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What does Sydney bring to the table …

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My time in Sydney has taught me one very good lesson – systems we depend on (leisure, transportation, financial, etc.) just keep failing at a time when these applications could so easily be run on NonStop!
Very soon bags will be packed and that last trip from the hotel to the airport will be taken. It’s time to return to Colorado and to see our home, once again. After three months on the road there is no question whatsoever about us looking forward to returning to our “home office” and to, immerse ourselves in the issues of the day. We have a great group of clients representing a diverse mix of products and yes, expectations, but it’s good to see that their enthusiasm for NonStop has only increased over the past year. With more information on strategy and on where future investments will be made (think partnerships), it’s clear that the future for NonStop is rock solid going into 2019.

One of the most interesting aspects of spending an extended time in and around Sydney has been the rea…

What did you do in this season of joy?

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Australia is a big country offering many options – we need to talk to others before deciding where to go; isn’t this true also of how we deal with the new, bigger NonStop product offerings?

With as much time as we have spent these past few weeks in and around Sydney it seems we are still only scratching the surface when it comes to all that the city has to offer. Ask anyone what place or event is worth attending and the responses vary as widely as the landscape itself. Australia is truly “the big country” and if there are any Texans curious about the relative size of the states making up Australia, at 1,021,478 square miles Western Australia could be home to three and a half Texas size states. Even the state of Queensland could house two and a half Texas size states (and seven Great Britains, not to forget, five Japans). Making sure you see the best of Australia quickly becomes a head-scratching exercise for many visitors to its shores unfamiliar with the size of Australia. 


Determinin…

ATMs - going the way of FAX machines: Maybe? Maybe, not!

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The ubiquitous ATM has been around a very long time but it is morphing to better serve the changing needs of its users. What’s not changing is the rise in transaction volumes from ATMs and equivalents and this is good news for NonStop!


There is so much about Sydney’s shopping and banking scene that continues to raise an eyebrow or two, especially for those stalwart Aussies who just happen to have been out of the country for an extended period of time.  There has been so much published in the local press about the shameful pursuit of business by all the major banks, with a Royal Commission set up to examine business practices that today have found bank executives wanting when it comes to integrity and honesty. The axe has fallen on some of them even as others have taken extended leave over the holiday season. However, moving past the flamboyant headlines there is so much that is taking place with banking that it’s no exaggeration to say that more mature markets like the U.S. seem hopele…

Memories; celebrations and yes, winning! NonStop has it all and much more …

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Every time we approach the end of the year there are lots of opportunities to look back at all that took place and 2018 is proving to be a bumper year for those who follow NonStop!

Having spent several weeks in Australia and now New Zealand as well, there is much to be said about the great “Aussie Lifestyle.” It’s a lot different from living in the U.S and it’s a lot different from living in Europe. And yet, there are elements of both continents visible everywhere you turn. There are still Starbucks coffee shops and there are more than a handful of places happily selling donuts. There are plenty of stores specializing in Mediterranean foods as well as some of the best Thai food places in the world just happen to be in Sydney. Walking into a Belgium pub in Wellington, New Zealand, that sold magnificent muscles in a lightly-curried sauce was something Margo and I will remember for quite some time.

However, the events of the past couple of weeks are already beginning to fade from memory.…

Are you being served? Services for NonStop take the spotlight!

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A short stroll past bank branch offices in New Zealand had me thinking about the role of services in support of NonStop systems and in NonStop migrations …
This past week it’s been all about working from a unique location. Yes, for a couple of days we have been all at sea, so as to speak. With the need to be in Auckland for a couple of days followed by a day in Wellington, Margo worked out that we could sail to NZ, stop by both places and then return to Sydney. We also threw in a visit with former Connect board member, Alan Dick, who even today continues to work on issues of advocacy with long time NonStop supporters Bill Highleyman and Bill Honaker as well as with another strong advocate for NonStop, Randall Becker. We spent a leisurely day with Alan whose tenure with the board dates back to the time when ITUG elected to participate in the creation of the Connect worldwide community. Indeed, at the time Margo was Vice President Alan was there to offer wise council during the period of…

The fading lights of shore – we are all at sea?

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On looking back to all that transpired at the NonStop Technical Boot Camp, there was much to excite the NonStop community …

Seems more than appropriate to kick of this latest post with observations about shorelines that recede and lights that dim. We have just pulled out of Sydney’s Circular Quay as we start a very brief long-weekend voyage to Tasmania. I have written about Australia’s southernmost state on more than one occasion, but one sight has always intrigued me – Port Arthur. It was the extreme final destination for those Australia’s convicts who misbehaved in Sydney cove to such an extent that they had to be expelled from the more civilized penal colony along Sydney’s shores.

As for the voyage itself it will follow almost the same course as the yacht fleet that will depart Sydney on Boxing Day (December 26) to race down Australia’s eastern coastline, across the Tasman Sea and up the Derwent River to Hobart. The Sydney to Hobart yacht race is one of the premier yachting events o…

With TBC, what’s coming next for NonStop?

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This is the time of year when the upcoming NonStop Technical Boot Camp (TBC) dominates many discussions – but what is coming next and are there further surprises install for the NonStop community?


We are happily settling into our new and very temporary working life here in Australia. It’s been such a long time “between drinks” as they like to say down under, but there is no doubting the lifestyle that the average Sydneysider enjoys.  With beaches stretching north and south and a harbor that penetrates the distant western suburbs, not forgetting too that the Blue Mountains frame the far west of Sydney, it is a city unlike any other on earth. Comparisons have been made of San Francisco with Sydney but clearly they were made by folks who really hadn’t spent time in Sydney. San Francisco is more like other bay cities, including Melbourne, but Sydney is a deep water harbor framed by rocky sandstone outcrops creating changes in elevation everywhere you turn.

Every time I return to Sydney th…