It wasn't an easy decision, but I've left IBM and have joined up with The Eclipse Foundation. IBM is a great company to work for, and IBM Software Services for WebSphere (ISSW) is a great organization within the company to work for. But I simply couldn't pass up the opportunity presented by the Eclipse Foundation.
Perhaps the thing that I will miss most about IBM is working with some great folks. Of course, I'm trading in one group of great folks for another; but still, it's hard to walk away from a great group of people that I consider peers and friends. If you need help with WebSphere, contact ISSW: they're the best (I can say this sort of thing without bias now that I'm no longer part of the organization).
Seeing as I am no longer an IBM employee, I assumed that I'd have to give up this blog. However, I (apparently) get to keep it. How cool is that? I guess some readers might think that this is no big deal. A lot of people in the community think that IBM and Eclipse are pretty much the same thing. They're not. There is a lot of IBM influence in the Eclipse community, and for good reason: IBM is a strategic member of the Eclipse Foundation. However, there are many strategic members of the Eclipse Foundation and each of these members exerts the same kind of influence. Take a look for yourself.