With the release of GroupWise 2014, I am closing a chapter in my career that I can only look back on with amazement. I have worked for WordPerfect-Novell-Attachmate for 24 years. On June 2nd, a page will turn and a new chapter will begin.
I have enjoyed so many things about the opportunities, experiences, assignments, and projects that I have been privileged to work on. But most of all, I have been truly blessed to have been surrounded by people who are intelligent, kind, and professional. I have traveled the world and met with customers, partners, colleagues, competitors, and industry experts. I am thrilled every time I am able to meet one of you in person. What an absolutely amazing community that this product – GroupWise – has created! It has shaped my career and contributed richly to my life!
This blog – the GroupWise Blog – has been my friend and enemy for the last 6 years. I have utilized this medium to share information, to solicit feedback, and to build a community. If you have been a faithful follower, or just an occasional peruser, I include you in my circle of friends and thank you for making this important.
It was valuable to me that I was able to help deliver GroupWise 2014 before I left. The new features and dynamic user interface are an important step forward for GroupWise. This release represents extensive research and effort in areas our customers have requested, so I am happy GroupWise can now offer many of you the features you’ve long requested.
Though they’ve not yet announced a replacement for me, I know I’m leaving Novell and GroupWise in very capable hands. There is a plan already in place to conduct a very thorough search to find the most suitable candidate to lead GroupWise into the future. GroupWise has been instrumental to the growth of Novell over the last three decades and will continue to be an integral part of Novell’s strategy for decades to come.
It will be hard to see GroupWise go on without me, but go on it will.
If you do have specific questions after my departure, contact Rick Carlson, Director of Product Management, at RJCarlson@novell.com.
It has been a wonderful 24 years here at Novell. Thanks to all of my colleagues who continue to make it such a special place. Please let me express my deep gratitude for your friendship and the bonds we share. While its a great big world, I hope to cross paths with you again soon. Please leave me a note on this blog or just send me an email 🙂
I would love to hear from all of you one more time – so Say Something!