Goodbye Big Blue

After over twelve years I am leaving IBM.

At the beginning of May I will be starting a new job at the Financial Times, working on the ft.com team as a Senior Developer. I’ll be working in London at the FT offices at Southwark Bridge, and Lana and I are moving from Ireland back to the UK. We are looking to base ourselves in St. Albans so I’ll be joining the commuter rat race on a daily basis.

After 8 1/2 years in Hursley (covered here) and nearly four years in Dublin working on Lotus Connections, leaving has not been a decision I’ve taken lightly. That being said, it is time for a new challenge and to experience a different environment. I’m incredibly excited by the new opportunity and also the team I’ll be working with on software engineering projects to help drive forward the already successful digital delivery of such an iconic news organization. I’m also looking forward to the opportunity to further expand my experience of agile development, something that the ft.com team practice heavily, and to get the opportunity to use and assess technologies which for various reasons would not be options in the type of products I’ve worked on in IBM.

I’ve worked with a huge number of fantastic people in my time in IBM and many that I consider not just as colleagues but as good friends. It would be great to keep in touch via LinkedIn and/or Twitter.

7 thoughts on “Goodbye Big Blue

  1. Adrian, this is awful news for us! However, this is great for you and I’m glad to hear that you have a new opportunity and road ahead. I hope we get to work together again soon.
    Thanks for everything! – Mac

  2. It will be awesome to have you back in the UK and within meetup distance… but I’m really sorry to hear that you’ve decided to change organisations. Good luck at the FT, I suspect I’ve been to the location you’re going to be based at – nice place and they are certainly one of the news organisations doing some interesting digital things. You’ll be a great addition for them, I’m sure.

  3. First thought: not another one! I’m going to have to dig out the class of 98 and see who’s left. Good luck with the new job. I’m guessing a certain season ticket is back on the cards?!

  4. Hi Adrian! Goodness! This surely is quite a big piece of news! What an amazing and incredible opportunity! Congratulations!! I am really excited for you, mate, and although we are the ones losing out here, I am pretty sure you will be doing just wonderful over at FT! I want to take this opportunity to thank you greatly for the wonderful work you have done over the course of the years surely making a huge difference that I am certain will permeate as well over at FT. Way too cool!!

    Also, even better, when my chances to meeting up F2F will increase with your move to London… Looking forward for our next meet up and please don’t be a stranger, keep in touch, even if one tweet at a time ;-))

    Congratulations, Adrian! Well done and well deserved! 🙂

  5. Adrian,
    Sorry to hear you are leaving, but I am sure that you won’t forget your old friends in IBM. After 8.5 years you must be well and truly bluewashed 🙂
    Brian

  6. Adrian, great news for you, hope our paths continue to cross, perhaps in London Bridge. Best wishes for the future. Thanks for all your help. Dave

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