Today was my last day at IONA. After a little over ten years here, I'm heading off to join a startup, an opportunity of a lifetime, in a business very different from IONA's. I can't tell you any details about the startup, but I can say that it involves both hardware and software, which takes me back to my roots (I started to shift from hardware development into software 20 years ago), and of course it involves some distributed computing, but in this case, I'll be a user of distributed computing infrastructure, not a provider like I've been for the past 16 years.
IONA has been nothing short of wonderful. This little company has an amazing number of brilliant people, so much passion, and simply excellent leadership. It's not a company, it's a family. That's why I stayed for over ten years, that's why it took the prospect of an opportunity of a lifetime to convince me it was time to go, and that's why I had such a difficult time actually deciding to leave. Here at the end, it came as no surprise to me that IONA would handle my departure with nothing but class and respect, with no exceptions. In a recent internal presentation, I stated that IONA is great because its people are great, and that's a fact. I'm going to miss this place.
Obviously, this is my final posting on this blog. I'll eventually reappear in the blogosphere, but it might be awhile. I do plan, however, to keep writing my "Toward Integration" column in Internet Computing. Thanks for reading this blog over the past few years and for all your comments and trackbacks. Take care, and I hope to see you again soon.