Dude, where’s my car?


Fortunately, a rental car, rented from Avis (as always) at LAX.

This time, it was a shiny, red, Pontiac Monte Carlo, exactly like the shiny, red Pontiac Monte Carlo (also rented from Avis) by another guest of the hotel.

While I know the other guest and I didn’t swap valet claim checks, I can only assume the valet grabbed the wrong keys while reaching for a shiny, red, Pontiac Monte Carlo.

We looked at when we picked it up, and in the dark, it looked like our car. Imagine our surprise when we got to the return lot.

The Avis manager checked us out and called the hotel to notify the other guest of the mix-up and all is well.


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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