I am an IBMer!

I am now officially an IBMer!

On August 9, I accepted an offer of full-time employment with IBM, as a Project Manager. I have been working as a contractor with Titan Solutions for almost 12 and a half years or rather since April 23, 2004, but who’s counting…

On August 23, I attended an onboarding class at the building of the IBM owned The Weather Company in Atlanta, Georgia. The class, people, and other IBMers were amazing! It was a truly a great experience. I look forward to my time with IBM to help better the company with the skills that I bring to the table, while also developing myself and skills to restlessly reinvent – our company and ourselves. Part of my development plan for the next year is to finally get the accreditation that I have started but not completed, for PMP – Project Management Professional Certification.

I want to thank my manager, he has been my greatest advocate. He has helped me to achieve this goal and for giving me this great opportunity to provide and do well for myself and my family. He has always looked after IBM’s best interests and my best interests as well, for this I am truly humbled and with extreme gratitude, I thank him for all that he has done for me.

I have had the great pleasure to have worked with many great IBMers and many wonderful managers in my time as an IBM Contractor. And I have been involved with many different groups and teams, and under many different and changing strategic names. Four years ago, I joined the Digital Services Group, which is a billable cost recovery group, from GTS Channel Enablement. I continue my role as the primary contact for GTS PartnerWorld and Sales Essentials Content Services.

I would also like to acknowledge Collabera for being an IBM uploader during my time as a Contractor. And for those at Titan Solutions, my Employer as an IBM Contractor, I have the following to say:

It has been over 12 years that I have had the pleasure to work at Titan Solutions!
Everybody at Titan has been so great to me all of these years. Really making me feel like family.
From Rod, Red, Austin, and the many lovely ladies in the office, it has been a great part of my life and work experience to be a Titan employee.

When I was contacted in the Spring of 2004 with the opportunity to work on a contract with IBM, as a Web Developer, I was hesitant to leave my steady State employment to work on a 12 month contract. But Rod was persuasive and gave me confidence in taking this position. I thought that it could be my foot in the door for full-time employment with IBM. However, after several years I realized that this would not be. I came to terms with my life as a permanent Contractor and resolved to perform my duties as well as I could for as long as possible. The remote working was an ideal situation for my young family, providing me with flexibility and time with my children. And the last couple years of provided Healthcare by Titan, has been a great extra perk!

However, you can now remove me from this costly benefit!
I have accepted a full-time position with IBM and will start 2 weeks from today on Tuesday, August 23rd. I am happy to have had this opportunity for all of these years and now must secure this new opportunity that will provide my family with additional benefits, vacation time, sick time, etc.

I thank you and others at Titan for all that you have done for me, with extreme gratitude, I will never forget the people and time that we have had together at Titan.

I am proud to achieve this honor of working directly for IBM as a full-time Regular employee. I feel that this will be a great fit for me and I am at home here at IBM.


Matthew Comer

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I live in Austin the capital of Texas and the self proclaimed “Music Capital of the World” with my lovely wife Jenny and our two beautiful children: our son Garrett, and our daughter Grace. We enjoy being together as a family and with other family in the area. We like to try new food and go to our favorite restaurants. We enjoy travel and try to go to an exciting new place every year, as well as visiting existing favorite locations. I also enjoy pursuing passions such as photography. My wife and I love music and listen to Austin musicians and touring bands as much as we are able to now with the little ones. Volunteer work for SXSW and Old Settlers Music Festival. I operate a consulting business, doing freelance business as Matthew Comer and syphonsoft Web Hosting. I have several projects and long-term clients. I perform consulting to the State of Texas as a Catalog Information Systems Vendor (CISV) and can be found on the Centralized Master Bidders List (CMBL) Vendor ID: 1205325509200. I am a business man and aspiring entrepreneur at heart. I operate several small businesses, Freeman Properties Property Management Company as well as other businesses listed on this site. I am currently employed as a contractor with Titan Solutions providing consulting for IBM. I work on a great team in the PartnerWorld Business Partner portal as a part of the IBM Global Technology Services (GTS) with the IBM Global Channel Enablement (CE) division. I started my seventh consecutive year-long contract in December of 2010. I am doing some amazing work on this team. I had built a system in which editors on the team can create and maintain HTML pages using an XML/XSL integrated WebSphere system. This allows the users to create pages much more easily. I enjoy the work, this is the best work of my career. This system is being sunset and we are migrating our systems to various internal CMS systems. I have taken on a new role of Content Manager for my growing team of India resources. I assign tasks and manage schedules on a daily basis. I am not looking for further employment at this point, but I am always open to hearing about other opportunities. If you are an employer or headhunter and know of a great working remotely employment opportunity that may be a really good fit that closely matches my skill-set, then please view my résumé. However, know that I am not actively looking for new employment, nor would I likely accept other employment at this time. If you are interested in hiring me as an independent consultant, contractor, web developer/designer to develop your website; or to redevelop and rethink your website, as my specialty is redeveloping and maintaining existing sites, then please contact me.
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