- At the tail end of 2010, my twin girls (Madeleine and Abbigail) were born. Close enough to 2011 and so life changing I had to mention it first and foremost.
- After eight years with Minas Basin Pulp & Power, I resigned in March of 2011 and joined Scotsburn Dairy Group. Scotsburn had just adopted Lotus Notes and there was so much potential in terms of collaboration solutions. It was a great fit and a role I could really dig into.
- I was selected as an IBM Champion for IBM Collaboration Solutions. Whoa...really?
- I've done a number of webcasts promoting ICS and social business
- My writing for MC Press was pretty steady, but I decided to only put out about 6 articles in 2012.
- In December I signed my first book publishing contract. Look for iSocial – Leveraging IBM i on Power as Your Social Collaboration Workhorse in spring/summer 2012. My mom promises to buy a copy so you should too. ;)
- I started a petition to get IBM Connections (later adding Sametime and Lotus Notes Traveler) on IBM i. The tally right now is 167 customers and business partners representing 405,000 potential user licenses. I have to thank Gabriele Spaszewski from a company called Dachser in Germany. I'd like to think of Gaby as one of the strongest advocates of the petition through IBM in Europe. Keep at it! We'll get there!
- I totally should mention Kim Greene and Amy Hoerle for the above point too!
- I've been very fortunate to meet a number of people at IBM and other customers whom I've read their blogs and articles for years. Meeting a number of other IBM Champions and Lotus gurus in Boston in October was also a treat. Lisa Duke, Rob Novak, Sharon Bellamy, Handly Cameron, Carl Tyler, Darren Duke, Bill Malchisky, Theo Heselmans, Chris Miller, Francie Tanner, Bruce Elgort...just to name a few.
- Speaking of Boston, being one of the few people on Blackberry (it seemed) during a 2-3 day outage really stamped the importance of bringing other devices into our environment.
- Again, about Boston...I love that town by the way...I drove an hour or so to Plymouth and visited the Cabby Shack. I had a 16 oz prime rib for $16 and a bowl of their world famous "chowda." The chowda alone is worth the drive. Hell, it's worth moving to Plymouth for. Best chowda evah!
- My son started pre-school. He's all grown up.
- Built a house! Well, not personally...contractors built it.
- Got an iPad. For some, it's no big deal...but I've been Apple-ignorant my whole career. I'm slowly liking it...like olives for people who never liked olives. I love olives so the analogy is weak.
- Made a big effort to change my thinking about the perceived IBM i naming "issue." There isn't an issue at all. It's not iSeries, System i, AS/400 or anything else. It's IBM i on Power Systems. Trevor Perry sums it up pretty well here.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Happy New Year! 2011 briefly in review...
I wanted to quickly reflect on 2011 as I've had a heck of a year, both personally and professionally.