The reasoning? The CEO said the employee numbers had shrunken so much and everything IT-wise was working so well that there was no need for an on-site IT person. The CEO decided the company would get by fine by hiring consultants like me from time to time.
On his way out, John contacted me and explained that the new CEO may call on me to help continue migrating some of its applications to the cloud. Forget about the contracting possibility -- I was floored by the news of John's departure. When things run well, it's often due to somebody proactively and discreetly working in the background to keep resources secure and available, which is precisely what John carried off. The CEO had made a major -- and misguided -- leap of logic to come to his ultimate conclusion. Either that, or the company was looking for an excuse to fire John. It seems unlikely. But who knows for sure?
For the record, I haven't heard from the new CEO. Though the work would be nice, I'm glad I don't have to deal with him.
As for John, he was able to find a job closer to home that allowed him to spend more time with his family. The company has not filed for bankruptcy -- yet. I don't know the state of its technology at this point, and the only reason I'd care is to see if the CEO ever woke up and realized that technology operates smoothly because of somebody's hard work. But I'm not holding my breath.
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