Well this is a weird post to write.
At the end of July (after BriForum), I will be leaving TechTarget (and therefore BrianMadden.com). Gabe and Jack will continue in their current roles, writing about and analyzing the desktop and mobile space, so for them, TechTarget, and the BrianMadden.com website, it will be business as usual, just without me.
After 21 years in the IT industry, (including the past 14 in the very public “media” side of things), I’m taking a break to figure out what I want to do next.
Looking back at my role in the IT industry, not a day goes by that I don’t appreciate having been able to work with my best friend for 18 years, my brother for 11 years, and to have made friends all over the world. I love that my living room is full of friends when major conferences are in San Francisco, and that I have places to stay when I’m in the UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Singapore, Dubai, Australia, Hong Kong, and so many other places in the world thanks to the friends I’ve met in this industry.
I’m also thankful that I’ve had a front row seat in what’s become the desktop virtualization industry as companies worldwide have tried to figure out how to modernize and deliver their Windows desktop applications. I appreciate that I was able to be part of the conversation and share what I learned with millions of readers. Since starting BrianMadden.com, I’ve written over 2000 blog posts, 5 books, given over 500 speeches & presentations, acted in almost 150 videos, hosted 23 Geek Out game shows, started a conference which we held 20 times (with over 800 breakout sessions), and flown almost 2 million miles.
Speaking of that conference, TechTarget will certainly continue to host desktop virtualization events, but this July will be the last “BriForum”, so if you’re on the fence about attending BriForum 2016 Boston, I suggest that you come this year! :)
Thanks for reading and commenting all these years. Seriously, the fact that we’ve had a public website for 14 years that didn’t devolve into a troll jerk fest is pretty awesome. I’ve heard from numerous people that the comments and community on BrianMadden.com are often more valuable than the content we write. :) So thank you for that.
As I said, Gabe and Jack will continue in their current roles writing on BrianMadden.com, so keep on reading what they write and sharing your thoughts and opinions in the comments.
In the meantime, I’ve got another month or so of posts to write and the 20th BriForum to prepare for. So I’m off, see you in Boston in July!