Babylonstoren en de Kaapse Wijnlanden

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Blog geschreven door: Niels Doeleman
Winnaar van de Zuid-Afrika Game

Babylonstoren
We komen rond vier uur aan bij Babylonstoren, een schitterend wine-estate. Een vrolijke gastheer wacht ons op en leidt ons eerst even rond langs de green-house, tuinen, wijnproeflokaal, het restaurant, de spa en de guest-lounge. Dan brengt hij ons naar onze kamers. Deze zijn gelegen in witte cottages waar vroeger de medewerkers op het landgoed hebben gewoond, zo stel ik me voor. Op de kamer staan een fles wijn en een kistje vers fruit op ons te wachten.  

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Kaapstad door de ogen van Niels Doeleman

Talisman Travelogue

Blog geschreven door: Niels Doeleman
Winnaar van de Zuid-Afrika Game

Vrijdag
1 april was het zover, de reis naar Zuid-Afrika gaat eindelijk beginnen. Deze bestemming staat al lang op onze wish-list en nu gaan we er zomaar naartoe dankzij Talisman Travel design, National Geographic Traveler en South Africa Tourism!

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Athol Place & Johannesburg

Talisman Travelogue

Blog geschreven door: Niels Doeleman
Winnaar van de Zuid-Afrika Game

Niels en Margo maakten een prachtige reis door Zuid-Afrika. Ze begonnen in Kaapstad, en reisden door naar het wijngebied en de Drakensbergen. De volgende stop: Johannesburg. 

Athol Place blijkt een oase van rust, weelde en luxe in de enorme metropool Johannesburg.
Als we aankomen worden we begroet en er wordt om onze paspoorten gevraagd om in te checken. Als het meisje van het hotel terug komt lacht ze vrolijk en roept ‘ah, we kunnen Nederlands praten, leuk!’ Ze blijkt stage te lopen voor haar studie Hotelschool in Den Haag en verlangt soms terug naar huis, al geniet ze volop van Zuid-Afrika. Ze vraagt ons of we willen dineren, vertelt hoe laat we kunnen ontbijten en wijst ons onze kamers.
Athol Place
De kamer is ronduit prachtig. Er staat ons een koude fles champagne op te wachten met een welkomstkaart waarop staat dat…

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Joshua, head guide on the great Kilimanjaro mountain

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Thank you for letting me walk in your footsteps. You brought me up that mountain. Every time I looked at you in pain an suffering, I saw your patience, trust and understanding. Although you have been on the mountain more than a hundred times with over hundreds of people, you are still capable to find patience and understanding for each individual.

Once I had a lecture of a great man, who endured great suffering caused by South African’s regime of apartheid. He thought us that although you suffer and live in great fear, you have to look up! We all have skills and capabilities that we need to apply in life to make our world a better place. The moment he could, he started studying and ended up being a world wide famous Prof. on leadership. He once created a list with people he honoured and then started to actually visit them. Great names like Kissinger, Tutu and Mandela. 

You Joshua made me see that great people are not always great names. Your leadership skills being the leader of an expedition of over 150 people is a great example to me. You trust, you don’t necessarily control. However by trusting your people you have it all under control, knowing that each one next in line knows perfectly what to do and how to do it. Thank you so much for your guidance and lesson! Asante Sana!

(It takes 10 to 16 years of experience on the mountain before one can become a licensed head guide. Even then you have to take numerous tests. Being a head guide takes great responsibility since you are responsible for the wellbeing of over 150 people. You have to make decisions that aren’t always in line with what the (Western) mind thinks is demanded. Your decisions sometimes actually determine life or death. see also: http://www.mountkilimanjaroguide.com/kilimanjaro-guides.html)

Software AG Live

Software AG today launched the Live Suite. SAGLive according to the press release (read the press release here) contains:

  • AgileApps Live is a high-productivity application PaaS, implemented on technology from recently acquired LongJump, Inc. With AgileApps Live organizations achieve business-driven innovation managed by IT. This new offering provides unique flexibility to adapt to changing business processes, regulations and other business needs. All applications built on AgileApps Live instantly deploy on mobile devices and come with pre-build integration across social networks. AgileApps Live is available immediately.

  • Process Live, a collaborative business process analysis PaaS, enables users to collaborate across departments and geographies to improve requirements management and design of business processes. Process Live is compatible with Software AG’s market-leading ARIS Business Process Analysis platform and will be available in the second half of 2013.

  • Integration Live is an integration PaaS which enables cloud-to-cloud integration and seamlessly connects with private cloud or on-premise Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) installations. Integration Live is offering an unmatched combination of ease-of-use and enterprise-strength and is compatible with webMethods Integration Server, the market leading ESB from Software AG. Availability is scheduled for Q1 of 2014.

I expect this enables us (bQuind), being a Software AG partner, to actually offer the SoftwareAG product functionalities as a SaaS (Software as a Service) to our (small and mid-size) customers. I also expect we can use the Platform as a Service (PaaS) in collaboration with our customers to develop specific solutions that delivers straight forward added-value!

Read more on: live.softwareag.com.