« OAuth everywhere! | Main | Latest Links #42 »

Joining IBM

If you've been following my tweets you know that I accepted a new job yesterday. What I didn't reveal was my new employer. Before the end of this month I'll be joining IBM/Rational and working as a Web 2.0 Architect. I'm not sure how much I can say about what I'll be working on, so I won't be blogging too much about work until I figure that out. I think I can safely say this: I'm thrilled about this new job and the folks that I'll be working with. In the near term, it looks like my workmates will be @pmuellr and @BillHiggins and I'll be learning a lot about Jazz.

View Larger Map

I feel very fortunate to have found such an excellent position a fairly tough job market and I'm more than ready to start working on new things. Thanks to everybody who helped out by recommending me, blogging about me, offering encouragement and taking the time to interview with me.


Congrats Mr social web ! :-)

Posted by Matthias Wessendorf on March 12, 2009 at 02:14 PM EDT #

congrats, dave. i'm sure we'll be talking soon ;)

Posted by stephen ogrady on March 12, 2009 at 02:23 PM EDT #

Dave, Congrats! This sounds like a great job, and I look forward to you blogging you work. IBM has hired both a great software architect and a great communicator, so I hope they leverage both sides of your work.

Posted by Fred on March 12, 2009 at 02:25 PM EDT #

Congratulations Dave, glad to hear things worked out so well and quickly. - Rich

Posted by Rich Sharples on March 12, 2009 at 03:06 PM EDT #

Congrats! :)

Posted by Josh Staiger on March 12, 2009 at 03:43 PM EDT #

Welcome aboard Dave!

As for "I'm not sure how much I can say about what I'll be working on, so I won't be blogging too much about work until I figure that out.". Everyone you'll be working with in Rational are strongly in favor of transparency - that's why we created Jazz.net.

I'd say that the only thing to be careful about is being clear about what you're committed to delivering vs. interesting problems you're working on but for which you don't have a solution in hand.

For instance, I've recently been looking at whether we could/should get Jazz development widgets and data into Lotus Mashups. I've convinced myself that this would be a Good Thing, but right now we're fuzzy on how we get there. So when I talk about it, I say "We're looking at it and it has promise, but we don't have a solution in hand".

So in summary: we try to be clear about when we're speculating so that we don't set unrealistic expectations with customers and later disappoint them if speculation fails to transition to executable software.

I suspect it would be fine to talk about the problems you'll be working on, and of course we don't have all of the answers yet. Let's be frank - if we had all of the answers then I doubt we could have made the case for you!

Finally, I think it would be interesting to read your public musings about some of the problems you'll be working on, to see what discussion it might trigger. I've actually been meaning to do more of this but have been busy trying to deliver the things we have committed for our 2009 releases!

Posted by Bill Higgins on March 12, 2009 at 03:50 PM EDT #


Posted by Davanum Srinivas on March 12, 2009 at 03:58 PM EDT #

Cool - congratulations; you deserve it. Best wishes

Posted by Vijay Ramachandran on March 12, 2009 at 04:06 PM EDT #

Huge congratulations! Very pleased for you.

Posted by Simon Phipps on March 12, 2009 at 04:30 PM EDT #

Congrats on the IBM gig. Jazz sounds pretty intriguing too.

Posted by Rogers Cadenhead on March 12, 2009 at 11:41 PM EDT #

Thanks for the kind words folks. And Bill, thanks for the blogging advice. That's just what I like to hear. I'm "strongly in favor of transparency" too and, like you, wish I had a little more time for it.

- Dave

Posted by Dave Johnson on March 13, 2009 at 12:17 AM EDT #

Congrats ;)

Posted by Yoav Shapira on March 13, 2009 at 01:31 AM EDT #

Congrats, Dave. Great to hear you've joined IBM. I'm sure we'll benefit a great deal from your contributions. I also second Bill's and your sentiments regarding transparency as a blogging philosophy. For what it's worth, the IBM Social Computing Guidelines (which began as blogging guidelines and evolved to include broader focus) also do encourage "open dialogue and the exchange of ideas."

Posted by Michael O'Connell on March 13, 2009 at 10:34 AM EDT #

Hi Dave and welcome at IBM. Re: blogging - read through the guidelines and you'll be fine... Lots of us have both internal and external blogs... If you want you can also list your blog on our IBM Blogger Home Page: http://www.ibm.com/blogs/zz/en/ Again, welcome and have fun !

Posted by Philippe Borremans on March 13, 2009 at 01:57 PM EDT #

Congratulations, Dave!

Posted by Ganesh Mathrubootham on March 13, 2009 at 06:33 PM EDT #


Posted by on March 14, 2009 at 02:33 AM EDT #

Hi Dave, Congratulations on getting a new position, I knew it wouldn't take you long; I wanted you to know I'm really glad for you. All the best for the future, Wayne

Posted by Wayne Horkan on March 14, 2009 at 08:19 PM EDT #

Congratulations Dave.

Posted by Rajiv Mordani on March 15, 2009 at 05:36 AM EDT #

Hi Dave, welcome to IBM!

Posted by Klaus Johannes Rusch on March 15, 2009 at 06:45 PM EDT #

Congratulations on this new job, Dave. All the best and keep in touch.

Posted by François Orsini on March 16, 2009 at 03:13 AM EDT #

Dave, welcome to big blue. this is very exciting. when we spoke in Feb at the tweetup about your prospects i didn't know ibm in the running. nonetheless, i think you'll do great things here. i look forward to talking more with you about our projects. again, welcome welcome! :) -Ryan

Posted by Ryan Boyles on March 16, 2009 at 12:47 PM EDT #

Post a Comment:
  • HTML Syntax: NOT allowed

« OAuth everywhere! | Main | Latest Links #42 »


This is just one entry in the weblog Blogging Roller. You may want to visit the main page of the weblog

Related entries

Below are the most recent entries in the category General, some may be related to this entry.