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Ch-Ch-Changes (lyrics by David Bowie)

Posted by Steve Pietrek on July 22, 2007

For the past 13 years I have been working on a Business Intelligence product sold mostly to manufacturing companies world-wide. Originally the tool we used was Forest & Trees; however, spending too much time dealing with its shortcomings as a lesser development tool we switched to Delphi 1 a few months after it was released. What a great decision that was!

With the advent of .NET and C#, I realized it was important to update my skills so for the past 3.5 years I have been learning .NET in my spare time. The main reason for my original blog was to track interesting posts on mostly .NET so I could go back and search on them at a later time. Things changed however at last year’s DevConnections conference. I sat in on many SharePoint presentations and was instantly smitten with SharePoint. For the past 9 months, I have been reading up and messing around with SharePoint. I created a separate SharePoint-specific blog earlier this year to keep track of interesting SharePoint links.

Late last year a consulting company contacted me (after finding my blog) about the possibility of working for them. At the time I was not interested since I was not actively looking but after hearing about the opportunity and meeting different people, I became more and more interested in the possibility of making a move. After careful consideration, consultation from Andrew Connell and Jim Holmes, and discussions with my wife, I decided it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. The biggest reason is the ability to work with SharePoint on a daily basis and to work with wicked smart folks such as Sean and Leon who I know I can learn tons from. Therefore, I am happy to announce I will now be a full-time SharePoint and ASP.NET consultant for a consulting company here in Cincinnati starting July 30. It is definitely going to be a challenge since there is tons I need to learn with SharePoint but it is a challenge I am ready for and excited about.

As Scott mentioned in his post on making a move to Microsoft, leaving my current employer was a super difficult decision but it was the best decision for my family and I. My last day is tomorrow (July 23). I wish John, Tom, Mark, Michele, my wife, and the rest of the group the best of luck.

If you are in need of SharePoint consulting, let me know!


One Response to “Ch-Ch-Changes (lyrics by David Bowie)”

  1. Jim Holmes said

    Congrats on the new job, Steve! I look forward to reading about your experiences!

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