It’s hard to believe that 25 days have passed and I’m sitting in my hotel room writing my final blog about my CSC experience.
I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m very happy that we’ve completed our assignment. We presented our findings and recommendations to INJAZ yesterday and today. Our recommendations were well received and we have gained INJAZ’s commitment to start implementing the highest priority ones right away. It is so encouraging that our work was deemed as valuable by the client. Often times you wonder if the work you do will actually make an impact. I truly believe after this experience that the work IBM has done will strengthen the foundation of INJAZ.
I say this all the time, IT hardware and software are enablers. IT enables businesses, Governments and NGO’s to operate their business with confidence so the employees can spent their time doing things that really matter. No employee one wants to spend their time waiting on Internet or tools, inputting data in multiple places or wasting time searching for information that should be available. Not only employees but users / clients / customers are impacted by poor IT as well. A streamlined IT process erases the noise and distractions. It is only when you have a solid IT foundation can an organization thrive and grow. Am I being too preachy?
I have learned so much since arriving in Casablanca on February 28th. And, I don’t think I will realize how much I have learned until I return home to Scarborough and get back in my routine. This is where the happiness turns into being sentimental. I will miss so many things here in Casa: the constant blaring of horns from the drivers, the heavy air that lingers from the Altantic Ocean, the chawarma that I have missed so much (ours in Canada is lack luster compared to here), walking to work everyday with my teammates, Edwin and Masa, the daily lunches at Ifrane and the server who hated us at first because we didn’t tip up to his standards but now greets us with a smile. So many things…
But I must not waste mental energy thinking about what will happen in the future, I must focus on the present and enjoy my last few days in Casa. Tomorrow is our last day at INJAZ. Thursday we will be participating in a Community Day with students from a local University. Friday will be spent at the IBM offices before we return to the hotel to pack.
I’m lucky to be spending a few more weeks in Morocco with my friend, Thia. We will be going into the Atlas Mountains, then to the Sahara desert, back to Marrakech, then down to Agadir for a few days of surfing in Tagazhoute. I will be posting some photos when I have access to internet on this extended part of my journey.
Until the next post…