RTFM Education – Virtualization, VMware, Citrix

Aug 3 2012   1:38AM GMT

So long and thanks for all fish…

Michelle Laverick Michelle Laverick Profile: Michelle Laverick

Drum Roll… I’ve got some thing to announce… But before I do a message of thanks…

Thank You:

First, I would like to thank the people at TechTarget for supporting me during the last two years – our business-to-business affiliation was a great opportunity for me. I learned valuable insights into your world and the industry generally. Without my time spent working with you guys, I wouldn’t have the chance to do half of the things I did in my last two and half years at RTFM Education – such as books, podcasts and my speaking tour of the US in 2011/2012.

Secondly, I would like to thank ALL the people in the community who have supported and helped me during my time running RTFM Education. I simply couldn’t have reach the position I currently enjoy without your support. I would like to think I helped a lot of people getting into virtualization and VMware. It’s my full intention to remain active in the vCommunity – to both contribute, but now even more so be listening to the community and feedback its concerns and priorities. It is my intention to be fully engaged with the vCommunity as I have in the last years. The folks in the vCommunity are after all VMware customers as well. I will be retaining my activity in the community. I certainly don’t intend to disappear into the background. That would hardly be commensurate to being out-there as “evangelist”. So expect to continue to see me writing and attending events across the region – so please do get in touch if you’d like me to speak at your event. The fast and quickest way to do that nowadays is via my twitter ID – @mike_laverick

Finally, and most importantly I would like thank my long-term companion in life – Carmel Edwards. We met within months me starting RTFM Education Ltd and the site, and then later Mike Laverick Ltd. She was there in the early days when my project of being an independent/freelance trainer/consultant/writer/podcaster/speaker was in its first gestation  She’s support me when my gut told me in 2003 that this thing called “virtualization” by this company called “VMware” was going to be pretty big. She’s had the patience of saint in listening to me ramble on obsessively about virtualization. I guess the next thing she will have to put up with is my cloud thoughts instead.

The  Announcement:

As of Monday the 6th August, I am gainfully employed by VMware. I will be taking up a brand new role of “Senior Cloud Infrastructure Evangelist”. Of course, I considered many different options over recent months but the opportunity with VMware seemed the best role with the best company.  It has helped that I got so well with the team over in VMware who have known from the very early days. My new colleagues are a great bunch of people, and I know we going to have such a blast bouncing ideas around with each other. I’m so pleased that VMware has put their faith in me in this way. In many ways it feels like the reset button has pressed and I’m back in 2003. For the first year I will be based in the UK. After a year I will be based in sunny California, Palo Alto…

The move was prompted by many factors. The main one being although I’ve enjoyed my 10 years of independence, I was beginning to feel I had reached the max of my potential as individual working in a bubble on his own. I’d kind of hit a personal “glass ceiling”. Also there was decided feeling inside of me that the next 5 years was going to be “more of the same”. That didn’t inspire me with passion. I’ve never worked on the “vendor” side before – I’ve never been a mikelaverick@vendor.com. To date I’ve always been on the opposite side of the wall. And I felt I owed it my career and personal development to be on the other side of the wall for change. I know there is soo0000o much to learn in the coming years, and I will be lapping up every experience!

As a consequence of my new role and changed career direction my direct association with “RTFM Education” the site ends today…

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