IOUG Member SpotlightJoin IOUG each month as we shine the spotlight on one of our members. Learn fun facts about what inspires our members, what they do for fun and how they got started in their careers.
March 2017 - Michael Abbey
What's your current job and title?
Freelance ACBL (American Contract Bridge League) Club Director.
What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
Discovering Pythian and the spring of 1999 when I started full-time.
What was your childhood dream job?
Driving a truck, and tasting the ginger ale that was flowing, some day, from the water fountains throughout the world.
How long have you been a member of IOUG? What's your best experience thus far?
I have been a member since 1991. Our first IOUG-Alive in Dallas in 1997, the inaugural show after Oracle started doing OpenWorld in 1996.
What advice do you wish someone had given you when you first started your career as a technologist?
Tunnel vision has no place in IT. Welcome all opportunities to learn new technologies, but do not forget about what you already know and practice.
What features or products are on your wish list and why?
Being retired, I have none. In my new passion, Bridge, it would be to eliminate the minor suits and have 26 spades and 26 hearts in every deck.
What is the biggest technical and/or business challenge you have faced, and how did you overcome it?
Working for a global company for so many years, and adapting to the demographics and wide range of work personas I had to relate to daily. I loved that aspect of my IT career.
How do you stay active? How did you discover that activity?
I stay active through direct bridge games and playing bridge. A close friend got me started in 2014. Bridge was a natural for me, with a mathematical mind.
What's your favorite film? Any memorable moments? Any favorite quotes?
BladeRunner. The nagging question is…was Deckart one of them?
What piques your passion in technology?
New-fangled stuff that makes sense for the user rather than just the vendor.
Follow Michael on Twitter, @PreferMajors.