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Happy New Year!

January 2, 2008

I’ve taken a bit of time off and away from the computer, blogging, and such to get in and enjoy the holiday season (the past two weeks off work helped too ;)). 

Since I’ve been back to work, a few have asked me what my resolutions are—unfortunately, I tend not to make annual resolutions since most of my goals focus around events OTHER than the changing of the calendar.  However, last year, I started the “letter to yourself” approach.  The idea is writing to yourself and reflecting on what you did that year—it’s a bit reverse and crazy, but I liked the approach because it made you THINK how you want to remember that year.

You can read the 2007 letter here.

My “goals” according to my letter were:

  • Compeltion of my Masters degree with a 4.0. – Done. πŸ™‚
  • Implement MOSS 2007 throughout the enterprise. – Not done. 😦
  • Creation of a central web vision and strategy for the enterprise – Done. πŸ™‚
  • Take a vacation and see the coasts. – Not done. 😦
  • Attend Microsoft and local developer events. – Done. πŸ™‚
  • Take more time off. – Done! πŸ™‚

I don’t have a good excuse regarding MOSS 2007–-the enterprise just wasn’t ready.  I did migrate our single SharePoint 2003 server to a new, 5 server SAN installation and it runs like a dream.  Usage of the SPS system has skyrocketed and almost everyone in the district uses the portal for one reason or another—everyday.  That’s a huge increase over the 15–18% usage in 2006.

Heh, I didn’t get much of a vacation this year—if I wasn’t working, I was studying or writing or sitting in the library.  I’m hoping to change that this year.

So, with that retrospect, here’s where I hope to be in 2008.

Dear David,

This last year has proved quite interesting for you.  To fill the gap of school work, you dedicated yourself “free” time to researching upcoming development technologies and acquiring your MCPD certification from Microsoft.  The benefits from this certification can be seen both in your consulting and professional work at the office.

The continued success of your web strategy has reduced project turn around by nearly 40% in the past year and increased customer satisfaction beyond measure.  A few of your highlighting projects, such as the integration of mobile technologies into the district and MOSS 2007’s migration have helped pave the way for continued invention in 2009.  In addition, 2008 was quite a challenge with the rollout out of Java technologies within the workplace—learning another environment (Eclipse, ThinkCAP, Oracle Application Server) and language (Java).  Aside from work, you found time to blog a few times a week and remain active within the Microsoft community newsgroups.

Now, without the constant chains of school, you managed to take a few vacations this year, attend the local .NET developers group, and relax.

This year has been a blast!  Have a great 2009!

Like I said last year, better than a checklist and a bit more fun.  We’ll see how those go—there are other goals and aspirations, but those are the general ones. πŸ™‚

Have a great 2008!

  1. January 2, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I too hope to get a MS certification in the near future. I started off 2008 100% self-employed doing independent software development and consulting. That was a goal I set 6 months ago to be completed in 12-18 months. December 28th was the last day of my 9-5.

    The early attainment of this longer-term goal sheds light on a new important short-term goal of finding a trust-worthy accountant.

    Have a great 2008!

  2. January 2, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    Good luck, man! I did the self-employment and actually incorporated two companies, sold them, etc..etc.. for eight years and it’s an amazing experience. I picked up the 8-5 when I started back to school; now that I’m done with school, I’m not sure if I’ll go back to consulting or not. Vacation is a NICE bonus. πŸ™‚

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