I have often considered what people would consider the perfect employment. It is easy to point out all the things that may be wrong with the current employment situation that an individual is in, and not much more difficult to highlight the positives. The questions lies with what that balance point is and how that balance point meets an individual’s needs, desires and goals. This is the self-reflection that can become extremely difficult for many people in the work force today. I know personally I have had to struggle with this balance debating what is critical to me and my family and what are the points that are not as critical.
A number of years ago I started a company that focused on offering a Remote DBA for to companies who did not have enough DBA work to justify having a full time DBA on staff. I had my challenges with that company, most of the challenges I was faced with was the learning curve of owning my own company. I was so motivated on fulfilling the technical part of the position and helping the customers with the needs they had, that I did spend the time I should of learning the business aspect of the company.
Any of you who are considering becoming a consultant by starting your own organization I urge you spend quite a bit of time developing a plan and learning the key aspects and building plans for those before you make the decision.
Today I am choosing to look forward into the future, when I debate what my ideal work environment is, I have a number of points that don’t line up with what I am currently doing. So looking into the past I learn from what I have done, what my satisfaction with that has been, and then I use that to help shape my future and where I want to go. This brings me back to Remote DBA services, customer service, problem solving and reliable database systems. A focus in Disaster Recovery and High Availability solutions sprinkled with giving back to the community and teaching is where I want to be.
Starting July 15th I will be making a slight change in what I am doing today, rather than working with Xtivia on a part time basis on individual contracts only, I will be focused on working with Xtivia full time. I see this as a perfect fit for many reasons, primarily the Virtual DBA offering. Xtivia has a number of offerings, and that is one of the many things that contributes to the reason they are strong as they are. The aspects to my Virtual DBA idea where I was weak and could not go it alone is negated by a great support structure at Xtivia. They have been offering this service for number of years and they are proving it to be very successful. They are growing fast, and are extremely flexible, this gives them the ability to help customers no matter what the needs are.
When I work on the balance in my professional life, I feel relaxed. That comes from the satisfaction of know I am contributing to the best of my ability and my goals are the same as the organization. This satisfaction then helps with the balance of my personal and professional life. I can tell you that my family and I could not be more excited about this new step I am taking.