December has been a busy month, but I’ll be getting some much-needed downtime plus working from home before heading out to clients again in January. Christmas came early this year in the form of my Business Objects Certified Professional (BOCP) certificate for Business Objects Enterprise XI 3.0. I’m looking forward to framing it and hanging it in my home office. As the year winds down, it seems good to reflect on our achievements for the past year and set some goals for 2009.
2008 was the first year that I began consulting and training with Xcelsius 2008. And armed with my upgraded BOCP I’ve already taught Business Objects Enterprise administration (SA210 Administration and Security and SA310 Administrating Servers) and Business Objects XI 3.0 Universe Design (DM310).
2008 is the first year I’ve had a project that’s let me work from home, which to be honest can be a blessing AND a curse. For example, I never knew a hurricane from Texas would blow through Ohio and knock out my electricity and high-speed internet. Working from home in IT consulting certainly takes some adjustment, but my family appreciates it.
I’ve traveled to a lot of interesting places this year, spending 88 nights in Holiday Inn hotels alone.
2008 was the third year of being selected for the annual Business Objects user conference, held this past October in Dallas, Texas. It’s always an honor to be selected and to share what I’ve learned.
Business Objects engagements have taken me to:
- Ann Arbor, Michigan
- Dallas, Texas
- Detroit, Michigan
- Grand Rapids, Michigan
- Houston, Texas
- Kansas City, Kansas
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Lufkin, Texas
- Moline, Illinois
- New York City, New York
- Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
And summer vacation took me and my family to Ann Arbor, Michigan; Point Pelee National Park, Ontario; Toronto, Ontario; and Niagara Falls, Ontario.
But it’s always good to be home!
To all my family, friends, coworkers, clients and blog readers, a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2009!