A New Chapter Begins…

Hi friends and followers, today I want to tell you about a new chapter in my life:

I am changing jobs once again.

I never expected to be writing this only a year and a half after joining Navantis and his was one of the toughest choices I’ve made in my professional career: I have really loved working at Navantis. The team and leadership are people whom I hope will remain friends long after this change. The company is doing really well (Microsoft’s Canadian Partner of the Year) and growing rapidly.

When I was contacted about a potential new position, I responded the same way that I have done a hundred times over the past year: “No thanks, happy where I am” (or, if they are just spamming me without even checking what I do, I’d just delete them).

But this time it was different, and I listned to this call: I had always wondered about working for one of the ‘big guys’ (like Deloitte, or Accenture) and this was a chance for a piece of that.

So, in August, I’ll be joining Avanade. Avanade is the worlds largest global Microsoft Partner, 20% owned by Microsoft and 80% owned by Accenture. They have 15,000 employees world-wide and I’ll be joining as “Director, Collaboration Solutions” in the Toronto office.

My new position allows me to continue my SharePoint Community involvement, so you’ll still see me at TSPUG, TSPBUG, as well as speaking at conferences and SharePoint Saturdays (currently on the schedule for 2012: SharePoint Saturday Ozarks and SHARE2012 in Melbourne Australia).

I’m very much looking forward to my new challenges at Avanade, and to continuing to learn about the incredibly deep product that is SharePoint, and then applying my knowledge to building great solutions for my clients.


About Ruven Gotz

Ruven Gotz is a Director with Avanade, Microsoft’s Global Partner. As a Microsoft SharePoint MVP with over 20 years of IT industry experience, Ruven has spent the past nine years delivering award-winning SharePoint solutions for a wide range of clients. Working as a Business Analyst and Information Architect, Ruven is able to apply his eclectic education and varied experience in Psychology, Computer Science, Economics, Software Development and Training to get to the heart of complex problems. Ruven is a great communicator who is able to discuss technology concepts in language that is relevant to his audience, whether they are from IT or business. He has become a leader in the use of visual tools to help his clients and team members achieve shared understanding of problems and goals and shared commitment towards implementing a successful solution. Ruven recently authored “Practical SharePoint 2010 Information Architecture” (Apress) Ruven lives in Toronto, Canada. On Tuesday nights in the summer, you’ll find him racing his 24’ sailboat ‘In the Groove’ (NOTE: Ideas and opinions on this blog are my own: I am not representing my employer.)
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5 Responses to A New Chapter Begins…

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  2. Cheryl Loraas says:

    That is a great title Ruven. And so much deserved. You will be missed but I’m proud to have worked with and known you and look forward to what you become in your new fantastic role!

    Take care and keep in touch,

    Cheryl Loraas

  3. Congratulations on the new role as Director with Avanade. I’m sure that your wealth of past experiences with serve you well with such a respected global Microsoft partner. Much success to you in your new position. You’ll do great!

  4. Avanade is lucky to have you and will be extremely successful as a result. 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing what new experiences you encounter in your new role, and hearing about what working for a larger consultancy is like.

    Best of luck in your new role and new employer.

    Your friend, follower, and fan.

  5. Ruven Gotz says:

    Thanks to all for the good wishes!

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