2011 – Not the End, Not the Beginning of the End, but the End of the Beginning….

December 31, 2011 - 6 Comments

One of Winston Churchill’s most memorable war speeches came on 10 November 1942 at the Lord Mayor’s Luncheon at Mansion House in London, in response to the Allied victory at the Second Battle of El Alamein. Churchill stated:

“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

My father was always proud that he had taken part in the first battle that changed the tide of World War II. He was 19 years old at time and had been on active duty for only 10 days! He was particularly proud that Churchill had said: “Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat.”

Well, the point of all this is to blow the trumpet for this Manufacturing Industry Blog from Cisco and your group of Industry Gurus. With only a few bloggers and blogging for only a year or so, we managed to achieve several notable awards:

  • I, Peter Granger, was proud to accept the “Best Newcomer Blog Award” on behalf of the team – we managed to get folks to stay on our blog longer than any other Cisco blog! A real achievement for the team!
  • Andrew Lach, our Blog Admin Manager managed to top the charts of prolific bloggers two months in a row, and became a featured blogger several times.
  • The rest of the team, Mark Wylie, Kevin Davenport and Paul Didier, continued to impress the Industry with their thought Leadership.

So, what of the future? Well, expect more quality blogging, more bloggers (we’re expanding the pool of industry bloggers) and more guest bloggers (Industry editors and the like).

All and all this is just the beginning of the rest of our blogging lives! Happy New Year to you all and keep on reading the blogs so we can win more awards next year in 2012!

In an effort to keep conversations fresh, Cisco Blogs closes comments after 60 days. Please visit the Cisco Blogs hub page for the latest content.


  1. First of all happy new year Peter and congratulation on award.
    Keep up with blogging.

    • Thanks Togotutor – Thanks for your support, and a very Happy New Year to you and your folks too!

  2. Nice cap to 2011 Peter. Onwards!

  3. Happy New Year to you too Peter 🙂