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Looking back at 2010

I am posting this from my parent’s house in Trivandrum, India where I am vacationing. It used to be a different world altogether just a few years ago – but today, life in US and life in India look a whole lot similar.


2010 has been an eventful year for me on career front, with many positive happenings. I attended Teched and SAPPHIRE, had an unbelievable number of people attend my session on BOBJ, and blogged a lot more than I thought would be possible. The debate on Agile was so enlightening that I exchanged a couple of hundred emails and blog comments with experts on the topic. And I had the honor of joining enterprise geeks for a podcast on the topic.


2010 also introduced me to the world of podcasts – thanks to my good friend Jon Reed *@jonerp* of I am looking forward to doing more in future with him.


More than everythig else, I thoroughly enjoyed meeting many of my buddies from SAP ecosystem in 2010 – from all continents. Knowing them and interacting with them has been the highlight of the year.


On the flip side, 2010 really taught me what “burn out” really means. I got promoted as Associate Partner in IBM this year, and it changed the nature of my work significantly. It took me a little bit to learn how to delegate more, and I am still learning. I have even more admiration when I look at my managers these days – realizing what it takes to be succesful at that level.


I hardly took a vacation for the last 2 years, and by the time I left for India in early this month on vacation – I could not bear to even think of work. Old habits seldom change – so I take a sneak peek at my email every now and then. And I feel very blessed and very proud when I see my team handle high pressure situations without my active guidance.

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      time - the balance in life is very important.

      It was awesome meeting you at SAPPHIRE and Annual Conference, and thank you for presenting for ASUG at TechED (great to hang out with you at TechED).

      Happy New Year!

      Author's profile photo Stephen Johannes
      Stephen Johannes

      Enjoy your the rest of your vacation.  It was great seeing you again at Teched in Las Vegas in 2010.  Looking forward to collaborating with you again in 2011.

      Best wishes,


      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member
      Thank you for taking the time out of vacation to post these thoughts at the end of the year... I think you violated one of your "mental downtime" rules by doing so, but we appreciate it.  We also greatly appreciate your collaboration, insight, and active engagement throughout the year in so many ways.  Here's to an even bigger and better 2011! 

      Mark Yolton