Thursday, June 12, 2014

It's Time for a New Adventure!

I'll miss my parking spot!

Goodbye IBM...

This Spring, I left IBM and now find myself trying to figure out what I really want to be when I grow up.

While I will very much miss being an "IBMer" and I miss my IBM colleagues terribly, I am looking at this change as an opportunity to explore some new things and reconnect with some older interests.

New things

I'm still very interested in social business and all aspects of technology. I will comment on the latest tech news and trends as often as possible. 

Older interests

I plan on returning to the university, focusing on information technology and project management studies. 

I've always wanted to write a book about my parents - they grew up in the Great Depression and personally experienced WW2 and the Cold War. I want to capture those stories before it's too late. Now I have some time to start this project.

I also have a new role in my military career. For over 20 years now, I have been a member of my state's Air National Guard. Recently, I was selected for a new role, concentrating on Massachusetts' emergency management and critical event planning. This is an area that I find extremely interesting and rewarding. Who knows, maybe this will be my new career...

Blog Background

I'm starting this blog because while I've written a blog for IBM Electronic Support for years, it was all about IBM tools and sites, not about the lessons I've learned doing marketing, social business, and emergency management for over a decade now.

I can't promise I'll keep this blog always focused on business - my other love, Jeeps, may sneak in once in a while along with some military articles.

Well, let's see where this takes us - I hope you'll find my ramblings useful and possibly entertaining...

 - Pat O'C

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