WARNING: THIS BLOG COMES WITH A HEALTH WARNING… IT’S A TAD LONG. BUT YOU’LL SEE WHY AT THE END.
Here we are the last day of 2012 and what a year its been. It only seemed like yesterday that I sat at this very desk and typed my epilogue for 2011.
The beginning of the year heralded great expectations and even the economy looked like it was digging its way out of the hole it had dug itself into.
Sadly it didn’t happen and the UK along with the rest of Europe continues to stay in the quagmire.
The onset of New Years Eve can be a time of reflection as we consider the year that has gone before.
With all the ups and downs of the year you could excuse yourself for feeling a little disillusioned at the prospect of 2013.
If you are reading this then I’ve succeeded in holding my audiences’ interest? More importantly we survived the end of the world which was suppose to have occurred on 21st December.
As I stepped on to the plane with my family to travel back from Hamburg on the late afternoon of the 21st, I would be lying if I didn’t experience a little trepidation although its only an hour’s flight back to Luton.
I held my breath as we came into land and the passenger sitting next to me actually “prayed”as he muttered something in german under his breath I couldn’t help but think he knew something we didn’t?
The maya civilisation predicted the end of the world? They didn’t of course. It is the western interpretation of an apocalyptic ending. The maya civilisation predicted that December 21st this year simply marked the start of a new calendar.
“Mayan refers to the indigenous peoples of South-East Mexico, Central America notably Guatelmala. Mayan was actually spoken by the maya people and the maya calendar was used by the mayan civilisation”.
For the Mayan people 21st December represents a joyous event, not an apocalyptic event. What is coming is the end of a calendar and the beginning of a new one.
Are we facing another seismic shift both economically and personally? Isn’t the start of any new year synonymous with change?
Isn’t that indicative of a New Year – new year’s resolutions, a new chapter, new beginnings, changes, planning and a time to be reflective on what we’ve learn’t from the year just past.
Lets reflect on what a great year 2012 has been.
We had the 2012 London Olympic Games to look forward to. The country was at last unified in one common goal and that was achieving olympic success and putting London and the UK firmly on the map. It was sixteen days of amazing sporting finesse and talent exhibited at the greatest show on earth.
Who can forget that one weekend in August! I still get goose bumps thinking about it even now!
Digital Print Management advises and guides companies on the importance of how to go about outsourcing… just about anything so we’ve taken the best of the year’s blogs and stuck them here as a reminder of what were the best and most useful to you our audience and customer and we thank you for reading and contributing.
Round up of the year’s best blogs.
In January we talked about the differences between what is print management and managed print services a simple guide to understanding the differences.
With p60 time looming in April there was a helpful guide on how to go about having hassle free p60 printing
March saw the launch of our print-2-mail service and how easy it is for companies to manage printing and posting out invoices, statements and practically any customer letter without moving from your desk.
April saw a brief guide on RTI (Real Time Information) and the impact it’s likely to have on businesses in 2013. This is particularly important for payroll managers and business owners.
September discussed the importance of Accounts Receivable and how to automate payment allocations.
November – really exciting month firstly because its getting close to Christmas so we in the office start to feel a tad christmassy but we spent some time on payroll outsourcing and my favourite data cleansing and what this means if you do it right.
Wow we are in December, how quickly the year has gone! It is the month of why invoice scanning is so important to the AP process, then there was print management solutions for professional services companies.
Finally if you really wanted something completely different from what you’ve come to expect, we threw caution to the wind.
Working from home use to be such a big deal and now companies actively encourage it what do you think?
With so much social media or anti-social media we talked about how great it feels to tune out once in a while and actually read a book. Are you switching off from digital media?
With the business landscape having changed so radically over the last 20+ years I found researching this blog particularly relevant what’s in a business relationship? Do you feel the same way?
Next to my family I love Formula 1 Motor Racing so I knocked this one out after Sebastian Vettel won his third consecutive world championship. The importance of teamwork and why its integral to any business.
If you’ve got to the bottom of this blog without faltering then a big T-H-A-N-K-Y-O-U for reading, for liking us, following us and connecting with us in 2012.
My final note for the year:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts” (Winston Churchill)
Happy New Year from all of us at Digital Print Management.
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