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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Time to take the red pill.

00:00 Tuesday, March 1, 2011 Posted by Test 11 comments:
It was nice. Being a part of the Center of Competence IT-Architecture at the msg.Applied Technology Research for nearly eight years has brought me where I am. It was a pleasure to help customers, projects and coworkers with their daily problems around Java EE and my favorite application servers. But things need progress and there is no progress without change. So it was time to decide weather to take the blue pill - end the thoughts, and wake up in my bed and believe whatever I want to believe. Or to take the red pill - staying in Wonderland and looking how deep the rabbit-hole goes. (see: Matrix quotes)

This is what I did. I took the red pill and so the new year will bring some changes for me. I will be leaving the position I am in. Moving on to another division within the msg systems ag, called Insurance Business Consulting. I will be part of the IT-Strategy and Architecture department and as such working with our customers on their visions and needs. As expected, I have to change my working habits a bit. In the past I was frequently helping a lot of projects during the year (~40/year makes roughly 300 projects in the past years ;) ). From now on, I will work on fewer but probably bigger projects and have the opportunity to structure and design a lot more and do less firefighting.
All this will hopefully not influence my involvement with the Java EE / GlassFish / Oracle community out there. I'll try to get posts out as usual. Even if it looks like, I can not avoid to spend one or two words on insurance related topics in the future :)  So, thanks again for listening and reading. Moving on with an exciting 2011!


  1. Best of luck to you in your new position Markus! I sure hope we get to keep reading your great blogs. Cheers, James Bayer

  2. Congratulations Markus, you've been a great supporter of GlassFish!

  3. Thank you guys! I am very looking forward to it!
    @Arun: I hope, I will stay one ;)

  4. Best of luck Markus. Keep up the energetic blogging!

  5. Congtaulations Markus! I'm sure you'll bring fresh insight to your new department, plus, as they say "a change is as good as a rest" (I'm not convinced myself!).

  6. Congrats, Markus! I look forward to your insight into architectural issues.

  7. Bob! Thanks! Looking forward to publish more relevant content for your archbeat community ;)