Why Technology Should Not Drive Business Change

I've seen instances where a Business will look to replace its legacy systems but falls short in terms of properly articulating why this is desired. When you talk to stakeholders, the drivers that tend to emerge are that the systems are old, aren't flexible enough, and/or aren't able to be maintained for much longer. These are all valid reasons but fail to address the underlying motive behind replacing legacy systems: the Business is looking to change and can't do that given its current technical constraints. (more…)
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Wisdom comes from being old, right?

On Thursday, May 13, 2010, I had all four of my wisdom teeth extracted.  Fortunately, all were straight and erupted through the gum (as opposed to impacting other teeth and buried) which meant I only required local freezing instead of being put under.  Good work, wisdom teeth, you saved me a thousand dollars in the process of costing me nine hundred. (more…)
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Get The Flu: It’ll Save Your Life

Get the flu.  No, not the flu shot, the flu.  Go make out with that sick person who insists on coming into your office brimming with disease.  Stop washing your hands and reach out to as many people as you can with those dirty little digits.  Grab onto grandma and hold her extra close when she gives you a big hug that leaves you smelling of lavender and B.O.  The next time someone sneezes, take as deep a breath as possible and see if you can position yourself with your mouth open in case they have one or two more to fire out. (more…)
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How are the children?

My dad wrote a letter to the Edmonton Journal which was published on September 15, 2009.  I'm republishing it here because I couldn't agree more with what he's said - nice work, Dad! The Masai tribe in Africa was considered to be one of the most fearsome and intelligent. Their traditional greeting was, "Kasserian ingera" which means, "and how are the children?" Even warriors without children would reply, "All the children are well," meaning that their priorities of caring for the young and maintaining their society were in place. (more…)
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Shaw Plays Victim of Evil CRTC

This month I looked at my latest cable/internet bill and was surprised by a nice increase in the amount owing. At first I thought I'd been late on my last payment. Nope, that wasn't it so what could it be? I did some investigation and found Shaw has passed along a tax imposed by the CRTC as part of the Local Programming Improvement Fund (LPIF). What's interesting is that the CRTC said the following regarding the tax: (more…)
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Canada Doesn’t Need a Fall Election

If Ignatieff triggers a fall election I may have to start voting Conservative. One, no one really knows who Ignatieff is so why is he convinced that people will rally around a virtually unknown leader of a party that's still rebuilding itself? Two, the majority of Canadians don't want an election so all he'll do is incur the wrath of voters tired of having their tax dollars spent on an exercise that won't truly change anything in the HoC. Three, rather than appear like a petulant child who doesn't like to be down a few runs in a baseball game, why doesn't he take Harper to task on everything and show he's trying to work in the best interests of Canadians? This includes acknowledging that not all Tory ideas are…
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Man I’m Tired

No matter how much sleep I want to get I always seem to find something more interesting to do with my time.  I should be sleeping right now.  I spent all day helping move my friend into his new condo and am going to play shinny tonight at 10.  Tomorrow I'll be getting up semi-early to watch F1 with my friends.  Given all this I should really recharge.  But am I?  Nope, I'm blogging about not sleeping - ironic! Seriously, I used to be able to operate on little to no sleep and go forever.  Sure I'd recharge on the weekends but even then I'd go out late or stay up or whatever.  Now it seems if I get anything less than 7 hours of sleep I feel like I've…
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