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Goodbye Ibuildings, hello Egeniq

A couple of years ago, when I joined Ibuildings, it was because I had a passion for PHP and the PHP community, and Ibuildings was THE company embodying this spirit. I’ve got the opportunity to work at some of the most amazing projects, and met some of the smartest people in PHP-land. However since about a year, I’ve noticed my interests shifting a lot to mobile and mobile development. Of course I’m still as passionate about PHP as I was a few years ago, but I feel that mobile development is quite close to web development in a couple of ways, especially nowadays when people often expect to have internet available at all times. After focussing more and more on mobile development and seeing a huge future in it, I decided it was time for me to move on and leave Ibuildings.

To better match my combined interest of PHP and mobile development, I decided to join Egeniq. For those who don’t know Egeniq, they’re an awesome mobile technology company, founded 7 months ago by my former colleagues PeterBas and Ivo. Other than your average mobile app shop, they focus on proper software engineering, architecture, performance and scalability. They build on the years of experience they have in the PHP world and bring that expertise to the mobile business. They’re also really into geek stuff, and mobile devices fit nicely into that category, too :-)

Even though deciding on leaving Ibuildings was probably the hardest career decision I ever had to make, I very much look forward playing around with all things mobile and working closely with my former colleagues again. Exciting! :-) I’d like to thank Ibuildings for the opportunities they gave me and all the wonderful people over there, from whom I’ve learned so much. I will be at Ibuildings until the end of April, starting at Egeniq at the start of May.

This is quite a big step, and I thought about taking this step for a long time. But you know you should pursue something, if you have a very strong gut feeling that you just need to do this. The feeling that, if you don’t do this, you will regret it. The feeling that you get when considering all the pros and cons, but deep down inside yourself you know you already made up your mind. It goes without saying that I’m very much looking forward to the new things to come at Egeniq!

Ibuildings announces ‘PHP Center of Expertise’

Ibuildings, the PHP professionals, had another great announcement to make today. Being the innovative company they are, they announced the ‘PHP Center of Expertise’. Ibuildings has a lot of very talented, community-involved people working over there and they have a great way of interacting with that PHP community through support for user groups and organizing conferences or seminars. And that’s where the PHP Center of Expertise kicks in to bring those activities to the next level.

The PHP Center of Expertise (which isn’t a definitive name) will deal with all activities that involve PHP expertise, knowledge or community interaction. For example (from the Ibuildings blog):

  • Contributing to/supporting open source projects
  • Supporting user groups/communities
  • Organizing conferences/seminars
  • Developing training material
  • Forming and maintaining partnerships
  • Developing professional services

About every point on the list is already something I’m loving to do in my spare time, and to see that Ibuildings is actually serious enough about those subjects to start a whole new department for it is great. I see fun initiatives where community members could actually cooperate to produce a knowledge platform that helps everyone in the PHP community forward. Michelangelo van Dam already suggested doing podcasts, to give an example.

They already rock in being the number one PHP development and services company, and it’s just refreshing to see that they give back to the community in such a way. It’s a kind of mindset that you don’t encounter much with similar companies, but Ibuildings does it and is pretty successful in it. I’m curious to see the new expertise center initiative grow in the coming months!