Monday, 23 June 2008

So Long and Thanks for All the Open Source

After almost sixteen years at IBM I've made the most difficult decision since leaving Vancouver to work for IBM in Toronto: I've resigned from IBM. Where will I be going? I'm not sure yet, but don't expect to see any less of me!


Being independent, like Jeff and Chris, certainly has a great deal of appeal. I'm also very excited by the things I see Itemis, Obeo, TOPCASED, and the rest of the diverse community doing in the modeling space. Of course to say I'm excited by what's happening is an understatement since that's the primary motivation for my decision: to focus on exciting and innovative new things of my own choosing. The Eclipse community is both inspiring and empowering. I'm grateful to be part of it. Expect that to continue and then some as I immerse myself fully.


So long IBM, and thanks for all the open source!

16 comments:

Scott Lewis said...

Ed I'm stunned...but very happy for you as I sense this is a good thing for you.

Best of luck in your new endeavors. I hope we get a chance to work together...more than we have to this point. Please keep in touch...I do hope that this works in favor of even more of your attention on EMF.

Chris Aniszczyk (zx) said...

Good luck and welcome to the other side ;)

Jeff McAffer said...

Ed. I can't believe you fell for that "grass is greener (or is it less blue) on the other side" stuff that people talk about ;-) Seriously, have fun and keep on smiling. Let me know if I can help in some way...

Ian Bull said...

Best of luck Ed! Thanks for all the help you gave me, especially during my time at IBM.

You will do great things!!!

Steve said...

Goodbye Ed! Thanks for your support and energy over the years.

Steve

Ian Skerrett said...

Good luck Ed. I am sure you will be very successful as an independent. Everyone uses EMF and you are the EMF guy!

Fitz said...

Good luck Ed, you'll be missed at IBM I'm sure, but we'll be happy you're still a part of the booming EC. :)

Kim Moir said...

Ed, good luck with your new opportunities! You will be missed. Did the committer reps drink an IBM antidote? :-)

Craig said...

Good luck Ed! We at IBM will miss you terribly. It was a great pleasure to work with an engineer of your outstanding caliber. I learned so much from working with you over the years and I'm especially grateful to you for mentoring me in my early days at IBM and imparting your wisdom. I only wish my brain was large enough to absorb more :-P

oisin said...

Congratulations, Ed and best wishes. There, I didn't mention the book at all.

Karsten Thoms said...

Good luck, Ed. I hope you will stay with the Eclipse Community. Thanks for all work so far.

Tom Morris said...

I'm shocked. I should check in more often.

Best wishes for the future. Eclipse will miss you.

Hao said...

Good luck Ed, I appreciate your contributions to eclipse.

Anonymous said...

Ed, thanks for all your effort, help, and quick replies. I wish you all the best.

Ronaldo

Ed Willink said...

Well done. EMF is in good shape.

Welcome to the wider modeling world. There's lots to do.

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