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Year-end Sharing in response to Craig’s Challenge

This blog is in response to Criag’s Year-end Year End 2009, sharing!. Unlike the other submissions by Jim Spath and Craig Said Share, So I Did – JonERP 2009 in Review Video this one is in plain tex. The simple reason being I have not moved up the rich media value chain yet – maybe a resolution for 2010. But I did get onto Social Media with Twitter and Facebook but alas lost steam quickly.

One reason for this was the change of my professional role. I began the year at my client offices bang in heart of London. This was definitely highlight 1. I have worked at client locations earlier in US and UK but never at the heart of a city. That apart coming from “Offshore” and establish yourself as an “onsite” Analyst was equally challenging. But all in all I enjoyed it a lot and in the process got a different perspective of doing a Global SAP Rollout across the world with multiple smultaneous Go-lives in a year.

That brings up highlight 2 – my Virtual Community Day presentation. Craig did a great job organising and running the Virtual Community Day sessions especially in a tough year which saw cut downs at all levels with the Community Day Event being the one close to heart. It also got featured on BPX main page which definitely is a BIG thing for me.

Highlight 3 would be attending SAPInsideTrack London: My notes in April at London where most of the European Mentors turned up. It was a great one-day event with informal social gathering (read bar hopping) in the evening which I had to skip. 

Highlight 4 would be getting my PMP Recertification done in March. Who knows when I really put it to use formally but the learning from doing the recertification courses definitely can be related to my regular SAP project work.

Highlight 5 is retainship of SAP Mentor hood for 2010. I only wish giving back more to the Community in the coming year to do justice to the honour the Community Management Team has bestowed. 

I would put the final highlight to be TechEd Bangalore which I could attend only in the last day thanks to a delayed flight from London back home. But nevertheless managed to meet my SDN family members and some other ex-colleagues who make it to this event just to meet up. Interestingly this TechEd would be one where I attended the least number of sessions (just one) and missed all the fun of Demo Jam and Process Slam / Hacker Night.

There are many more which may not count as highlights but here are some rant points.

Follow eGeeks podcasts, attend TechEd virtually, welcome Abesh to the fold of Big Blue, work from “home office” first time while down with Chicken Pox, getting featured on BPX Main page and Newsletter thrice in 2009, getting my customised Mentor Rugby shirt and so on.

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