The New “BI” (Baseball Intelligence)

I spent last week at an off-site meeting with several other Microsoft people.  With the unbelievable playoff action that was going on, the lunchtime topic inevitably turned to baseball.  Given the international flavor of the table, it was an interesting set of perspectives on the sport.  I am a huge baseball fan and I always…

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Digital Gotham

If you’ve been around the Microsoft architecture “scene” (OK, it’s not a scene, but I don’t know what to call it), you are familiar with the Digital Metropolis metaphor.  Courtesy of Pat Helland (quite possibly the funniest man at Microsoft), it paints enterprise computing in comparison to a typical large city in the 1800s.  The…

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Mr. patterns & practices goes to Washington (sorta)

I spent last week in Reston, VA (just outside of Washington DC) at the patterns & practices Summit.  This was the third and final one of the calendar year and the first that was a certified sell-out.  It’s definitely been a gratifying experience to see this go from an idea that Keith Pleas and I…

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Insufficent US Education Resources & The Link To Outsourcing

WARNING- Rant Ahead.  Proceed with caution. :->   It takes a village to raise a child, but what does that mean?  To me, it’s about providing the opportunities and support for them to reach their potential.  Take a child’s future career.  A college degree was once a luxury that indicated some elite level of education. …

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