2012 has been a big year for the UK:
We have won the Ryder Cup in spectacular fashion as part of European team great comeback, in my case watched on an iPad whilst in bed next to the wife trying not to wake her up but wanting to cheer so bad.
The 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, what a great few weeks to showcase all that is good about the UK and UK sport, so many great performances.
The Tour de France and Bradley Wiggins' epic ride as part of Team Sky's dominant display.
Enough about sport (unless you are Australian and then please contact me for more).
In the IT industry it has been another dramatic year:
At my former employer HP they seem to have lurched from one disaster to another, not all it seems of their own making. This amazing company will rise again of that I am sure. You only have to get past the press and analyst melee and look at some of the fundamentals, the storage business is strong, they have a top-5 software business (despite Autonomy), printer ink is more profitable by weight than cocaine, they are number 2 in enterprise networking kit etc... Meg Whiman will turn it around, she just needs time and to also get the analyst community to focus on the the 'real' value of the company not what they may or may not do in Tablets...
Perhaps a quote from the iconic film Wall Street needs to be applied:
- We have recruited 3 new z Business Partners
- Developed a zCloud proposition and demo facility
- Won some interesting new name, new business with non-traditional clients
- Built a strong foundation in a new vertical
- Worked with some interesting non-z IBMers to drive us into new client engagements
- Lost some valued colleagues (We miss you Mr. Gadbsy)
- Recruited 3 new grads into the z business in the UK (making 8 in total)