6 Months In

It has been 6 months since my last blog post on here! This is not the only thing that has been neglected in recent times, my entire online presence has become somewhat muted as I have thrown myself into the new role outlined in the previous post. 6 months is a long time in anyone’s career, and that is no different for me. I left the world of BMS and my lovely office with glass desk, leather chair and Alienware PC back in April, to join the world of Automotive Manufacturing. To some this would seem a strange move, why change from something that I enjoyed so much to something that carries a lot of risk? The answer is simple, a change was needed, I was in a comfortable job, but there was no innovation, no 21st century drive to have a best in class network and systems to rival those of our competitors. JD Edwards was perhaps not for me, I understand the basics of it, maybe (probably) I could’ve become an expert in time, but as support for my newer ideas lacked I decided it was time for the change. Then came the IT Support Analyst in a 200,00sq ft factory opportunity, a role which so far has provided me with a fantastic insight into how you should and should not run certain types of systems. There is a mixture of world-class systems mixed with outdated ideologies that just about work, but outside of automotive I’m not so sure. Things I love about this role are the technologies in use, all the Enterprise level Cisco networking, VMWare clustering, latest versions of Server OSes etc. I also have some great colleagues, some genuinely awesome people who help make the transition that little bit easier. I also enjoy being part of a proper IT team, I’ve done the one-man-band in an office (which has its place) and I really enjoy being a member of a team where the majority have more experience in the industry than I do, and where we can all bounce ideas around and come up with some nifty solutions to what can be very complex problems. In short, over the last 4 1/2 years since I left university I’ve had the opportunity to really develop my IT knowledge, my team skills, my leadership skills and my overall personality, I am a much more rounded person when I combine everything from these 2 roles, and even with the year at IBM during my degree. I don’t know what will come next, I have a great understanding of where I am, and I have a very good idea of where I want to be. Of course the 2 don’t completely marry up but that’s what ambition is all about.

1413 Days

Yes, it really has been that long. Almost 4 years since I left university and started my IT career at BMS. After 1413 days I am proud to say I feel a lot has been achieved; on a personal level I have graduated, rented my first flat, then my first house, and now have joined the property ladder. Oh, and also I got married last September. What a ride it has been, from the nervous 22 year old on the 6th June 2011 joining a technical team working on a product I’d never heard of, to the current dizzy heights of Infrastructure Manager with my own office, a beasty PC and every gadget in sight. When this post goes live I will have been at BMS for a grand total of 122,112,000 seconds, which when you break it down isn’t a bad thing at all. I’ve learnt a lot in my time at BMS, but now feels like the right time to take that next step and enter the big wide world once again. I still have the same passion I had 4 years ago for what I have always loved, technology is me, I’m a geek, nerd whatever you want to label it as is absolutely not an issue, I’m proud of who I am, what I do and what I have and will achieve. On Monday I will enter the realms of the manufacturing industry in what I believe is an exciting opportunity, and a chance to use some of my other skills such as Cisco networking once again. I am extremely nervous, and it’s very much a “watch this space” thing but I am prepared for the challenge and cannot wait. Out of 1413 days it’s very difficult to pick out a single moment that stands out above the rest, most of the extra curricular things are what tend to stick with me; the Christmas parties, Arrow Mill trips, Masterclasses, Chinese lunches, all the stuff that has given me such fond memories. The day job hasn’t been bad either, I’ve had a good few years to put my stamp on things, define new processes, buy new kit etc. And most importantly the people have been awesome. I’ve made some great friends, learnt one hell of a lot about life and careers and that’s definitely something I’m taking with me. I owe a lot to my BMS colleagues! So it’s a goodbye from me to a big chapter of my life, but a hello to new beginnings and adventures (with a nice 2 day gap called the weekend!) Thanks for reading 🙂

Last day of the honeymoon :(

image So as we sit here on our 5th floor suite balcony on what is so far the cooler of our days here, I find myself wondering why have we waited so long to do a proper holiday like this. Yes we had a lot of hassle with 3 hour delays on the way out but once we arrived the tension in the shoulders subsided and the sun cream came out! I’m not one for sitting by the pool and catching the rays normally, however after months of build up to the wedding of the century I thought a break was deserved. 3 days of swimming and sunbathing was the most relaxing thing I’ve ever done in my almost 26 years on this earth. We broke the routine with a day at the shops then a morning at AquaLand (not as big as I remember but a lot of fun) and now we’re chilling on the balcony as the picture above shows! In some ways I don’t want to go home, its warm here, the people are friendly and we still have satellite TV! Also site-wide WiFi and a whole floor with PCs and Desk Space means surely I could just stay here and do my work from here??? (Do we have a suggestion box back at the office?) In short its been awesome here, I’ll be happy to start married life properly once we’re back and we’ll have some great memories, who knows we may even come back!

5 Week Countdown

On Saturday 6th September 2014 I will be entering the world of marriage with my wonderful better half Hannah. After 2 years of wedding planning, and 6 years of being together this chapter of our lives draws to a conclusion in 5 weeks time, in fact as I write this I am thinking how at this time I will be probably putting my suit on and ensuring the men all look the part, ready for a fantastic day ahead. For more info on the wedding, visit the wedding blog at: http://www.wardnet.co.uk/wedding    

Air Tattoo Weekend

It’s finally here, my excuse to look like a Japanese tourist on home soil. Yes this weekend is the Fairford International Air Tattoo and as per last year I am camping as close the fence as I can get and get to watch 3 days of planes coming and going! I just cannot wait, there’s nothing more exhilarating than watching the finest the world has to offer in skilled pilots hitting the G’s and breaking the sound barrier. I am hoping for some awesome photos this year too, especially as we have our new Super-Zoom camera!

RAF Red Arrows

Hello world!

Welcome to my new site, I have moved johnnyward.me.uk from a static custom built site to this easier to administer WordPress based extravaganza, and I have moved the .co.uk here as well, dropping the seperate blog that did exist. http://www.wardnet.co.uk is still live, although I may migrate into this site at some point! Thanks for Visiting, Jonathan