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Not all things to all people. All things to all PeopleSoft.
Not all things to all people. All things to all PeopleSoft.

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PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery is getting a ton of ink right now. Here's the quick-and-dirty:

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This video has been making the rounds, but maybe the picture it paints isn't exactly as antisocial as some say.

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NEWS: Impact of & Solutions for FASB Changes to Financial Reporting. Godo information.

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Dubstep Cat, the video. Why not?

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Location services: we all use them, but how many of us really understand the GIS language that lies beneath our consumer applications?

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Am I the only who sees this video and thinks, "Well, he's still gonna have to mow the corners."?

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A true (and disturbing) tale about personal data-mining. It's happening, and with more precision than you might think.

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The Skyrim Problem

This is the story of how I got a little $60 Xbox game for Christmas that has wound up being more of a time-suck than a Ferrari-driving pet unicorn that purchases cases of bratwurst for you with expired pizza coupons and delivers them via zipline right into your fridge.

Last November, offhandedly, I asked my wife for Skyrim, a fantasy role playing game (RPG), as a Christmas gift. It was insanely well-reviewed, and I’ve been a casual fan of the Elder Scrolls series of games. You should take a moment to realize that I was a young dork with Dungeons & Dragons inclinations, so the idea of controlling bunch of pixels in the shape of a warrior and galavanting around a snowy land smashing baddies with a fire-enchanted sword was not altogether unpleasant. Still, I thought it would be a passing interest. To be honest, part of me just wanted to see how Bethesda Softworks, Skyrim’s developer, created the massive environment and set up the game’s quest flow. I’m a ridiculous wonk like that.

Fast forward. As of this writing, Skyrim has devoured over 100 hours of my life, and if I weren’t writing this now I’d probably be playing it. I have a level 55 warrior, and I would be happy to list all the Daedric equipment I have (sorry, that I made, because maxing your smithing skill along with enchantment is totally devastating), but I don’t want to get to much nerd on you. You don’t need that nonsense. I certainly won’t tell you about maxing your sneak skill either, because then I would have to tell you to really work on archery too, because then you could have a Daedric bow that does upwards of 220 damage per shot, not including arrow. And NOT including, I might add if I were going to tell you about this, which I am not, the 3x damage bonus you get with ranged attacks if you are sneaking. And I most certainly will not get into how you can smith and improve weapons and armor to an almost game-breaking degree by doing so while stacking a secondary set of clothing with smithing bonuses and drinking a Blacksmith’s Elixir to really get your armor and damage off the charts. And naturally, I won’t tell you that you should go the heavy armor route, as it has only one penalty, that being encumbrance, but it’s worth the weight penatly for the armor rating alone and you can always take a heavy armor perk that negates weight. And there’s no way I be such a nerd that I would take a picture of my dude on Shadowmere, the baddest horse in the game, and post it here for you to see. NO WAY.

Because that would be really weird for a 42 year old man who by most other measure is ‘professional’ to go on and on about an RPG video game that’s all the talk among the teenagers right now. I mean, who would read a blog about that, right?

HA — you don’t fool anyone. YOU would read such a blog. I casually mentioned I had a wee Skyrim addiction on Twitter, and a few of y’all came out of the woodwork saying you know the pain. So hi there. No need to fake it. Loosen your tie, grab your favorite IPA (Founder’s Double Trouble, if I may proffer a suggestion), and tell me about your weaksauce character. Weaksauce compared to mine, I mean. I’m sure you’re totally happy with it.

At a recent meeting with our sales team, one of our regional directors commented that he receives emails from me at crazy times — late at night, early in the morning, all hours of the day and night. This comment prompted a response from one of the partners that I was “connected 24 x 7″.

This got me thinking. Is that the expectation of the powers-that-be? Is that the expectation of others in the organization, that all inquiries will be answered whether they are on or off working hours? Or is that merely my expectation of myself? I don’t remember the partners sitting me down when I joined MIPRO telling me that if I was going to work here that I was expected to keep physician’s hours and be on-call at all times. The human resources manager did not have me read aloud a section in the employee handbook requiring around-the-clock availability. No one inside the organization makes me feel like they expect a response on the weekend or at 4:30 AM. Yet before I have my first cup of coffee, before my feet hit the floor in the morning, before I even rub the sleep out of my eyes, I reach for my BlackBerry to see what the day holds in store for me.

I never understood the term “crackberry” until I bought my BlackBerry but oh how I understand now. I have never had an addiction to anything, not to alcohol, drugs, video games, gambling…nothing (well maybe shoe shopping) – until my cute little pink Blackberry Curve came into my life. I try not to look at her, really I do. But I just can’t help myself. But I do think about technology, how it affects us and impacts our lives.

Remember before we had smartphones? Before we even had cell phones? Before our phones even had answering machines? Before laptops and home computers? When you left work, you LEFT work. It was still there the next day. And miraculously businesses survived and they managed to make profits. Yet here we are today, connected 24 x 7. Is it good; is it bad?? I don’t know — but I DO know that you will still get emails from me at crazy hours (responding no doubt to your emails at crazy hours). We have all heard of the Type A and Type B personalities but maybe technology has created the Type A+ personality.

A few days after writing down these rambling thoughts, I was sitting in my CPA’s office, waiting to get my taxes done, and I picked up HOUR Detroit magazine. And I read an article, Tethered by Technology, written about the exact same thoughts that had gone through my mind. Actual studies and research have been done around this constant connectedness. People will forego sex, go shoeless and give up alcohol before giving up their mobile devices. And companies are not requiring employees to be connected at all times or to work outside of work hours; employees are doing this willingly. So if companies are not indoctrinating employees with these “connectedness” policies, maybe technology is just affording employees the ability to work to their fullest potential while allowing them to offer their companies a new level of commitment and service. At MIPRO this connectedness is part of our company culture from the top down, trickle-down in action. But will this open-ended workday be the new norm? Should it be the new norm?

What are your thoughts?

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Hands down, the best EAM/ALM show of the year.
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