Maybe April Fool's Day is the wrong day for this, but in all seriousness...
Today is my last day at Network World and IDG, where I’ve spent the past 25 years of a 30-year career in technology journalism. Indeed, today is technically my last day in technology journalism – I’m starting a new job in networking market research and analysis at 451 Research on Monday.
I think this might be the first story I wrote for Network World. My first story ever in technology journalism was a small, inside page filler for Electronic News on an Alcatel central office switch.
What you're reading right now is my last as a full time reporter and editor for Network World. That it comes a week after our 30th anniversary makes it all the more bittersweet.
I want to take this time to thank Network World and IDG, and in particular SVP and Chief Content Officer John Gallant, and Editor in Chief John Dix, for being so good to my family and me for the past quarter century. They gave me an opportunity, put their faith, trust and confidence in me, and allowed me to succeed, start a family, buy my first home, and save for college and eventual retirement. And they stayed with me through at least two significant industry upheavals: the dot.com bubble of 2000, and the Great Recession of 2008. I’ve had the full life experience at Network World and IDG, beginning when John Dix interviewed me at Boston’s Logan Airport in 1991 after I flew up from my home in New York City. For the next 25 years, I never looked back… until now, in sincere humility and gratitude.
I also want to thank you for your loyal readership. I tried to serve you as best I could with objective, balanced and unbiased coverage of the computer networking industry. By my own measure, sometimes I hit it and sometimes I didn’t. But I always looked forward to attempting to provide you with each side of a story, based on two pieces of sage advice I received early in my journalism career from my first editors at Electronic News (to whom I also owe a huge debt of gratitude): what is the deliverer not saying; and interview your typewriter. The first is obvious. The second challenged me to analyze without editorializing. I’ll leave it to you as to whether I was successful or not. All I can do is Thank You for your continued readership and critique. It encouraged me to be a better reporter. And I know it will serve me well as I begin my next chapter as an analyst.
So while it might be farewell to Network World, IDG and technology journalism, it will be “hello from the other side” of market research. I look forward to seeing and working with many of you again from that plane. And I Thank You again for the opportunity to serve you, learn from you and grow with you these past 25-30 years, and hopefully for the next several.
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