Thursday, July 22

Not Goodbye, just Au Revoir!

You may have noticed, in recent months, that my blogging cadence has plummeted further and faster than BP's share price. This largesse was caused by spending whatever spare time I've had on helping to get the new LANSA blog off the ground. This has proven to be an exciting project and we are proud of the result:

iOpener - Pushing the limits of IBM i and Microsoft technology

This is not a corporate blog - you know, brochureware dressed-up in a new suit - but a genuine attempt to bring the kind of insight and commentary that is sadly lacking in our market. You will notice that many of the first article-length posts are written by our subject matter experts (who reside primarily in our consulting teams). No sales or marketing B.S allowed here - just the straight skinny from folks who get paid to give this kind of advice day-in, day-out. We've already received commitments from several world-class guest bloggers who will appear soon and I hope that many of our other experts from around the world will start to contribute their thoughts and knowledge.

I, for one, will no longer make any new posts here (no change there, you might say) but will instead direct my limited blogging efforts exclusively toward iOpener. So, if you've ever had the slightest inkling to read what I have to say then please click across to iOpener and let the fun begin.

Thursday, January 7

iManifest EMEA: New Year ... New Leadership

The time has come for someone else to be the standard-bearer for iManifest EMEA.

When I first issued the Call for Participation in July '09 I offered to kick-start such an initiative in EMEA by helping to construct the board and committing some seed funding. We have received pledges for more than half of the original funding total and the level of awareness is high. My commitment to the cause is unwavering, but the time I have available to invest in this initiative has compressed to zero.

It was always 'touch-and-go' as to whether I could balance the advancement of iManifest with the demands of my day job. Since last October, when my remit at LANSA expanded to add the Americas to my existing EMEA responsibilities, it has become increasingly difficult to keep the plates spinning. I have just returned from a 2010 planning session in Sydney and, with all of the goals and growth objectives that LANSA has this year, it is clear that I simply cannot afford to remain so actively involved with iManifest EMEA. Our financial pledge remains as-is and we are certainly willing to keep hosting the web site, managing the LinkedIn group etc. at no cost.

So, who will step-up to the plate? What if nobody comes forward? What if several good candidates emerge - what should the election process be? Should iManifest EMEA transition to a committee-based authority sooner rather than later? Rest assured that I am not going to step down until a smooth transition has been affected, but I do need to make that step happen sooner rather than later.

Please post comments, nominations, suggestions or whatever you want to say to the discussion thread on LinkedIn so we can have the conversation.

In closing, I can now share with you the results of the poll that we opened before the holidays:

I interpret a 74% response (great idea + necessary evil) as a signal that the iManifest initiative is considered worthwhile by the IBM i community. Let's hope that other community leaders will fill the void that I am regrettably forced to create and push us all over the finish line.

Best wishes for 2010 and remember that a New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.