For the last 2 days, I have been trying to log onto WP but kept getting logged out. No clue why. Maybe WP was not too happy with the proxy settings at my new work place. But I guess like all other things in life, it came around.
So yes, back to the subject, I have changed my job. Technically, I am still working for the same company (Oracle Corporation) but in reality, it’s a different company (Sun Microsystems). Let me explain. Oracle has acquired 66 companies in the last 5 years, one of them being Sun Microsystems, which was one of its most strategic and largest acquisitions.
Oracle was primarily a software company. Our flagship product was the database. We also sold enterprise applications like ERP, CRM etc, middleware like application server, business intelligence, content management and identity management. Oracle is the clear market leader in all of the above software domains. With the acquisition of Sun, Oracle now even sells hardware (servers, storage, operating system, virtualization etc). This has been the talk of the IT world for the last 18 months. And everyone is waiting with baited breaths to see what Oracle does with Sun’s hardware business.
Well, the wait is over. Oracle is going head-on in competition with IBM, HP and Dell in this market. This is a very important time in Oracle’s history. We are venturing into a new line of business.
What’s in it for me? Well this is going to be a high-priority, high-stakes, high-visibility job. Every single eye is on Oracle to see if we fail or succeed in taking off with this $8 billion acquisition. I have joined a new team which was conceived a couple of months back. I am essentially responsible for all hardware sales in this region. But my focus area this time is going to be east and sub-Saharan Africa this time. Lots of challenges. Lots of traveling. Lots of excitement. I am thrilled.
My first assignment is to fly down to Johannesburg this week for a few round table strategy meetings. Flying out tomorrow afternoon and will be back on Saturday morning. Which means I will be spending most of my birthday tomorrow on an Emirates aircraft!
And that really sucks. I do have plans to celebrate with family tonight. May not get a chance to wish myself or do a customary birthday post tomorrow so all of you can rope in your wishes here or to my FB profile!
Cheers 🙂 And thanks for the wishes, in advance! 🙂