Category Archives: This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

The Message and the Medium

edit: updated video link edit: H/T to my brother, Paul Kraatz, for pointing to the one episode of The Office I had not seen for the video below. I’ve been meaning to write this post for years now but it … Continue reading

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RFPs: More free advice nobody will take

When I received a memo from one of my sales guys a while back regarding a small government RFP I immediately checked the article index for a quick link I could send to illustrate why we on the pointy end … Continue reading

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Cell Phone Towers: Are We STILL Having This Conversation?

Christina Wise is a friend of mine who lives in Boulder Creek, CA.  She recently recounted in an editorial “A Story of Cell Phone Towers and Bad Chi”.  It’s sad, really, because it shows just how powerful, mean and destructive … Continue reading

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Advice for our New Hires

We just wrapped up a multi-week bootcamp this month for some recent college graduate hires we call the GSAP program in EMC Consulting (now EMC Global Services).  It’s the most successful talent acquisition program we run and I am a … Continue reading

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Tech news I can actually bear to read

ReadWrite – Let’s All Shed Tears For The Crappy Startups That Can’t Raise Any More Money. I finally found some tech news I can stomach, unlike the rest of it.  Maybe that’s because it isn’t news at all, but actual … Continue reading

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Capacity Management Twice a Year? No. Just, no.

One of my colleagues heard a cry for help from a client struggling to manage their infrastructure capacity.  One month they’re flush with resources, the next they’re dying for disk, CPU and, in some cases, network bandwidth.  This memo was … Continue reading

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Demand Management does not mean what you think it means

So can we stop mangling the term in the same way people have destroyed the word “theory” over the last 50 years?  A theory is not some cockamamie idea you thought up 5 minutes ago but a rational, supported, tested … Continue reading

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How investors can make money off the ‘cloud’ – write empty articles

How investors can make money off the ‘cloud’ – USATODAY.com. Just get paid to write more articles like this about “the cloud”.  If you never have to speak clearly, define any terms or even use them correctly and still get … Continue reading

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This is why “Shadow IT” happens

One of my friends, let’s call him Rich, works for one of the largest school districts in the U.S. as a technology coordinator.  Rich is the business end between the classroom and the prodigious IT resources a top-10 school district … Continue reading

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Cisco’s VNI Forecast Projects…whatever the hell it wants

Cisco’s VNI Forecast Projects the Internet Will Be Four Times as Large in Four Years – The Network: Cisco’s Technology News Site. I really want to love a study that uses the term zettabyte without a trace of sarcasm but … Continue reading

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