Well, last weekend, I got my first W2 of the year. That's right, a bit earlier than usual. However, there was a good reason for it. It turns out that my previous employer, Express Financial Services, had closed their doors for good.
Now, I can't say that I'm shocked. They invested heavily in some custom designed software built by a extremely small company who didn't do a very good job. In fact, just a few months after deploying the system, they were already encountering scalability issues with the database as some tables already had millions of records, and there were no archiving considerations yet built. Since I was the in-house DBA, I decided that was a good queue for me to make my way out instead of somebody pointing the finger at me for something I didn't design or maintain.
The irony of the whole situation was that they put over a year into designing and implementing this system to better server their customers, and they ended up losing one major customer while designing because they got tired of the poor service and they lost another one not long after the new system was put in place.
Thankfully, I saw the writing on the wall, though it came much faster than I had expected. Anyway, I got back to software development in ColdFusion, which I enjoy more than just doing DBA work anyway.
Hopefully all my former co-workers (200+ employees when I left) have or are able to land back on their feet after the closing of the company.