Ipswich from the air

Ipswich from the air. Photo by kind permission of Stu Smith. More at http://bit.ly/o4OMrc

 One of our more intrepid colleagues, Smart421 lead consultant Stu Smith, has just published some outstanding aerial photos of Ipswich.

When he’s not architecting IT systems, configuring IBM DataPower appliances behind closed doors in a customer’s data centre or speaking at industry events (e.g. WUG), Stu is often flying the skies of urban or suburban areas with his paramotor or paragliding over more inhospitable terrains somewhere in the world.

His latest views of Ipswich, taken in August, can be found here http://bit.ly/o4OMrc

Those familiar with the area will easily spot the Smart421 technical centre at Felaw Maltings, as well as Portman Road (home of Ipswich Town Football Club).

Leave a comment to tell us what other landmarks you can see.

As a consultant with Smart421, it is part of the job spec that the work I am engaged in will involve an amount of travel. Some may see that as a perk of the job. For others, it may be a reason not to take on such a role.

For my part, I don’t particularly like the travelling itself, but do like to go to different places, meet different people, and generally ‘spread my wings’.

Since my co-workers have already made some comments about a recent trip to Bangkok, I thought I’d list the places I’ve had to travel for Smart421. To be honest, most of our work is in the UK, where we have the strongest customer base, but we do work with clients all over the world. To give an idea of this, the locations I have worked at include:

  • London
  • Ipswich
  • Norwich
  • Leeds
  • Bradford
  • Knutsford
  • Salisbury
  • Slough
  • Hounslow
  • Bristol
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Bucharest, Romania
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • Bangkok, Thailand

I know that staff have worked all over the UK and in other overseas locations too – Ireland, France and Switzerland would certainly feature in lists from some of my colleagues.

So, not exactly a glamorous list of locations (we aren’t trolley dollies after all), but from my perspective this line of work certainly beats a regular job with a daily commute to the same place every week of the year.


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