After nearly nine years at Memset Ltd, I’m leaving to pursue application support and management for an e-commerce agency based in Wimbledon (hence the mysterious Wombles theme tune post).
I’ve generally loved my time at Memset, but I feel that I’ve spent far too long in the customer service role and want to get back to proper sysadminning – tinkering (within reasonable, established procedures) with stuff to get it working optimally and keeping it online.
What excites me about working for my new employers is that as they are a very well established company, they’ve chosen to offload management of the day to day stuff. Thus, G Suite for Business, managed hosting, etc. which leaves somebody such as myself time to automate stuff and make sure everything works around the application that we supply and support.
While scripting has never been a particularly strong point of mine (never had the time or patience), I don’t shy away from it. In the past I’ve written Perl, PHP and Bash scripts to do a variety of repetitive stuff. How efficient those scripts are is anybody’s guess, but they did work! One downside is that if I spent any great amount of time away from doing these things, I forget it. So I’ve been fortunate to pick up some digital O’Reilly and other technical books on the cheap, so I have reference books to bone up on. If this is one thing that I am looking forward to with this job is to get into scripting properly and take it to the next level.
So I think this is a good career move for me. I think my time working in the web hosting industry has come to an end.