warning-challengesAs I get closer to my 6 year anniversary at IBM (I’m almost 2 months away), I have decided it is time to try something new.  No I am not leaving IBM :) I am just taking a new role within a new organization.  Starting March 1st I will be part of a team of developer advocates within IBM’s Emerging Internet Technologies group, ET for short.  My primary focus in my developer advocacy role will be to help promote IBM’s new PaaS offering codenamed BlueMix.  I am really excited about this new opportunity for a number of reasons.  First, it allows me to help build a developer ecosystem full time!  While I was with ICS this was something I did on the side because I liked working with other developers and helping them build cool apps, now it will be my primary focus :).  Secondly, it is in a completely different space than I was working in before.  There is a whole bunch of new technologies and programming models at play, which gets the geek inside of me really excited.    Third BlueMix is an offering from IBM like I have not seen before, and it is not just limited to the enterprise. Check out my blog post about BlueMix.

With that said it was a tough decision to leave ICS.  I have made a number of good friends both inside and outside of IBM.  The ICS community has been great to me, and I have learned so much from everyone.  I think there are great things ahead for the ICS community and products, and I can’t wait to see how things play out over the coming months.  I won’t completely out of the ICS picture though, I already have some ideas of how the technology ICS offers can intersect with BlueMix, hopefully I can put something together for a nice session at Connect 2015!

Ryan J Baxter

Husband, Father, Software Engineer