Back to consulting

Got WMQ security work?  I’m happy to report I’ll soon be available for consulting engagements!  After a couple of years in WebSphere MQ Product Management, and 6 before that in IBM Software Services, I’ve given notice to IBM and will be available for engagements as of May 13th.

My IMPACT sessions are in process of being reassigned so I’ve adjusted the schedule on the previous blog post.  I left “Meet The Experts” on the schedule, I’ll just be in the audience this time around.  I’ll also be there for the book signing and there are 100 copies printed (including the updated typos) so come by the table Tuesday at Noon.  I believe that Neil Casey will also be in attendance and at the book signing.

The new business is IoPT Consulting.  If you’ve heard of Internet of Things, the name of the business refers to Internet of People & Things.  My biggest gripe with the first wave of IoT devices is that they neglected to consider the people who would use them.  The cool factor of a light switch, door lock, web cam or other device controlled from your phone wears off pretty quick when you have to have 50 apps to control 50 categories of device and they don’t talk to one another.  Of course IoT has no appeal at all when your Internet connection goes dark and the house blue-screens.  I’d like to build an Internet of Things that values the people who own those things and, by the way, WebSphere messaging and MQTT are one of the best ways to do that.

I’ll be available as of May 13 as an independent or, for customers with preferred vendor rosters, through one of several established firms.  I can provide short- or long-term engagements for architecture design, performance tuning, outage resolution, migration, staff augmentation, and of course security.  Lots of security.  Call me for details st 704-443-TROB or see me at IMPACT.

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5 Responses to Back to consulting

  1. Joel Canon says:

    As Mr. Spock would say, “fascinating.” See you at IMPACT! Let’s talk…

  2. Shashi says:

    I am surprised as well as feeling sad. Wish you the very best.

  3. T.Rob says:

    Thanks, Valerie!

    Rolland, I have agreements in principle with some firms but have not finalized anything pending the announcement. At this point I’m happy to take inquiries and am confident one of the firms will be on the approved list for just about anyone. I offered to sub for ISSW but have not heard back from IBM whether they will take me up on that. They guys in ISSW qualified to do WMQ security also happen to be good at Broker, WAS, the BPM stack, etc. They tend not to have availability for security gigs due to being tied up on these other things. So I expect the need will be there and tried to do this gracefully without burning bridges. We’ll see what happens.

  4. Valerie Lampkin says:

    Best Wishes for your new endeavor.

  5. Rolland Everitt says:

    T-Rob, I hope ISSW can deploy you, as there is usually work for someone of your skills. Which of the “established firms” will you align with?

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