Data Cadence

What is the cadence of data? Cadence is a concept from both theory of constraints (Eli Goldratt) and lean manufacturing (Womack, Jones, others) that is used to sync the operations of the factory floor to the pace of the slowest Read more…

The World’s Biggest DB

I wonder what the world’s biggest database is? Is it Facebook? Is it Amazon? Is it Google? Microsoft? Maybe it is Oracle or Salesforce? Maybe it is the credit bureaus or credit card companies? Or is it some government agency? Read more…

Email as a Proxy for Work

I have been listening to Cal Newport’s latest book entitled, A World Without Email. The premise is that we need to change our working patterns to reduce our reliance on distracting and often unproductive email and other electronic messaging tools. Read more…

There’s a Field for It

One of my longest running information technology dilemmas has to do with database fields. In the early days of databases, there was always the desire to solve everything just by adding another field… If you were using a generic database Read more…

Behaving Badly

To say that there is a lot of bad behavior on the Internet is an understatement. And I am not just talking about the disingenuous and unnuanced commentary. While those issues carry over into the general use of technology, there Read more…

IT Clutter

The amount of IT clutter is enormous. And I am not just talking about about IT hardware clutter that is sitting in storage somewhere. The are just so many files, accounts, databases and other forms of digital clutter. It can Read more…

Lost in Complexity

Information technology can be incredibly unforgiving. In all the effort made to error trap on data entry, software can be overbearing.. Yes, on one hand, thank God there is built-in error checking. Preventing the preventable…and automating that which can be Read more…

Entropy and Ergodicity

The concepts of entropy and ergodicity are very different, but they are very much related in my mind. I think they are similar because both of these concepts explain why things that are supposed to happen don’t happen. Entropy has Read more…