September 2, 2012

Changing Roles

06052010-Kaj_Bergauer_14.jpg"Life is", goes a saying in my native Finland, a country not known for using superfluous words. While this saying may take compactness a tad too far, it's a great way to say "things happen", mostly to stoically adapt, sometimes to justify actions taken in order to adapt. The brevity of the expression adds not just to the perceived wisdom, but also makes resistance futile. The expected and usual reaction is agreement; I have yet to experience a situation where somebody would counterargue that "life is not".

The saying currently applies to me, in a positive sense. And while this is not the place for expanding on exactly how or what life is right now, the implication for my professional life is a different matter. I will be changing my role and job title within SkySQL, in order to allocate somewhat more time for life outside SkySQL, while at the same time remaining dedicated to the company I've been part of forming. I have never let go of the private dreams I had when joining SkySQL (sports, photography, writing, other creative pursuits), and the growth and maturity of SkySQL enables me to pursue some of those ideas today. Speaking of maturity, after many years at MySQL AB, a while at Sun Microsystems and a brief moment at Oracle, I will continue to work for SkySQL Ab to not just serve the ecosystem my colleagues and I have contributed to in our earlier lives. My higher ambition is for SkySQL Ab to become a leading player in the Cloud space, that may be ridden by hype at the moment, but nonetheless is a force about to mature.

My new role is "VP Collaboration". Wearing my new hat, I want to turn SkySQL Ab into a role model for frictionless, productive and creative work. This includes cross-departmental coordination, internal and external communication and collaboration, management reporting, tools, and creating the infrastructure for making decisions properly. And to stress what should be obvious, collaboration clearly reaches outside the company.

That's it. Do continue to interact with me as before, but expect me to sometimes send an onward pointer and introduction to my colleagues, in questions for which they are now the ones in charge. And, yes, we will recruit a new VP Products.

Life is!

About Kaj Arnö

One of the company founders, Kaj Arnö has been with the company from the start in October 2010. Kaj is a software industry generalist, having served as VP Professional Services, VP Engineering, CIO and VP Community Relations of MySQL AB prior to the acquisition by Sun. At Sun, Kaj served as MySQL Ambassador to Sun and Sun VP of Database Community. Kaj is board member of Carus Ltd Ab (Åland) and Footbalance System Oy (Finland) and was founder, CEO and 14 year main entrepreneur of Polycon Ab (Finland). His non-IT passion is to experience the world with his own muscle power.

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