Tech-Ed Europe 2013

I am booked for Tech-Ed Europe 2013.

It’s being held in Madrid this year which will be interesting as I’ve never been there before, all my earlier Tech-Ed visits have been to Barcelona, though the latter is a really nice place and I will miss not going there.

It’s also nice considering I had going there in my development plans for the last two years but it was postponed due to too much project activities and lack of time.

Architecturally it’s also very well timed as we’ve just finished our biggest project in many years and I’m free to look for both technologies to fill gaps, ease user pains and increase user friendliness and also look at both Office365 and cloud technologies such as Azure which are “hot topics” right now in the organisation.

Back to work, Copenhagen then Helsinki

First workday after winter holidays. Up all too early to be really good for anything, but on the positive side yesterday the headache that had lasted for almost two weeks broke and so far it’s not yet back so I’m feeling a little bit rested.

Going to Copenhagen for two days closing and lessons learned for the big project, then on to Helsinki for two days. Provided we get value from the meetings there this could be a great worthwhile trip despite the personal issues about it, so far I’m looking forward to it.

Soon all of this will end

Major project reorganisation again. About the 5th or 6th I believe. With about 1,5 months left of the project it is starting to feel like there is maybe, really, a light in the tunnel ahead, soon.

Today it is almost 2 years since the project officially started. It has been a massive once in a lifetime experience (but that’s what I recall thinking about i-2001/Nextstep too at that time, so who knows…), performing a demerger, outsourcing and offshoring, while at the same time designing and building an entire IT infrastructure architecture from absolutely zero and up to what it is today, and in a completely hostile environment with all major stakeholders in opposition. That has been quite an interesting journey.

One day when all of this is over I shall look back on the project and say “I built this”,
by the time that happens, there shall be noone else left who remember it.