For those of you out of the loop my last day at SDM/DWS was last Friday and today was my first day back at OBS. There will be plenty more posts on what it is like at some stage later as I get working on projects with the team but first here's a blog post to answer a couple of the questions that I keep getting asked.
Why did I leave SDM.
There are many reasons but a large one was that I want to work at a company that is less large corporate and is filled with people who are passionate about leading edge technology, especially SharePoint.
I think it's the nature of a large hugely profitable business like DWS (which SDM is now part of) that while there are people employed there that do fall into that category, there are many more that are just there to work their 40 hours. DWS works out really great for a lot of people and I've talked to plenty of happy DWS customers too, but it just doesn't suit me. I think just looking at the careers pages on the two websites makes it easy to pick a lot of the differences between DWS and OBS
Am I sad about leaving.
Absolutely ! I've worked with some really great people and on a lot of very interesting projects.
I'm looking forward to trying to keep in touch with a lot of the people online and offline.
Why go back to OBS
OBS when I worked there was a great company, but in many ways was also quite different to what it is now. The good things about the company have stayed and many of the problems which made me leave have been resolved as you'd expect given I have been away for almost 4 years !
Basically OBS has everything I was looking for which is best summed up by the guiding principles, these are not just empty statements up on a website but actually reflect how the business is run right from the top down. Simply put no where else I've seen yet has such a great bunch of really skilled people in the areas I'm interested in all together in the one place.
There are still some challenges to work through but that is the same for any business the most important thing is they have the right people, the management backing and structure in place to continue to improve in the areas that are needed.
All up I'm very excited to be back :)