Goodbye Microsoft, Hello New Year and New Ventures

“All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” ~ Anatole France

This has pretty much been my feeling for the past few weeks, as I gathered my things and organized everything for my departure from Microsoft. As of today (or better saying, yesterday at midnight) I’m no longer working as a Senior Technical Instructor at Microsoft.

Combining my time at FAST, and then at Microsoft after the acquisition, I have been with the company for over 6 years. During this time I’ve made many friends, worked in challenging and exciting projects and also had a chance to spend a lot of time exploring, understanding and trying to help others understand (at least I hope so :)) the enterprise search world. In short, it was a lot of fun and I learned a LOT. Which is why I decided to change and keep learning…

Starting today I’m joining some great friends over at cXense as their Director Customer Excellence in Americas (US, Canada and Latin America), which is a very fancy title to say that I will continue doing what I love to do most: help customers to be successful.

As for the future of the blog, it will get even better. I will keep trying to help as much as I can, responding to questions and comments, as well as posting about enterprise search, this time also including posts about other flavors of search (such as Solr/Lucene and cXsearch, which I can’t wait to learn more about!). I’ve also invited a few friends, who are still working with SharePoint/FAST Search on a daily basis, to guest post here now and then. Questions about any of these search technologies will be more than welcome, as always!

6 years ago I got a call inviting me to join FAST and, by accepting that offer, I had one of my best professional experiences to date. When the same people called me again, this time with an invitation to join cXense, I had no choice than to say yes and look forward to many more adventures. 🙂

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