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The Team Behind the Glory

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by Glenn J. Thomas I was going to write a second part to my ‘the data of death’ blog but that will have to wait for another time. Instead I want to focus on two specific events that have happened in the last couple days. Over the past several nights I’ve been staying up waaaaay…

The Data of Death

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by Glenn J. Thomas On Sunday, July 7th, two men that I knew died. The first was Ernest Borgnine.  Growing up I knew Ernest as the star of the sitcom McHale’s Navy or as I sometimes referred to it in my youth: “Gomer Pyle with boats”. In my college years, he was etched into my…

Having the ‘Data Talk’ With Your Kids

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by Glenn J. Thomas If you are a parent, you know that there are a number of conversations that many parents fear having with their child or children: 1)      Santa, Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, etc 2)      The ‘birds and the bees’ when young 3)      ‘Don’t do drugs’ 4)      The ‘sex talk’ when teenagers In fact,…

And the winner is …. State IT Awards

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by Glenn J. Thomas It’s been a couple months now since the entertainment industry finished up their awards season and as usual there were a slew of movies nominated that I have never seen or even heard of (sadly the ratio of “unknowns” to “knowns” increases proportionally with my age). This doesn’t bother me too…

Is February a Sports Data Wasteland?

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by Glenn J. Thomas With the passing of Super Bowl XLVI into the record books (Congratulations to the New York Giants in their win over the New England Patriots, 21-17) and discussions about the ads limited since most have been leaked on the web over the past few weeks, we enter a period of seemingly…

Employee Evaluations – Don’t Forget the Data!

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by Glenn J. Thomas For much of the world, January represents the time when last year’s performance evaluations are completed and this year’s performance plans are drafted and communicated. I’m sure there was a certain percentage of the readership that shuddered at that sentence but if you are a true manager at heart, this is…

Tis the Season to Reward Employees

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By Glenn Thomas BOOK REVIEW 1001 Ways to Reward Employees by Bob Nelson With everyone focused on the holidays and the giving of gifts, I felt this was the perfect time to post a review of this wonderful book that’s been a mainstay of my work library for years. You don’t have to have a…

Being Thankful

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by Glenn J. Thomas Ask most people the first thing that comes to mind when you say “November” and they will say “Thanksgiving” (although some food network viewers might say “Turkey’). Travel back in time with me a few hundred years and imagine how differently things might have been if the planning for the voyages…

To Err is Human

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By Glenn J. Thomas Alexander Pope is given credit for the title quote but undoubtedly had never heard of a computer data breach when he put those four simple words together. In reality, a vast majority of data breaches are the result of human error in one form or fashion. However, there are ‘errors’ (little…

The Difference in One Word

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by Glenn J. Thomas One of my favorite data stories goes back a few years ago when the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released its ‘Bird Strike’ database in 2009. This was just months after Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger safely landed a US Airways Airbus A320 in New York’s Hudson River after it suffered multiple canada…