Review of the Year - 2007

It's been another wonderful year in my professional life (which is really the stuff you see up here).

Lotusphere is such a great start to the year, it gets me really rev'ed up for the year, tells me what I need to be looking at for the next few months and, most importantly, allows me to catch up with the great friends I've made over the years. It really has got to the point these days where I can't imagine not going to Florida in January, and of course I'm already looking forward to the 2008 trip.

I've been incredibly lucky with the projects I've worked on this year, from one major one which went live in November, through to several smaller but no less interesting pieces of work that I've been fortunate enough to be asked to help on. Of course, the most visible application I've worked on is the Idea Jam. It's the first time I've worked for any length of time with Bruce and it's been a blast so far. He is really a very talented guy who deserves all the plaudits that he gets from the Lotus community. If you haven't used Idea Jam yet, then firstly, why not? And secondly please feel free to head on over and register, your ideas will be seen by a large number of people both in and outside IBM. I think everyone is getting a lot of benefit from the site already. Over the next few months we have a lot of plans to add functionality to the site and also start selling it into companies, so if you think your company might be able to use it then please drop me or Bruce a line.

The other major thing which I've managed to get involved in during the year has been the Irish and UK Lotus User Groups. Paul, Eileen, Warren and Kitty put in an absolutely incredible amount of effort into the organisation of these mini conferences but it is good fun hanging around the fringes helping out where possible.

On the personal side there have been a few challenges which I don't really mention on here, but that all seems to be under control now which is good news for all concerned as it's not been a fun time for the others in my immediate family.

It's difficult to know what 2008 holds for us, by all accounts we can expect a big Lotusphere in January with some big announcements, so I'm looking forward to hearing those. For the next few months I have a lot of work scheduled which is always a good position to be in and, in the end, is enough to make me happy as long as I get to meet up with my friends as often as possible in that time.

So, that's another year over with (and I've been waiting for this for a while). I'd like to wish you all a very happy and healthy New Year.

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