Rainy Day Saturday

I’m hanging out with the fam in our Great Room (coincidentally, where six nodes of our internal network reside) in ‘parallel play’ with the kidlings. It’s cool enough we may just light a fire.

  • Connor is doing homework. He’s on the hook for a paper on the A-bomb attack on Nagasaki.
  • Hunter is busily constructing a Sim City 3000 city. His secondary goal? To modify all the resource cost settings and pollution counters so he’ll be able to build faster. His primary goal? He wants to nuke the city with a planned series of disasters. Hey, it’s tidier than his latest Lego city destruction (I’m still finding arms everywhere).
  • Cassie appropriated my notebook from the my last EBay Developer Conference (where I was a booth babe, showing off Microsoft Small Business Accounting and our Visual Studio Express Editions to a positively RABID developer community). She’s drawing the alphabet, complete with pictographs with each letter. We had to settle on ‘vulture’ for V and ‘yo-yo’ for Y.

I don’t need a SPOT watch to tell me it’s raining outside. It’s (nearly) October in Seattle.

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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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