There is a difference between jumping ship and making an orderly transfer from one ship to another. I tend to think of jumping ship as something one does when it is sinking. I’m not jumping ship.
For the last 6 years at PolyServe, and 10 years before that at Sequent Computer Systems, I’ve had the honor to work with some of the brightest software folks around. See, the brain power behind PolyServe is a lot of the heavy-hitting Unix kernel engineers from Sequent Computer Systems. They left after IBM bought Sequent. I joined them shortly thereafter, leaving Veritas to do so. I think it is fitting to quote my long time friend and fellow OakTable Network member, James Morle. In Oracle Insights: Tales of the Oak Table, James says:
…around the same time Sequent appeared with a good story, great attitude, and some of the best software technicians I have worked with from a hardware company.
I know what he means. But I’m leaving. I did my part at PolyServe, HP acquired us. Getting taken up in a corporate takeover means a new adventure. When faced with a new adventure it sometimes makes sense to open up to other, sometimes better, opportunity. This is one of those cases.
Next week I start a new chapter. I’ll be taking a role in Oracle’s Server Technologies group. Fortunately for me, I’ve had pretty close ties with a lot of these folks dating back to the mid-1990s and my work in Sequent’s Advanced Oracle Engineering group.
So, I’m transferring to a different ship. A ship that I am very familiar with. A ship with crew that I respect and with whom it’ll be an honor to work.