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.

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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“Salesforce is just for selling stuff”

It was about 10 months ago that I first contemplated the idea of adapting Salesforce as our application development platform.  At the time, my decision was based on what I knew about Salesforce from a few encounters I had with … Continue reading

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