I founded Alagad one afternoon in 1996. Since then, I’ve been the president and “face” of Alagad. When people think of Alagad they probably think of me, not to mention the stellar team I managed to assemble.
However, with all of the drama the company’s had to endure over the last few weeks and months, I’ve slowly begun to learn that I’m effective at some parts of running a business and not so effective at others.
Specifically, I’m pretty good at coming up with ideas. For example, the Image Component was my first real breakthrough idea. I also had the idea to turn Alagad into a larger consulting company. More recently, Alagad announced TaskForce, our prepaid, on-demand, development service. And this just scratches the surface of the ideas that I have floating around in my head.
However, when it comes down to the day-to-day operations of a company, I couldn’t be less interested. I’m not the kind of person who enjoys looking at spreadsheets, projecting financials, or handling conflict.
With that in mind, the Alagad management team has decided to move Randy Miller, our program manager, into the CEO role at Alagad. So, moving forward it will be Randy’s job to execute against Alagad’s business and strategic plans. He thrives on spreadsheets and is much more suited to that role than I am.
For now, I’m going to be holding onto my title of president. However, I’m moving towards a new role of Chief Evangelist. What this means for me is that I’ll have a lot more focus on communicating with developers and businesses. As a part of this I’ll hopefully be blogging a lot more frequently, attending more conferences, and experimenting with a variety of technologies to create demos, useful tools, and anything else that’s relevant to my job of communicating with the world.
I’m really not sure what to expect out of this change yet. I’m already working on an interesting social application created in Ruby and Rails. We’ll see what else I can find to write about as we go along!
Meanwhile, if you happen to need any help on a ColdFusion project please be sure to send me an email. I’m actively looking for consulting and development work both for Chris Peterson (who is back with Alagad!) and myself. Chris is unparalleled in his knowledge and skill at finding and resolving performance problems in web applications. We’re offering a great rate on his time right now, so be sure to check with us if you need this type of help.