Hard to say goodbye

Well yesterday was my final day at Wachovia.  It was really hard to say goodbye to all the wonderful friends and colleagues I have made there but it was time to move on.  It was really difficult to leave such a great team that has created so many wonderful applications over the last couple of years.  Their Agile mind sets have been cultivated to the point of self sustainability and only great things can come from this group in the future.

My future path has lead to Rackspace where I will take on the role of an Enterprise Application Architect.  This will be a challenge for me since I really have a distaste for the term Architect as most of the individuals I have met in the past have little to zero exposure in application development.  This lack of experience has resulted in maneuvering this position as more of a governance and standards body, encroaching and decapitating development groups from producing great software under the guise of strategic vision and corporate guidance.  (Can you tell I am a little bitter?)

My goal is to partner and help the application development groups ALL create great software.  Utilizing the agile and pragmatic tool box to find the best tool for any given job.  In the end, the standards and policies will reveal themselves through the result of working software and ONLY though working software.  Partnership, transparency and open communication will be the foundation of the architecture.  Well it is time to put my money where my mouth is and get er done!

If anyone has been considering a job in San Antonio, I highly recommend Rackspace.  Their culture and principle help to foster creativity which results in creating a leading IT hosting provider.

About Joe Ocampo

My personal philosophy is simple: "Have a good strategy that sets the environment for success through the enablement of the whole. Be agile but with a mind towards pragmatism. Delegate to the best qualified individuals, but don’t be afraid to involve yourself in all parts of a job. Treat everyone with respect, humility, and with a genuine pursuit towards excellence." Respected business and technical leader with expertise in directing organization towards effective results driven outcomes. Proven ability to perform and communicate from both technical and business perspectives. Strong technical and business acumen developed through experience, education and training. Provides the ability to utilize technology, harness business intelligence and execute strategically by optimizing systems, tools and process. Passionate about building people, companies and software by containing cost, maximizing operational throughput and capitalize on revenue. Looks to leverage the strengths of individuals and grow the organization to their maximum potential by harnessing the power of their collective whole and deliver results. Co-Founder of LosTechies.com
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9 Responses to Hard to say goodbye

  1. Sergio Pereira says:

    Good luck Joe. Soon enough the thrill of the new job will shadow all the mixed feelings of leaving the previous one.

  2. Joe Ocampo says:


    Thank you for your kind words.

  3. Tom Sands says:

    Welcome to the team Joe, hopefully this transition will help to eliminate some of that distaste for “Architects”, and you enjoy your new team as much as your last.

    Tom Sands
    Chief Network Engineer
    Rackspace IT Hosting

  4. Dan Comer says:

    Joe, Welcome aboard. As one who comes from application development, your idea of architect is refreshing. I’m looking forward to partnering with you to create great, working software.

    Dan Comer

    Sr. Director, Application Development


  5. Scott Owens says:

    Welcome to a wonderfully challenging place to work and help build! It’s now time to practice what we preach and live ‘fanatically!’

  6. Joe Ocampo says:

    @ Tom, Dan, Scott

    WOW I had know idea you all read my blog! Thanks for the words of encouragement.

  7. Jimmy Bogard says:


    So I guess you can’t blog any more about all the jerks you work with…they’re reading your blog! :)

  8. Joe Ocampo says:

    No joke!

  9. ses5909 says:

    Congrats on the new job. I recently got a new job and it was really interesting to see the people who read my blog or listened to my podcast. They weren’t things I put on my resume so I didn’t expect it. But in this day and age, I suppose everyone is googled before they are hired.