So, I took a week off to vacation in Seattle

FourKids20060826.. and all I got was this photo.

Kidding, of course (about the vacation, that is): I was very, very busy this week, even though I was OOF. We did get lots of other stuff; produce from Eastern Washington, heartburn from fast food whilst on the road and agita from visiting the folks.

Kidding again, it was great to see my parents.

See that delightful dish in this photo? That’s me 😉 Kidding (yet again): I meant the dish on the far right. My oldest daughter came to visit for the week.

I took the opportunity to catch four of my kids in one photo. For SOME reason, Cassie decided to show us her gum and Hunter was pretending he was sucking on something sour.

I can’t explain it; I can only report it.

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About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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