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When talking to clients about their business goals, most business executives are pretty clear as to what they want to accomplish, such as reducing customer churn or reducing inventory costs or improving quality of care or improving product line profitability. But these “one dimensional” business initiatives really don’t push the organization’s innovative thinking. For example, I can easily reduce marketing costs if I significantly reduce advertising and promotional spending. Or I can easily improve product line profitability by cutting all marketing and advertising spending and laying off anyone not directly related to manufacturing and sell products. Where organizations need to get innovative is when the business initiative has more than one dimension or condition, for example: Reduce customer churn while reducing customer service costs, or Reduce inventory costs w... (more)

Anthony Soave’s Employees Show What it Takes to Be a Leader

Anthony Soave is a dynamic leader, committed to the success and growth of his family of business, Soave Enterprises.  As a leader, he portrays the unique characteristics necessary to lead his employees and envision the next progressive steps for the future of each Soave affiliate.  But Anthony Soave believes that being a leader means being a team player, and being able to create cohesion between a diverse range of people, ideas, processes, and goals.  Soave once stated, “Leadership positions have often been portrayed as lonely roles.  I think this is usually an oversimplified and limited view.  It can be very rewarding to lead, and the ability to guide others is regularly demonstrated in one way or another by each of Soave Enterprises’ employees. Leadership is expressed in widely different roles and settings – through involvement in jobs, schools, community organiz... (more)

Award-Winning Saint Arnold Summer Pils Returns

HOUSTON, April 27, 2009 – There may be a drought across much of Texas, but craft beer fans will not have to go thirsty this summer. Saint Arnold Brewing, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, today announced the long-awaited reintroduction of Saint Arnold Summer Pils. Beginning May 1, 2009, Saint Arnold Summer Pils will be available on tap and in 12-ounce bottles sold in six-packs and cases as stock of Saint Arnold Spring Bock are exhausted. It will be available throughout Texas at grocery and liquor stores, bars and restaurants. This is the first time Saint Arnold Summer Pils has been available since winning the Silver Medal in the Münchner-Style Helles category at the 2008 Great American Beer Festival (GABF). Saint Arnold Summer Pils is a delicately flavored Bohemian-style pilsner. “We tweaked the recipe a few years ago and the end result was light and refreshing w... (more)

Saint Arnold Wins Gold, Prepares to Bid Farewell to Original Brewery

HOUSTON, September 28, 2009 - The crew from Saint Arnold Brewing Company (, the oldest craft brewery in Texas, is returning from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) with gold. They won't bother finding a spot to hang the medal, though, because their offices and brewing operations will soon be moving to their new brewery in a historic building on the north side of downtown Houston. Judges in the Munich Style Helles category awarded the gold medal to Saint Arnold Summer Pils, the brewery's summer seasonal. This is the fourth time Saint Arnold Summer Pils has earned a medal at the GABF in this category.  It previously won silver in 2008, 2005 and 2003.  The brewery has now won a total of 13 medals at the GABF over the past 11 years. Saint Arnold Summer Pils is brewed every spring and available during the summer months throughout Texas. It is a c... (more)

Master Class on Adobe Flex in Brussels and More

After teaching our popular advanced Flex master class in New York, Boston, Toronto, London, and Moscow, we are hitting the beer capital of the world: Brussels, Belgium. This class is scheduled for the first days of March, and we hope that Flex 4 will be officially released by this date. Our book Enterprise Development with Flex should hit the book stores by then too. To take advantage of the early bird prices register early at If you can't make it to Brussells, I'll be glad to meet with you at 360 Flex in San Jose, CA on March 7-10, where I'll be presenting on one of the topic from this master class. If you can't make it to San Jose, I'll be very happy to meet you at Flash and the City conference in May in New York City. Most likely I'll show you a really cool way of embedding a Flex application into a PDF file to be played by Acrobat Reader.... (more)

What Am I Hearing and Seeing While Out and About

It has been a busy fall 2011 which started out with VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas just before the labor day weekend. Scenes from the CXI party (@cxi) at VMworld 2011 Besides activity in support of the launch of my new book Cloud and Virtual Data Storage Networking (CRC Press), I have been busy with various client research, consulting and advisory projects. In addition to Las Vegas for VMworld, out and about travel activities for attending conferences and presenting seminars have included visits in Minneapolis (local), Nijkerk Holland and Denver (in the same week) and Orlando (SNW). Upcoming out and about events are scheduled for Los Angles, Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle and a couple of trips to San Jose area before the brief thanksgiving holiday break. Beer and Bitter ballens on the left, coffee machine in Nijkerk on the right Day one of two day seminar in Nijkerk Bicycles l... (more)

Winners revealed in 2012 Extreme Redesign contest by Dimension 3D printing

Engineering students worldwide recognised for innovative designs FRANKFURT - 11th April 2012 - Dimension 3D Printing, a brand of Stratasys, Inc. (NASDAQ: SSYS), today announced the winners in its eighth annual Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. The global contest encourages students to submit an innovative product design, a redesign of an existing product, or an original work of art or architecture. Dimension 3D Printing is awarding each of three student winners $2,500 (approx. £1,630) or $1000 (approx. £650) scholarships in the categories of Middle and High School Engineering, College Engineering, and Art & Architecture. A list of winners follows. For full descriptions and supporting artwork of designs, visit Designs are awarded based on creativity, usefulness, part integrity and aesthetics. Instructors of the three fir... (more)

[berkman] Dries Buytaert: Drupal and sustaining collaborative efforts

Dries Buytaert [twitter:Dries] , the founder of Drupal and co-founder of Acquia, is giving a Berkman lunch talk about building and sustaining online collaborations. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness. Over-emphasizing small matters. Paraphrasing badly. Not running a spellpchecker. Mangling other people’s ideas and words. You are warned, people. Drupal is an open source content manager, Dries says. In the past twelve years, Drupal has “grown significantly”: 71 of the top 100 universities use it, 120 nations use it, the White House uses it, 2 of of the 3 top music companies use it, the King of Belgium uses it. [Dries is Belgian :) ] The NY Stock Exchange is converting from a proprietary Java solution to Drupal. Five of the 6 top media companies use it. One out of 50 wesbites run on Dru... (more)

TechEd Memories – My Bottle Collection

Okay.. this is purely for fun, but I thought it was time to share my collection of some of my Microsoft TechEd doo-dads with all of you.  (We are celebrating 20 years of TechEd, this year, are we not?)    TechEd is and has always been one of my favorite weeks of the year.  I have been attending nearly every year since 1994; only missing 1996 and 1997 when my boss wouldn’t let me go.    In addition to some of the TechEd Bags, and the cheap plastic wristwatch from 1994, I have collected and saved little tidbits of TechEd history.   So here are my bottles.  Click on each for a better look. 1999 – Dallas, Texas I thought it was geeky enough for Microsoft to create more than one design for the water bottles they gave us, that I took two of them home with me.  That’s what got me hooked.   2000 – Orlando, Florida Because I was attending my 5th TechEd, I was admitted ... (more)

31 Days of our Favorite Things: Windows Server 2012 and the RSATs (Part 24 of 31)

RSAT stands for Remote Server Administration Tools.  This is the toolset that IT Pros have come to know and love, because it is the toolset that lets them keep sitting at their desks. “You mean, it contributes to the obesity epidemic in America?” Well.. I wouldn’t go that far.  But it certainly doesn’t help.  And that’s not what it was designed for.  How about we agree that when you’re done reading this, you promise to get up, stretch, and take a walk.* What I mean is that it’s the toolset that IT Pros use to manage their servers right from their workstations.  And with the huge (HUGE) improvements in Windows Server 2012, and in particular the Server Manager for fully managing all of your servers from one console, this becomes a very powerful toolset. To describe what the RSAT tools (redundant) do for you, allow me to share with you the text from the download page, ... (more)

Soave Automotive Explores the 2013 GLK250 BlueTEC®

Soave Automotive eagerly anticipates the 2013 GLK250 BlueTEC® and invites drivers to learn more about this remarkable clean diesel vehicle. Soave Automotive is excited to introduce one of the latest additions to the Mercedes-Benz line-up this year – the 2013 GLK250 BlueTEC®.  This remarkable vehicle brings the latest advancements in Mercedes-Benz clean diesel technology for improved efficiency and performance.  Anthony Soave and Soave Automotive are proud to offer the latest in luxury car performance, and the Mercedes-Benz GLK250 BlueTEC® is one of the most distinctive luxury vehicles of the year. Prowess and Power The Mercedes-Benz GLK has already developed a reputation for assertive power and luxury styling, and the updated BlueTEC® model offers even more.  The elite SUV features an all-new 2.1 liter twin-turbocharged 4 cylinder BlueTEC® clean diesel engine which... (more)