Category: Technology Strategy
Ryan Van Fleet
Ryan Van Fleet
20 Apr, 2017

Taming of the Subselect: Three ways to use this troublesome SQL Query

Subselects can be used in many ways: filtering, retrieving specific data, and creating custom joins. Writing effective SQL using subselects, though, can be frustrating. While SQL is ubiquitous in software engineering and is a valuable skill for testing, data analysis and reporting, nowadays a lot of SQL is abstracted...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
10 Jan, 2017

Software vs The Evil Forces of Entropy

Requirements evolve, technology evolves, processes evolve, and users evolve. So why is it that the systems, applications, and their underlying architectures seemingly get built in a way that after a couple iterations of extension, they become brittle and saddled with “technical debt”? More importantly, is there anything that can...
Ryan Van Fleet
Ryan Van Fleet
08 Nov, 2016

6 Out of Scope Ways to Add Value to your Company and Clients

It seems to go without saying that adding value is important. As consultants, we add value through our work; otherwise, our clients wouldn’t hire us. Every day, we try to maximize our delivery according to the Statement of Work (SOW) we have in place and the business needs of our client.  Value...
Bill Lenoir
Bill Lenoir
18 Oct, 2016

Web Accessibility Should Be a Goal for All Sites

For many businesses, web accessibility is viewed as more of a hassle or statutory requirement than a good business practice. Accessibility only becomes important when compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (or a similar state regulation) is required to win a contract. The reality is that an accessible website enables your business...
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
04 Oct, 2016

Running Successful Technology Assessments

These days, almost every business relies on technology products and platforms to run daily operations and meet its goals. Unfortunately, your business needs and the functionality and performance of your supporting technology frequently fall out of alignment. A technology assessment is a good way to baseline where you are: what works,...
Bill Lenoir
Bill Lenoir
01 Jun, 2016

The Gettysburg Address and Developing the Right Product

Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg address is a perfect product. In under 300 words, Lincoln synthesized all of the arguments for why we were fighting the Civil War.1 Anything more would have muddied the message, and anything less would have sold the cause short. What people forget is that the Gettysburg...
Peter S. Buchanan
Peter S. Buchanan
10 May, 2016

Sales v. Product Management: Why Can’t We All Just Get Along

In a growing tech company, sales needs product management and vice versa, but, too often, these two functions don’t get along.  The result can be disastrous:  Misaligned products, missed sales goals, lots of finger pointing, and too much employee turnover.  As you think about scaling your company, you should...
Jay Gelman
Jay Gelman
28 Apr, 2016

Multi-Tenancy for Testing

Any time you make a change to software, you run the risk of breaking some part of the system that was previously working.  That’s why any well-run software development project has regression tests.  You want to make sure that any changes don’t have any negative impacts, and regression tests...
Rick Garvin
Rick Garvin
19 Apr, 2016

When a Great CTO Isn’t Enough: The Role of the VP of Engineering

In today’s fast moving tech world, great CTOs have achieved truly mythical status.  Think Adrian Cockroft, the Netflix, who drove Netflix’s cloud adoption for streaming video, or Werner Vogels, who invented and continues to build out Amazon Web Services, the world’s most successful Cloud platform.  Every CEO who is...
Bill Lenoir
Bill Lenoir
12 Apr, 2016

Rule Books: A Secret Ingredient for Scaling Companies

Every game has rules – except for Calvinball – so I would bet that most people have at least leafed through a rule book. Game rule books attempt two things: teach you how to play AND serve as a reference during play. Businesses need rule books, too, to support...


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