Don’t Call it Outsourcing

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You’re probably burning out your corporate IT folks. With the pace of change and innovation increasing and the organizational demands on IT growing, there are still only 40-60 hours per week to get stuff done. The vast majority of IT’s time is [...]

Even Big Clouds Fall Down

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Another cruel lesson in the realities of multi-national cloud computing platforms.  Did you hear that Microsoft’s Azure storage cloud fell down last week because of a school-boy error?  Someone in Redmond Washington forgot to renew an SSL [...]

Keeping the Weapons Sharp

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It’s Summit season for the ITW Arsenal.  After 3 months of preparation and research, over 200 hours of planning for our leadership group – it’s time to rally our team at a lodge north of the city for 2 days of learning, mind sharing, and to [...]

Why we hate “free”

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Free gifts, free offers, free services.  These things might be attractive for food sales and consumer goods, but I honestly think it’s insulting to the clients in our industry.  Nothing is really free.  Organizations offering [...]

What’s your Strategy?

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The holiday season is often a time for reflection and strategizing for the coming year.  I worry about 2 things. First, people who wait until the holidays to start thinking about their goals for the coming year are already too late.  Second, [...]

The Evolution of IT Careers

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After more than 20 years in our industry, I’ve seen a lot of changes. What’s funny is how the technological advancements are reflected in the job market and the trajectory of IT careers. I’ve heard some folks worry that as the technologies [...]