Updated: May 1, 2020
It has been a troublesome and difficult time for me these past few months. It started right after being granted my first VMware vExpert status last year. This, and taking the stage at a number of events like the NLVMUG and the Nvidia Global Tech Conference apparently caught some attention, and before I knew it I was receiving all kinds of offers left and right. A few of these are of course your run-of-the-mill recruiters, who don't even bother to read your Linkedin profile for more than 2 lines, but there were also a couple of interesting ones in there. So I thought, hey, why not go and have a talk, just out of curiosity?
That moment is when the real trouble started, since being in those conversations gets you to think about what it is you want, what it is you are bringing to a company, what it would take to be able to work there? But what happens at my old job? I can also stay right where I am? Why should I move? There are so many things to think about with even more consequences... You can easily begin to doubt yourself in such a way that you just want to crawl back in bed and remain at your safe and familiar job and never think of switching careers again.
Realizing that some of the career opportunities layed out before me were actually pretty amazing, I came to the conclusion that moving careers was the only right thing to do. Then, the real belly ache started... I am going to have to tell my manager and both directors at Cliënt ICT Groep that I am going to be leaving the company! How are they going to take it? Still feeling doubtful of course, am I doing the right thing? Luckily they all understand my reasons for the move and helped every step along the way. All the things I was dreading to have happen did not, and everything was just done in a flash. Hans, Lorenz, Tom, all my collegues and all the customers I was thankful to work for, my enormous gratitude for the awesome times we had and for making my career growth possible by giving me the chance and opportunity to do so. We will surely keep in touch, you know where to find me.
I am taking the plunge and continuing my career at Fondo as per the 1st of May as a Business Mobility Consultant. This means that I will not only keep doing awesome stuff on the EUC/VDI front, but that there is more added to the things I can bring to the table in building EUC environments. I will be getting into Airwatch by VMware, managing any device you can think of, VMware Workspace ONE, granting a perfect portal to access user resources, VMware Identity manager bringing true Single Sign-On (log on once and enjoy) and possibly combining these (and even more!!) in an environment delivering a unified experience for end-users accessing and using their applications and virtual desktops, all from a single entry point, making it easy for them to be able to access everything they need to be able to do their job.
Looking forward to the future, I am just going to assume it's going to be awesome, with a side order of awesomesauce!!