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The Inaugural Acquia Engage Event

on Thu, 11/06/2014 - 13:42

It is Thursday morning (well, at least when I started the first draft) and I'm having a cup of coffee prior to hitting the road and heading home after spending the past few days in Boston for Acquia's innaugural Engage , a digital business transformation conference.

The conference ran all day Tuesday and Wednesday and featured several keynotes in addition to several tracks comprised of case studies and presentations.

The Lays of Beleriand by JRR Tolkien

on Sun, 10/26/2014 - 19:04

The Lays of Beleriand by J.R.R. Tolkien
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I had read volumes 1 & 2 of the History of Middle Earth many years ago. I've more recently read volumes 6 through 12, leaving 3, 4, and 5 left for me in the series of edited works by Christopher Tolkien of his father's work.

I really enjoyed the books on LOTR as it allowed me to see how the story developed over time.

Volume 12 provided two previously unreleased stories, which were intriguing to me.

Volume 3, however, has become my favorite of the series.

NYC Camp 2015 - Commerce Summit

on Tue, 10/14/2014 - 20:22

I offered to help out at the 2015 NYC Camp again this year. For my part I'll be helping define the description, select sessions, and keep the Commerce Summit on target.

Below is a first draft of a description based on last year's and my own input. These won't be the session topics, but generally speaking I think this is the type of content attendees would be interested in learning more about.

I'd appreciate any thoughts on this description as well as any sessions or topics you'd like to see presented.

Thanks!

Commerce

The Commerce Summit is aimed at helping business decision makers

My Second Drupaldelphia Experience

on Thu, 09/25/2014 - 16:35
Drupaldelphia is the Philadelphia area Drupal Camp. It is a one day event that has been held at the Convention Center the past two years. What I love about these events is the fact that they are volunteer run, have a low cost ($25 for Philly, $0 for NYC), and are filled with amazing attendees and presenters.

I drove to the event with a colleague, Leslea, and met another there. We pretty much took different sessions, I think there was one I took along with our developer. Leslea joined our group not too long ago and Drupal was completely new to her.

Last Week I Learned I Don't Know Much About Change Management

on Mon, 09/22/2014 - 17:49

Last week I attended EXL's Change Management and Business Transformation Summit for the Life Sciences in Philadelphia. It was the first time this event was offered. There were about forty people there each of the two days and probably 60-75 different people over the course of the event.

I had previously presented at EXL's Digital Marketing for Medical Device West in San Diego and was asked if I could deliver my presentation at this conference as well.

I was glad to. I had taken some of the feedback along with new thoughts and incorporated them into the presentation.

Coming Soon: Change Management & Business Transformation > 9/15, Philly, PA

on Fri, 09/05/2014 - 03:12

Glad I took some time to review my upcoming calendar now that Labor Day is behind us and "summer" is over.

I realized I've got Drupaldelphia coming up on 9/12, then on 9/15 & 16 I'll be back in Philadelphia for EXL's Change Management and Business Transformation Summit for the Lifesciences, where I'll be presenting on day 2 regarding disruption and adoption.

I have a 45 minute presentation and 90 minutes of content, time for the hard work, consolidate, cut, and cut!

I gave a version of this in May, at Digital Marketing for Medical Device West, and have added some thoughts to what is the

Ten Books that Have Stayed with You

on Sun, 08/31/2014 - 20:11

A friend on Facebook recently had a post about ten books that have stayed with her. These didn't have to be the best books, but instead the ones that have impacted you in a special way.

I thought it was a great topic for a post of my own, so here goes, and I'm keeping to fiction only, and as I went I realized I have to break it up between adult and childhood and by childhood, I'm going with elementary school with the exception of Tolkien, who I first read in 6th grade, but most of what I read was after that:

  1. Tolkien's Middle Earth, I simply can't break this out into individual books.

The Power of Community

on Fri, 08/29/2014 - 20:19

I grew up in a reasonably small town. My father was a health and physical education teacher for close to 40 years. He also coached several sports, but was best known as a Hall of Fame wrestling coach. Growing up, it was the one sport that our school could compete against anyone and be competitive. In 34 years the team never had a losing season with him as coach, but before his arrival, they had never experienced a winning one.

Our team acquired a tremendous fan base. At one point, in a 2000 seat gym, we had 800 season ticket holders.

I grew up expecting that everyone would know who I was

People of the Book by Gerladine Brooks

on Thu, 08/21/2014 - 01:55

People of the BookPeople of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks is the story of the Sarajevo Haggadah.

Unfortunately, I felt like the summary on the jacket cover was more interesting than the book itself.

I felt like there was a disconnect between the history aspect of the book, with the modern time. It didn't flow right for me and I didn't feel like the historic rebuild was connected and sequenced properly.

It was a decent read, but nothing I'd brag about or recommend.

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Klout to Impact Hiring, Seriously?

on Fri, 08/15/2014 - 18:46

Came across an article on JobHop.uk.com titled, "You Won't Get a Job With a Klout Score of 30!" and just had to laugh. I thought this type of article had died out last year.

[Google Trends on term: Klout.com - 2011 to 2013]

Don't get me wrong, I think there is something to ranking/rating individuals in terms of their influence, but we aren't there yet, and that includes Klout.

The article states, "If a company is looking to recruit for a marketing role, public relations or a sales position, one of the easiest ways to qualify candidates pre interview stage is to make sure they have a high

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