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From ThoughtWorks to Neo Technology

May 12th, 2011  |  Published in Neo4j by Ian Robinson

Last Friday (May 6th) marked a watershed in my career, being the day I left ThoughtWorks to join Neo Technology.

ThoughtWorks has been my professional home for over seven years; its technical excellence, together with its cultural and professional attitudes, are deeply imbued in my approach to software development. I leave behind many good friends, a new generation of technical leaders, and a company whose focus on the entire value stream of software delivery will continue to reinvigorate and challenge the industry for a long time to come.

But what a company to move on to! Neo Technology is prominently stationed at the most exciting extreme of the NoSql spectrum; its graph database, Neo4j, tackles the complexity inherent in a densely connected information universe head on. As a fit for my interests in data, its representation, and the meaning that can be extracted from pursuing the many intricate relationships between connected entities (an interest that goes all the way back to my building a hypertext system while doing postgraduate research), it can’t be bettered. On top of that, it’s a friendly, welcoming company built on innovation and deep technical excellence. I’m incredibly pleased and proud to join such an awesome team.

With the delightful title ‘Director of Customer Success’ (how I’m tempted to add an exclamation mark to that…), I’m responsible for ensuring our customers get the very best value from Neo and its technologies. It’s a wide-ranging remit; one that I’ll be rounding out in more detail over the next few weeks. In the meantime I’ll be meeting some of our customers from around the world, and diving into the code to better understand the inner workings of the database. Perhaps I’ll meet some of you at the next Neo4j User Group meetup in London on May 31st. And if you’re interested in learning more about Neo4j and/or love Doctor Who and want to explore its universe in more depth, look out for the day-long tutorials that Jim Webber and I will be running throughout the rest of this year (with the first at UberConf in Denver, July 12-15).

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