I’ve made the biggest change in my day job since 1994. I’ve moved from management consulting into a pre-sales role with Software Group. This actually means that I do more-or-less the same thing as before (i.e. IT strategy), but the work is “free” to the client, funded by IBM to accelerate sales. This is consistent with the spirit of Palisades, where “best customer is an informed customer”, and we can provide some intelligence/information on IT solutions that they might not otherwise get.
For me, this means I’m essentially back to life on the road. I’ll have a work permit to travel in the U.S., and, on average, will be away from home more than at home. The upside is that this new team seems to have a habit of staying away from peak travel times, so I may be able to avoid the Monday-morning crush at Pearson airport, as everyone tries to get through the U.S. immigration bottleneck.
I’ve had the benefit of transitioning into a job where there’s a small overlap with my predecessor, so my first gig was in Richmond, Virginia. Given travel connections, I flew into Reagan airport (in Washington, D.C.), and drove down to Richmond. Since Ian knows the area well, I asked him where I might stop for lunch, and he suggested Alexandria. Nice town, college atmosphere.