It was time for a Change

As most of you know I have been an independent contractor for a long time, however I have been thinking of a change now for a significant amount of time.  it is with some trepidation that I have stepped back into employed status.  It will be a significant change to have to work for somebody again, but I am sure I am up for the  challenge.

By now you are most likely wondering who has actually managed to obtain my signature, and pull me back out of a life of freelancedom.   Well I have decided after much hand wringing and angst, not about the position but about the change of circumstances it will lead me into.  Yes I will not be earning as much as I was as a free lancer, but there will be  the security of having regular income without worrying where the next money is coming from when a contract ends.  the Gaps between contracts were getting longer and longer, when you actually add up what I earned and took out Holiday time and “looking for contracts” the earnings of a Contractor are not as good as they first seem to be Smile. Once again I digress.

After a long skype conversation with a US friend of whom I have great respect.  I have joined Nexenta as a Sales Engineer, it is a completely different track for me, I have never worked for a vendor and I am really looking forward to the challenge.  I have already been informed that I will be the “lead” for all things Virtual in EMEA.  For those that do not know Nexenta are a Storage Company,  there products are based on ZFS.  now those that really know me, know that I am not as Storage person so I have a very steep learning curve ahead of me but I am really up for that.  I have often stated that is my weakest part of my skill set.

So it looks like I will have to get out the sling backs as Booth babe duty looms for me at VMworld. hopefully San Fran, definitely Barcelona.



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    • Simon on February 13, 2012 at 8:11 am

    Best of luck with the new role, Tom, I hope it works out for you. Never mind the quality, count the spindles 😉

  1. Congrats, Tom! I do hope having a boss won’t scare you too much and you’ll enjoy your time with Nexenta!

    • Chris Sommers on February 13, 2012 at 8:43 am

    Congrats and good luck in the new position.

    Hopefully going to Barcelona too.

    • Maish on February 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Wish you the best of Tom. I will start to bombard you with Nexenta questions before you know it!!

    • PiroNet on February 13, 2012 at 9:11 am

    All the best for your future career. Nexenta rocks!
    I know what it takes to go from freelancer to employee 😉

  2. Glad it all came off for you Tom and that vendorland will be a pleasant destination for you on your virtual travels!


  3. Congratulations Tom, awesome news!

  4. welcome to the rat race, yours sincerely, Mrs Brisby

  5. Hey, congrates Tom!! Hope it goes well for you. No doubt see you around 🙂

    • Shane Williford on February 13, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Awesome Tom..congrats! Best of luck in your new endeavor!

  6. Congrats Tom! Good luck with the change.

  7. Congrats Tom, Nexenta certainly seem to have good momentum at present. Like Maish said it’s good to have someone to put questions to!

  8. Congratulations, Tom! I hope that the new position works out for you. I guess you won’t be able to make fun of those bloggers who went to work for a vendor now, eh? 🙂

    1. when in the way of a on-coming train, you have two choices, either jump on or get run over 🙂

      1. Quite true—I’m glad you chose not to get run over! 🙂

  9. Just catching up on this my friend.

    Nexenta is lucky to have you. All the best in your new position.


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