I’ve been in technology for longer than I care to admit, mostly on the sales side, so I never saw myself as a technical person. But as I’ve moved into selling analytics and business intelligence software–some of the most transformational technology in the marketplace today–I have become somewhat of a “tech geek”. I don’t code–though I would love to learn to do so when I have time–but I really geek out when I see the potential impact this kind of innovation can have on our lives.
I never saw myself as a blogger either, but SAP asked me to start blogging a few years ago. I’ve now written for Forbes, SAP Community Network (SCN) and The Decision Factor Blog. Doing so, I’ve discovered the power of blogging, and microblogging, to build relationships and connect people and ideas.
I also discovered that I have a lot to say. I don’t consider myself an expert, but I do have a unique perspective based on my experience and the view from where I am in the world today. So, I decided to start my own personal blog so I had a consistent place to talk more about what interests me and share my thoughts and insights on technology and innovation from where I sit.
In January 2012 I took an assignment in Asia Pacific & Japan (APJ) as Regional Vice President for Analytics with SAP, and moved my family to Singapore, which we now consider home base. As often as possible, the family and I venture out into the region. So far we have been to Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Borneo, Indonesia, Australia (Sydney & Melbourne), China, Japan & Malaysia – and we still have a long list of places to go. My wife Michele keeps a blog about our family adventures.
It’s been an interesting journey. We love the region and I’m really excited about the opportunities that exist here. Technology will play a big role in the future of the region, and it’s exciting for me professionally to have a role in helping companies use technology to move forward.
On a personal level, my family and I have the opportunity to learn and enrich our lives and become global citizens. We have the opportunity to understand what this region is about and how what happens here will impact us all.
It’s an incredibly complex and diverse region, and every day I learn something new. If by sharing what I learn I can help shed a little light that helps someone else on their journey, I’ll consider this blog a success.Google+