18 December 2016 Sunday

2016 - my year in review

It's that season again ...

Christmas is coming, IBM Connect early bird offerings are showing up, projects are getting finalized and the year is coming to an end.

Time to look back what happened in our little corner of the world and what the topics for the coming year might be.

The year started out with turbulences - we got nominated as finalist for a beacon award in Orlando and we had our first speaker slot in Orlando at Connect 2016. After that successful event the further development of our product group to integrate IBM software solutions with WEB CMS systems gained traction and eventually fell into turmoil as we had to switch the development and sales organization around. The trouble around that changes will follow us into the new year but I'm confident that we will be able to overcome these challenges.
It has also been the year of XPages, JavaScript and Web Development - 90% of our Domino related business is coming from these areas and we still see growth here in 2017. Besides that, we also have been able to be the first application to integrate into the digital document management system of our county Baden-Württemberg - FOKUS, our integrated solution for local labour courts is the first system that went live this year. We will continue this next year in Schleswig-Holstein and really looking forward to next implementations here.

The mail battle is mostly lost for Domino - a lot of customers migrated to Office 365 but continue to invest in the app space. Our portfolio in that area has been broadened with Vaadin and Darwino as open and flexible options in broadening our development skills. Also the Adobe AEM space gained some traction independently from the integration scenarios we targeted before - we see big potential for the future here as well. IBM Verse and Vers On Premises seem to be coming too late to the party to really make a great impact but we still hope for the best.

We also grew our team a little in 2016, focusing on the web cms integration part mostly. Our customers will still be working with us next year which I think is a good sign. This helps in planning and sustainability.

By the end of the year, we finally have been able to win our first customer for Verse in the Cloud and Verse on premises as soon as possible - a white space customer that will be migrating from Outlook to the IBM Cloud platform. We are proud of that win !

I mentioned IBM Connect right in the first sentence - we decided not to go this year. Instead, we will try to focus on IBM Interconnect as a lot of our products, projects and solutions are integration projects. Next year we will also do integration works with Microsoft Hololens - a cool piece of technology. Stay tuned for more in the near future !

Let's switch gears a little bit. 2016 has been successful businesswise for me and personally as well as mid november my two little babies were born. This change is so fundamental and beautiful that I am really thankful for these beautiful experiences that process did put me through. We received so many happy notes and positive vibes from our friends, it is breathtaking and I want to thank everyone for that.

On the political side it has been a desasterous year from my perspective looking at the right wing regains all over europe and in the US. But what scares me more is the increasing neglect I see in our society - after the "Willkommenskultur" in 2015 a lot of people turn to the total opposite. They don't care about the future of our area, the environment, about europe or the values of our society. Money and narcism seem to become the new religion of the next years. What really made me furious and almost mad happened right on our door step:


The food bank in Herrenberg is running out of food before christmas and is almost collapsing due to the high volume of people in need of the support of the food bank. It is a shame that in our wealthy town we really need a food bank at all but it's a bigger shame for me to send children home hungry from the food bank. How can this be in one of the richest countries in the world ? And before you ask - yes, we did something to help out here. Shame on us all to look away from the troubles of our neighbours, this really brings tears to my eyes. In 2017, I want to change this in a sustainable way. There's enough money around in Herrenberg so we should be able to help the German Red Cross who runs the food bank sustainably.

So the next year will be filled with challenges - my two little girls and my big girl will demand and deserve a big share of my time and in business, there are challenging, demanding and rewarding opportunities ahead. Sounds like fun - I'm looking forward to 2017 !

To all my readers - happy holidays, merry christmas and a happy new year !

Cheers, Heiko.
Heiko Voigt   |   18 December 2016 17:49:26   |    VOP  Domino  Adobe AEM  REST  Hololens    |  
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