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My Friend Stuart Litel Asked Me to Blog in the IBM Community

By Scott Hayes posted Mon September 23, 2019 05:37 PM

Alright, I'll give this a try.  Let's see how this fancy blogging software works.  I'm used to hacking together raw HTML with tags and all, but this is a fancy WYSIWYG sort of interface.  I'll be fine with this.  Less thinking will be required.

If you don't know my friend Stuart Litel, he's really a rather remarkable individual.  He was famous in the Informix world before joining IBM.  Now he has some kind of top secret role at IBM.  He seems to know everyone.  I suck at remembering names, but I have too many airport codes memorized.  Stuart is a fixer.  He seems passionate about helping people and solving problems.  I've known him for years but my appreciation for him has grown lately.  There are few people I'd rather enjoy a drink with.  If you do have a drink with him, be prepared to spend time listening to fascinating stories.  Well, enough about Stuart's awesomeness for now.

Stuart told me that I could blog about anything I wanted to, but there was just one rule.  I'm not allowed to write anything negative about a certain company.  You can probably guess what company.  LOLs.  That's okay, I'm a LIFETIME IBM Champion.  I have plenty of positive things to say about IBM and other companies.  

Are you an or do you know someone who should be nominated?  It's time to renew your application or nominate others that you believe are worthy of the honor.  Take care of this task now by visiting

So, this is my first blog post.  This is a test.  I'll press that button down there that says PUBLISH and see what happens.  In future posts, I'll rant, I'll rave, I'll bring attention to cool IBM things, and I might even try some of the other fancy font formatting buttons up there.  Cool.

Meanwhile, I'm wondering who is your favorite IBM Professional?  What makes them awesome?  Leave a comment!

Have a fabulous day,
Scott Hayes
Lifetime IBM Champion and IBM Gold Consultant