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October 23, 2017

“Work smarter, not harder.” Who hasn’t heard this phrase? In fact, it’s become a cliché. But just because it’s a cliché doesn’t mean it’s wrong! Nowhere is this phrase more necessary than in technology. 

Between fire drills, “urgent emails,” outages, and everything el...

June 19, 2017

Have you ever had the chance to head up into the St. Louis Arch? It’s a wonderful experience, with one giant caveat. Don’t go if it’s too windy! 

Here in the Midwest, we get some good wind gusts. The engineers that built the Arch had to take that into account and creat...

February 20, 2017

When it comes to projects, most of us have heard of the old saying: “you can have it good, fast, cheap…but only pick two!” There’s a visual representation of this at the bottom of this piece that we really liked. 

This concept has been around for a while, so why re-has...

February 3, 2017

Our last few blog posts have been about us and how we’re different than the “big guys.” Some people have written in to say that we’re being “too hard on the big guys.”

Fair point. The big guys didn’t get big on accident. They must have been doing something right to get...

January 23, 2017

Have you heard of this saying: “No one ever got fired for picking Salesforce?” It essentially means, with all of the choices available to us, you can’t necessarily go wrong with choosing the ‘safe’ pick. So, instead of ‘wasting’ time to investigate new options and pote...

June 20, 2016

Proactive IT has been swiftly replacing reactive IT as the service model of choice– but that is not be all IT departments and organizations should aspire to. In addition to being proactive, an IT department also has to be agile. This is especially true in the modern IT...

November 16, 2015

If you're seeking increases to your budget, you need to communicate the value delivered associated with that increase. But how can IT translate its operational data into actionable business insights, and how can these be turned into investments? Being outcome-driven an...

September 7, 2015

The age of the Internet has allowed us to comparison shop like never before, which has its pros and cons. Instead of evaluating products and services based on our needs and requirements, we start evaluating on one component: price.

Low Price Has a Cost

Let’s look at Spir...

August 17, 2015

A random act, no matter how positive or negative the outcome, is still a random act, and thus it cannot be relied upon in the future. Though you may be able to successfully complete a project or deliver a product on time, the success will have little meaning if you are...

August 10, 2015

The CIO is charged with delivering on IT effectiveness. But as companies move toward an outsourced delivery model for IT services, there is some confusion over the issue of who is responsible for ensuring technology is delivering business value. Who owns this– the busi...

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