31-Aug-08

So I’m heading into September, which means I have less than a month to go at MMU. For a while, it’s been a bit strange having handed in my notice but having to keep going for two months before I can move on. Often at times like this, you spend odd moments snatched away from every day life to wonder if you are doing the right thing. This is entirely human and entirely expected. I don’t think I can give MMU any more than I’ve given in the last decade, and conversely, MMU has nothing left to give me.

Thankfully other avenues exist, and it’s been surprising and flattering that I have allies in several places who rate me highly enough to have opened doors to move on. As it stands, I still believe the choice I have made to move to Salford Software is the correct one. I want a job,  not a career. I suppose it will sink in around 10am on my first day in my new job that I’m somewhere different after spending a third of my life with one employer. Sounds bad when you phrase it like that!

What else? A trip to Vienna next week for the annual pan European GUG get together. It’s an interesting time as it serves to highlight the many cultural differences between the UK and the rest of mainland Europe. For example, they are still very excited about GroupWise 8 and Teaming “PLUS” Conferencing (you aren’t allowed to say “and”, I’m told), whereas in the UK we’ve already dropped off our perches in boredom as we’ve seen the new bits for over a year now (two BrainShares in fact, get a move on!).

BrainShare was a little depressing this year after last year’s virgin effort. I had this idea that Novell needed something big to launch at the event. I don’t know how I got there, but pretty quickly I latched onto the idea of the “Magnificent Seven”. You could have a cheesy Clint-a-like come on stage in a poncho (Fistful Of Dollars era, naturally!) and take out some Microsoft looking wimp. Then I thought, what would be the seven products you could use? What about :-

– GroupWise

– Open Enterprise Server

– IDM

– Sentinel

– Teaming PLUS (for f**ks sake) Conferencing (even though I don’t rate it)

– eDirectory

– SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop/Server

At the every least it’s a concept that attendees can identify with and get behind. I still think Novell is a good company with good technology, but they’re far too nice and have an over reliance these days on the Faustian pact with Microsoft.

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