Job Changes, Blog Changes

So I’ve up and switched jobs.

After four years, over two of those as an Enterprise Architect, I’ve bid goodbye to Compassion and am re-entering the world of consulting.

I loved my job at Compassion, there were some tough challenges and trying times, but there were many great victories and joyful seasons. And I’d like to think I helped contribute to some of the recent successes for both IT and the burgeoning EA group. For example:

1) Moving EA Out – The value of EA has been recognized at the executive-level, mostly due to the tireless efforts of my boss over the last six years. For the last two, I’ve tried to help in any way I could. As a result of this new success and visibility, the EA group will be moving out of IT and into the Global Strategy organization at Compassion. EA moving out of IT is a trend that Gartner is noting with increased frequency, and I am excited to think that the Compassion EA group will be among the first to align itself with the business WHILE maintaining a strong connection with IT.

2) Architects, Architects Everywhere – Over the last two years, we’ve been working to evangelize the need for more architect-level positions throughout the IT organization. This summer, those positions were added to the organization as a part of an IT-wide restructure that just wrapped a few months ago. Since then, I’ve been working with these new domain architects and have been very impressed at the talent and skill they bring to the organization. Their presence will aid Compassion greatly in the future, and I’m happy to have had a chance to work with them, even if for a short time.

3) A Vision for the Future – Last year, I wrote several posts on a vision for Composite applications that we were calling the Composite Application Framework, or CAF. (Apparently I need to find out what happened to all the images in my older posts) Since we authored that vision, it has been adopted by the organization and IT has been building the foundation of the CAF for nearly a year. Even though I’m an outsider to the process now, I’m excited as a sponsor of three Compassion children to see how that vision enhances the ability of the ministry to reach both children and sponsors. Take it from me, I think it’s gonna be awesome.

And in spite of all of that, and a million other fantastic things I’ve been blessed to be a part of, I’ve been called elsewhere.

As of today, I’m a Practice Architect for Thought Ascent, Inc. a IT consulting and services company based in Colorado Springs. There were a lot of reasons for my taking the job, but suffice it to say that I’ve been offered an opportunity that aligns with my goals and desires, both personally and professionally, so I jumped at the chance. It was tough to leave such a great organization, and one that is doing such amazing things, but I know that they’ll continue to do well and I can’t wait to see the amazing impact that Compassion continues to have in releasing children from poverty around the globe.

So what does this mean for the blog, you ask? (Or perhaps I just pretend you ask)

I’ll keep resume blogging, for one thing. And while I still plan to talk about Enterprise-scale Architecture, I’ll be mixing in a healthy dose of code from the .NET world. That said, expect that I’ll spend less time talking about EA as a management discipline and more time talking about EA as a framework for solution delivery.

Bottom line, the initial goal of User InExperience remains the same: To document the thoughts and discoveries of this (mostly inexperienced) wanderer as he navigates the nooks and crannies of of technology and often finds himself in the right place at the right time.

How’s that for establishing authority? In any case, I hope you’ll stick around.