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.
- A holiday, one where I plan to spend part of my 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 is the team structure I’d be joining (if any)?
- What technologies will I likely be working with?
- What tooling will I be required to use?
- Am I likely to make friends in the position?
A message to recruiters
Note: I am now looking for new opportunities
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.