It’s Been Two Years ..

My name is Michael, and it has been 306 days since my last blog post.

But, here I am. When I left off, I had just received my second shot in “Got my Second! | OpsanBlog“. I got my third in December .. from Costco, of all places.

With that said, so bloody much has changed:

Where to begin / continue? We went remote on March 12, 2020 .. it’s been two years since I:

  • Have been in my office. I fear the two-year-old ham sandwich lurking therein. Our offices are ‘open’ now (with protocols), but they’ve not called us back on a day-to-day basis.
  • Went anywhere without a mask.
    • I keep it with me and still wear it during transitions in the well-ventilated places.
    • I’m less worried about myself (triple-vaccinated), and more about perception / concern from others in the area who may not be as well prepared.
    • I keep it on when at Costco, FedEx, the grocery, etc.
  • Have shaken anyone’s hand, preferring the ‘Ebola Elbow‘, which everyone seems to understand.

We’re coming into Spring .. going outside is good. Vaccines are slowing, but the counts are always increasing. Omicron has proven to be more mild, although the long-term effects are still unknown. There may be another variant (or two) of interest .. likely later in the Fall, so we can enjoy the Summer.

I’m not a hermit .. I go out. I’m selective on the places I visit and protect myself and others when I needed. I suggest you maintain situational awareness and behave appropriately. Watch the news but live your life.

Oh: “I’m not a Doctor” .. please talk with yours.

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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