From Studying Music at Luther College, to working as a Product & Tap Room Manager for an award winning microbrewery, then on to working as a gourmet chef, and finally to designing & implementing Digital Asset Management Solutions for numerous fortune 500 companies; My varied professional experience has always been source of pride.
Beyond the realm of my professional life, I've spent much of my time performing, traveling, and tinkering with seemingly hopeless causes such as a 130 year old farm house and a classic, unsafe at any speed, vehicle. Some of these accomplishments and experiences have influenced me as much, if not more than my professional life.
It seems like I've always been able to find ways to keep myself out of trouble. I anticipate no difference in the near future. Check out my plans for the rest of 2015 and the not so distant future. Here you'll find some of my goals and ambitions.
Maybe I was inspired a little by Peter Quill and the recent silver screen incarnation Guardians of the Galaxy, but over the last few months while enjoying my countless hours of Spotify listening, I decided to start cataloging music that is particularly meaningful to me. Below is a link to my humble attempt. The transitions are abrupt with artists ranging from Brother Ali to Renée Fleming. Because criteria for inclusion are pretty strict, the list is short, but ever growing. Feel free to take a look, follow if you'd like, and let me know what you think.
Defining the System of Record for your data is akin to defining the governance policy for your information. Because the Enterprise Technology sector is in the process of a monumental shift in the driving force for initiatives, developing a complete understanding of where and how data moves throughout an organization is essential. In the the early 2000s Enterprise Technology Implementations were driven by IT departments. The goals were seemingly obviously:
From our first conversation, you could quickly identify me as a chef, a musician, and a brewer. I’ve tried to identify what has drawn me to each of these seemingly disparate art forms when an important similarity struck me. The strongest parallel among these pursuits are the pivotal elements of time and space. It’s true that all art is highly dependent both on the time or lens it is experienced as well as the experience of the audience. This is especially the case with Craft Brewing, Music Performance and Culinary Arts. The product of their creation is fleeting and temporary, relying solely on the experience of time and space to convey their meaning. The aesthetics of a meal cannot be fully experienced through a review with some pictures and can change drastically depending on whether the meal is experienced with fine china and silver or on a greasy table with chipped stoneware. The best recording experienced over top-of-the-line speakers cannot compare to the experience of the same talented musicians in person. An excellent beer is best enjoyed among friends and requires consistency in its brewing.
This correlation is vital to anyone making decisions in these industries. Successful restaurateurs know that setting the appropriate atmosphere and timing the delivery of a meal are crucial to a positive dining experience. But brewers often fail because they lack that attention to detail. The result of that failure is inconsistent flavors, leading to undefinable brand and image. The Music Industry is also adrift because it has forgotten the emphasis on time and space. Truly talented musicians need to perform live! Recordings shouldn't be the driving source for income for the industry but rather serve to promote and generate excitement for meaningful live experiences. Connecting the dots among these disparate endeavors demonstrates the benefit of taking in the "Big Picture" to draw conclusions and make crucial decisions.
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