RE BlogNews and Notes

May

14

User Adoption = Success!

System Administrators often find themselves caught trying to fulfill the promises and hype that come with a new system purchase. As ERP companies learned the hard way over the last twenty years, a system is only as good as its user adoption. Metrics cannot flow to management without individual users, on a consistent basis, doing […]

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Mar

25

Iterative Thinking is a Lifestyle

A student in a recent JIRA Boot Camp commented on how I described agile processes differently than a consultant her company had brought in. She noted that what I described seemed to make more sense. This got me thinking about those differences, why our approaches were different, and why it should matter. I read a […]

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Jan

14

Nexus 9, Chromebook Competitor?

As a longtime Chrome OS user and original ASUS Transformer owner, I was very intrigued when the Nexus 9 and its designed keyboard-case combo were released. I have wished for a smaller, high-resolution Chromebook for some time. This would be very handy when on the run–something Palm figured out in 2007 with the Folio. I […]

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Dec

26

Entrepreneur or Profiteer?

Over the years I have become increasingly frustrated with the misuse of some terms in our business culture. It is very stylish to characterize yourself as an Entrepreneur in America today, and it seems to matter little whether you actually have started businesses of your own. I can tell you as someone that has both […]

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Apr

05

The Cloud Life, Backups are for People Too

I had a real life cloud crisis moment occur this week. Fortunately some wise choices prevented disaster. The crisis was in my business but I will bridge the gap to personal very directly. This experience cemented my belief that my current cloud data strategy is correct. More importantly I stressed the system and it worked. […]

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Jan

02

Cloud Computing and Business

Over the last few years there has been a raging debate over the intelligence of cloud computing for consumers. With the success of Dropbox, Drive, et al, we see the tide has turned. Consumers are increasingly happy being seamlessly (mostly) connected to their data across their computing platforms (pc, laptop, tablet and smartphone). The current […]

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Oct

08

Three Critical Principles Of Developing Enterprise Software

Understanding, Workflow, Delivery. These three concepts sound trite, soundbites in technology for decades (substitute Execution for Workflow during the 1990’s). It is hard to overstate the value of these key ideas and it is even harder to do a good job in making them a natural part of your team’s effort. They have many enemies: […]

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Apr

29

RE:Design/UXD Conference, San Jose 2013

Day 1 I am attending a two day conference focused on User Experience Design. At the end of the first day I can clearly say this was a valuable event even if every presenter tomorrow is really awful. You can find more information at the conference website (http://www.redesignconference.com/). I will run through the sessions and […]

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Jan

25

Bicsi 2013

I am heading back from Bicsi 2013 held in Tampa, Florida. It was a really good conference and I have renewed confidence in Bicsi as an organization. This was our fortieth anniversary national conference, and the staff did a great job without going over the top. I have been a member since 1994 and received […]

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Sep

25

The Fix for Technical Education

Most engineers in my generation will not have direct experience with what I will be describing, and that is the shame of technical education in the latter part of the 20th century. Early last century the progression into a productive career was clear. You needed to walk yourself down to a business that built things, […]

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