Author Archives: Vadim

About Vadim

I'd like to have something really impressive to say here, but it's just not in the cards. Maybe later.

The Vicious Circle of Commitment

I’ve observed that: If there is no Commitment, there is no Availability If there is no Availability, there is no Follow-Through If there is no Follow-Through, there is no Ownership If there is no Ownership, there is no Commitment One … Continue reading

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Build vs. Buy is the Worst Possible Way to Frame That Decision

Why?  Because it represents a false dichotomy. “Build” part of that equation implies that you are either starting from scratch, or at the very least, have a very long road ahead, wrought with long requirements sessions, prioritization arguments, and project … Continue reading

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Moving On to Huron

I’ve moved on.  An odd opening sentence for the first post in over a year, but I needed to break the silence somehow and this seemed to be as good of a way as any. So yes, as most of … Continue reading

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Soviet Union, lapel pins, and gamification

Earlier today, a coworker of mine emailed me a picture asking if I knew what it was.  The picture was of a Swimmers Federation of the Soviet Union lapel pin.  It was fun to see such a trinket, and I … Continue reading

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Dreamforce: While it’s all still fresh in my mind #DF14HED

Just came back from Dreamforce.  What a ride that has been.  Being how this was my second time at this event, I really tried to make the most of it and tried to fix all of the things I think … Continue reading

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Thanks, Jeter, you are a role model for role models

I became a fan of the New York Yankees by accident. When my family immigrated to the United States in 1989, we entered the country with $900 for 5 family members and lots of fears and hopes. As all Soviet … Continue reading

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Choices

“In life our first job is this, to divide and distinguish things into two categories: externals I cannot control, but the choices I make with regard to them I do control. Where will I find good and bad? In me, … Continue reading

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Salesforce #HESummit14 Reflections

Back from Salesforce’s Higher Ed Summit – time to reflect and summarize. Community-building – You’re Doing It Right I am not sure if any other vendor is taking notes, but they should be.  In fact, in the IT space, every … Continue reading

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Innovation vs. Improvement

Being on the Central time zone internally and Pacific time zone physically allows for waking up really early and pondering.  As I await the start of Salesforce Foundation’s Higher Ed Summit 2014 in Phoenix, I began reflecting on the few … Continue reading

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IT as an Impediment to Innovation

Over the past decade, much is being said about IT being the enabler of innovation within organizations.  I certainly am firmly in that camp.  In fact, I don’t view it as one of our jobs, to enable our customers to … Continue reading

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