Professional Experience

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.

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Personal Experience

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.

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The Present and Future

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.

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What I'm Taking With Me...

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.

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Target Field Fireworks

Defining a System of Record

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:

  • Streamline hardware and licensing resources
  • Create an acceptable User Experience for end users accessing applications
  • Decrease the amount of time IT spends supporting end users
  • Enable self-service for end users
  • Limit system access and define manageable security practices
While IT departments were fairly successful at streamlining resources, supporting end users(to a debatable level) and gate-keeping, they suffered greatly in creating User Experiences which were anything more than tolerable. The backlash of this has been that initiatives which were previously driven by CTOs or CIOs, are now moving to the realm of Creative Directors. Creative teams have taken on the task of implementing applications for themselves. Projects which were previously bankrolled by IT are now funded by the Creative Departments.

The transition to this model has drastically raised the bar for User Experience in even the most technical of applications, but unfortunately has also introduced a data management scenario which is fraught with peril. Through the course of an Implementation, IT may only be engaged to put hardware in place, open up necessary ports, provide security audits and other important, but granular activities. This limited scope of engagement has grown silos of information in enterprise environments, introducing a fragile web of superfluous integrations, inconsistencies in data, and counteracted the very things previous IT initiatives were aimed toward solving.

To be successful in creating a new system integration or to clean up system(s) taxonomies, tackle the process using the following methodical approach. The task may be tedious at times, but taking the approach to map out each field of data will ensure unity and appropriate ownership of all information.
  1. Identify the Core information necessary for users in the destination system
  2. Identify the desired format(UI/UX) for that data in the destination system
  3. Hunt down the original information source, ensuring that system is the true and accurate System of Record
  4. Define any transformation that may need to take place to conform to the desired format in the destination system
  5. Gain consensus from stakeholders on the ongoing update strategy each field.
I intend to write a more comprehensive article about these steps in the near future, check back soon for more information!


Regarding "Consumed" Art

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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