2017 Year In Review

Happy New Year! This artwork can be found at the Honolulu Art Museum. If you haven’t been there, make it part of your resolution. Plenty of inspiration.

Happy New Year!

I want to start off this blog with the top 5 blog posts I had in 2017:

  1. Seniors vs. Technology
  2. Hiking: Paved or the Unbeaten track
  3. Gaining Control: Keyboard Shortcuts
  4. Technology is Spoiling the Game
  5. Kaizen

It looks like I struck a chord with the challenge of our kūpuna (grandparents).  Check out the blog posts if you’re one of my new visitors.

2017 has been a year of growth for me. I got to connect with a lot of great, likeminded people in the community and continue to water these relationships. I went from working as an employee to shopping around for businesses to purchase to finally focusing on scoping my consulting business.  A lot of seeds I planted last year are now starting to grow. It’s awesome to see.

I got an opportunity to volunteer for a great event called Peace Day Hawaii and got to exercise my training skills by training how to navigate WordPress. Not only that but I was able to identify processes and provide an analysis of how the event was executed. All in all it was a great experience and I hope that I can help again this coming year.

Honolulu is not a bad place to have business and tech conferences. (Photo by D. Ramos)

I checked out quite a bit of conferences building up my toolbox and learning about the challenges local businesses are facing. One thing I realized is that a lot of people are operating in silos. I don’t think it’s anybody’s fault. It’s just a matter of prioritizing what we’re all facing day to day and that’s not a bad thing.

I was probably more excited about seeing how organized Hawaiian Airlines’ warehouse than most other people. (Photo by D. Ramos)

At the tail end of the year, I was able to tour Hawaiian Airlines with the Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals (YP) program. It was awesome to see their operations and I got even more excited when we met the inventory team. Learned a lot about how their facilities are organized so that they are running efficiently.

Join us every First Wednesday and bring your Excel headaches.

One of my biggest wins this year is establishing a meet up titled Spreadsheets n’ Brews. So far I’ve been able to help dozens of people with their challenges using Microsoft Excel. It might seem trivial but it’s part of my long term plans and it’s working. I really appreciate the good people at Village Bottleshop & Tasting Room for allowing my group to meet there since October.

Those are just some highlights from the top of my head. I’m pretty sure I’m missing a lot of other activities I’ve been involved. Got plenty of work to do. Wishing you the best for 2018.

IT Being an Art

Three Musicians by Pablo Picasso (credit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Musicians)

I’ve met an array (pun intended) of IT professionals and what’s really interesting is how eclectic we can all be.

It’s funny, a buddy of mine pointed out that we are like artist. We take a lot of creative freedom when it comes to making the solutions we provided. Are you a Microsoft workshop (SharePoint, SQL Server, Windows 10)? Or are you someone who utilizes all free software (WordPress, MySQL, Linux)? Some of us are really passionate about the brand of paint, paintbrushes, and canvas utilized to create art for our customers.

To send this conversation deeper, I think of the How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) episode where a veterinarian by luck found Lily’s paintings. Dr. Greer discovered that it had a calming effect on the dogs being examined. How is this example relevant? Chances are, some of us IT professionals could be programming and providing solutions that seem useless but there might be a use for it in a different context. The challenge is matching the right art for the right customer. It didn’t matter what brand was used to create the art, Lily found her customer because of the end result.

Got something to add or challenge? Don’t be scared. Holler @ me.