Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bye Logica. Hello APEX-Evangelists!

17 years ago I started at working at CMG. 17 years! That's a long time, and a lot of things have changed during that period. CMG became LogicaCMG. LogicaCMG became Logica. And recently Logica merged with CGI - and the new name will probably be just CGI in a few months or years. So the company grow from a few thousand people mainly in The Netherlands and the UK to over 70,000 worldwide now. And you can imagine the structure of the organisation changed as well, from a team oriented approach to a more multi layered management structure. And, in my experience, meanwhile the culture of the organisation changed from a employee centred company to a shareholder (a.k.a. "money") centred organisation. So Logica as it is now, is a completely different company is the one I started 17 years ago. 
So, a few months ago, that made me think: Would i spend the rest of my working life - what is still 20 years or so - at this company. And my answer was "No". So what's next? I could work for one of the competitors. but that wouldn't make a big change, wouldn't it? I might find a job at a "regular" company - not being some kind of IT integration company. That could be interesting, but I might find it somewhat boring after a few years. So what's another option?  Starting a company for myself  - or become independent is!
I talked with a some people that already made that decision earlier and they made me even more enthusiastic as I already was. I also talked to Dimitri and John from APEX Evangelists and there we found a match. APEX Evangelists was looking for a way to grow and saw The Netherlands as an interesting opportunity. So after some talks, emails, etc. we agreed I will start a Dutch branch of APEX Evangelists! And that's official as of today... 
I am looking forward to expand the AE business in The Netherlands and work closely together with John and Dimitri. So, starting today, you can contact me at roel<at>apex-evangelists<dot>com...

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