise or grow.

However, until I either post that I’m actively seeking a new role or set my LinkedIn to being open to new positions - I first need time for a break and to do some reading, study and reflection.

I’ll update my profiles when I’m ready to start looking.