Yes, I’m an IBM Champion again, New Year thoughts and a taste of Vegemite

First:: I am an IBM Champion! For the forth year in a row IBM has honoured me with this title that my contributions to the IBM community are valued. Thank you!

What a year 2018 was! When I look back on this and the years just before that, some moments stand out a bit more than others. And it is surprisingly enough not the grand and bombastic ones that pops up first in my head. More the quite small and at a first glance not especially planned or decisive ones. But all of those are very important in themselves, and they all lead up to this moment where I am now. And they gave me the opportunity, and paved the way for me to be able to take part and contribute in the bombastic ones!

For example a quite innocent feedback email I sent, which lead to unexpected consequences. A meeting poolside in Las Vegas. A question on a cupboard floor in Vienna. To name a few.

The results of these led, among other things, up to me attending IBM Think in Las Vegas and co-speaking in 4 sessions. Organising 2 conferences with Social Connections. One in Philadelphia and one in Berlin. Both successful with lots of customers attending. Leaving the company I worked for and joining ISW and Kudos Apps and I am very happy to work in a such a fun, energetic, competent and professional team.

And the most important thing is that I got to spend another year with the amazing Wannes Rams.

So thank you 2018 and all of you who participated in making it awesome!

And bring on 2019! Now with a taste of Vegemite 🙂

Hello world! Maria Nordin speaking

Hello world!

This is me Maria Nordin speaking. Welcome to my own new blog!

You might know me as one of the organisers and board members of Social Connections. The IBM Collaboration User Group.

Or else you might know me as Product Owner of DomainPatrol Social at Infoware.

Either way I have long thought that I should have my own space to express my thoughts, not coloured by the specific hat I’m wearing that particular day.

I will most probably write about my work in the IBM Collaboration space, the fantastic community I spend my work days in. I will most probably also write about things that I love outside work. Such as how to have fun and my fondness of shiny things.

Looking forward to talk to you all!

So long!

Wait, I’m not done yet. A big thank you to Wannes Rams who pushed me to do it and helped me to get started, and to Prominic who are hosting this blog!