If You Don't Have Time To Do It Right

Have you ever heard something to the effect of, “There’s not time to finish this, so let’s just fix it good enough?” Why replace a gasket when we can wrap the connection in duct tape? That saves time and gets the job done to a reasonable degree, right? Wrong. Sometimes to check things off our list, we do them quickly and just good enough to get a passing grade. When we speed through things and cut corners, we create problems that inevitably will have to be fixed down the road. Going back to my gasket example, if you put duct tape on the gasket instead of replacing it, you’re banking on the duct tape lasting. It is difficult to plan when duct tape is going to fail. Instead of taking the extra

New Infor EAM Webinars Announced

Infor EAM is constantly evolving, adding new features and functionality to the software. To keep users up to date on all that is happening, Advoco has added a number of new webinars to our live webinar lineup including: July 24th – Two Technical Problems All Users Face: Work Order History Migration & Direct Data Access for Hosted Clients August 21st – What’s New In Version 11.4 September 18th – The Power of Checklists: An Improved Tool in Version 11.4 ·October – Post Implementation: You’re Live, Now What? We are also launching another Infor and Advoco collaborative webinar series, The Power of Visualization. Mark your calendars for this series, launching in August, which will include: August

Leave It Better Than You Found It

I grew up sharing a love for the outdoors with my friends and family. At an early age, I was taught the saying, “leave it better than you found it.” This saying is the base of outdoor ethics. It encourages people to improve natural areas whenever they go hiking, camping, boating, etc. This might involve picking up litter at a campsite or moving fallen debris from a trail. It also means that you never leave the area worse than you found it. You always pack out your trash and leave a minimal impact. In adulthood, I have applied this mantra to all aspects of my life. It is easy to turn a blind-eye to the “litter” in our day-to-day life and to blame the mess on someone else but addressing it can

Identifying Your #1

As a twenty-something year old programmer wannabe, I had the great fortune of participating in my company's initial offshore development adventure of strategically expanding our product offerings. This project had rapid launch goals which required outside help to achieve. We were four months into building our vendor relationship, and our arms were locked with our new Mumbai-based development team. That morning’s commute to SEEPZ in Andheri was like any other when then Datastream CTO, Fury Christ, turned to me and asked, “What’s your #1 problem?” Taken back a bit, I initially thought, “My gosh man, we are doing revolutionizing work here. We’re in the trenches, carnage everywhere, on the fly d

What Do You Practice

The old adage “practice makes perfect” is something we are all familiar with. If you spend 10 hours a day dribbling a soccer ball, you’ll get pretty good at soccer. But what about soft skills? Do you take time to practice those? I was scrolling through social media and I found this video of a young boy posing the question “What do you practice?” and I just had to share it. What do you practice every day? What you practice is what you will get good at. What do you practice? Do you practice joy in your life? Do you practice peace in your life? Do you practice happiness in your life? Or do you practice a lot of complaining. Because if you complain you will get very good at it and you will get s

Stay Above the Noise

I have a confession: I'm an amateur radio operator. I have been for 22 years. I have conversations with people down the street, across the country, and on the other side of the globe – all over the air. I also enjoy listening to podcasts, and naturally I’ve found some podcasts that combine these two interests. The host of one of my favorite podcasts, Christian Cudnik, (100 Watts and a Wire) signs off with a phrase that got me thinking. He ends his shows with "Try and stay above the noise." On the air, we need to worry about something called "signal to noise ratio." While it sounds complicated, signal to noise is simple to understand. The signal is the person who I'm trying to listen to. The

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