May 19th, 2010

Keep Walking

I BM, you BM, we all BM for IBM!

Remember last week when I said I had some exciting news on the horizon? Well, here it is:

Well here it is: It looks like I'll be working for IBM again!

After my promotion with IBM's BCRS (Business Continuity and Resiliency Services) evaporated with the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy and being shuffled into a dead-end career with IBM's Delivery Compliance department -- then into the dole queue for almost two years, IBM's bringing me back in as a BRM (Business Recovery Manager), which is basically is a high-level Duty Manager (A Duty Manager is commonly a term used within the service industry. Usually a member of the management team, though increasingly someone employed to solely a Duty Manager or Manager on Duty is the first point of contact in the absent of a senior manager. For example, in a hotel in the absence of the General Manager, the Duty Manager will be in control of the hotel. In charge of ensuring all brand standards, policies and procedures set out by the company or General Manager are being executed.)

As with my last IBM position, this is also "work from home", which means that I will be able to travel as I used to and can do my job anywhere in the world there's an internet connection.

So, I'm looking forward to being able to seriously travel once again, without fear of where my next meal might be coming from. Woo Hoo! As my new position will be "very visible" to the customer and involves scores of high availability (production) servers, so there will undoubtedly be a lot of strange hours (late nights, weekends, holidays, etc.) and possibly business travel.

My IBM laptop arrived today, which is pretty much the sign that this is official.

... and now for the rest of the story:

It seems that when it rains, it pours. While waiting for IBM to complete the paperwork the past two weeks, three other job offers have come in -- one of which I will be going in for a second interview next week.

So... I might work either job (or both jobs for a while), it all depends on who has better pay and benefits. IBM has shown they have no concern for my well being, so it's bitter-sweet going back to them. The other position (which is an I/T management position) could be better for my career -- but, sadly, it's M-F onsite position, not remote/WFH.

We'll see which one wins shortly!