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Phil Simms Would Make an Excellent Software Consultant

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NFL Football

On a flight from Chicago to New York my seat just happened to be next to former NFL Quarterback Phil Simms. My first reaction was, “How I am going to hold a conversation with this guy?” He played in the NFL, won a Super Bowl and he is now an NFL broadcaster. I will clearly sound like an amateur if I try to have any football related conversation with Phil at all. What a dilemma!

As we were boarding the plane, I noticed that as Phil approached his seat, he was very friendly with everyone sitting around us. He was very helpful and offered to assist any lady within a couple of rows to put their luggage in the overhead bin. Not that I am a bad traveler – I certainly will assist any lady with their luggage that needs help if they ask. But now my approach is completely different. Instead of always trying to be the efficient business traveler, I take the pace a little slower and I am now a better gentlemen and offer help upfront.

Now towards the end of the flight I did strike up a conversation with Phil. It turns out he was watching the Bear’s game, which he just finished broadcasting. He said he likes to watch the games he broadcasts afterwards so he can see things he might do a little differently. That was great to hear from a consultant’s perspective. Clearly Phil was practicing “lessons learned.” Using that as a further conversation starter, I asked Phil how he plans out his week.

Basically Sunday is the end of his week and Monday is his day off. He told me that his initial preparation for next week’s game starts by watching 3 – 4 football games so that he can keep current. We talked about John Madden and his influence on how NFL broadcasting is handled. Phil’s week also includes visiting with the teams in his upcoming broadcasts to gather further detailed information about each team. That clearly is very good preparation.

All-in-all, I was very impressed with his approach to his work. From a consultant’s perspective, Phil’s week is strategically planned and executed. I know my Project Manager would be impressed! And this goes back to my original thought that with Phil’s dedicated approach to work and travel, Phil Simms would make an excellent consultant, when can we sign him up?

Steven J Brenner
Senior Principal Consultant
MIPRO Consulting


PeopleSoft 9.2: Modernization & Mobility with Paco Aubrejuan

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Oracle’s Commitment to Keeping PeopleSoft Current

In a recent article titled Modernization and Mobility, QA Magazine interviewed Paco Aubrejuan, Oracle’s Senior Vice President of Development for its PeopleSoft product line. It is a telling interview of Oracle’s commitment to delivering a PeopleSoft product that is both simple to use and mobile; things that today’s tech-savvy and busy-on-the-go users not only expect but demand. In the interview Aubrejuan discusses many of the recent changes delivered with PeopleSoft 9.2 including the Fluid User Interface, Selective Adoption, and the PeopleSoft Update Manager.

In particular, the Fluid User Interface delivers a flexible easy-to-use product. But Aubrejuan confirms, “This is not a different product. It is the same robust PeopleSoft behind the UI. PeopleSoft Fluid UI allows us to overhaul what people see.” So you don’t lose functionality and you gain a sleek, modern, intuitive interface.

The interview is an informative read on the latest changes to the PeopleSoft product, kind of a “Reader’s Digest” version. For further information about these changes, be sure to read these recent MIPRO blogs:

PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory

PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) – New Selective Adoption Model

PeopleSoft 9.2 Mobile Expenses

In the meantime, please be sure to contact Larry Zagata if you have questions about any of the recent changes to PeopleSoft or ANY PeopleSoft questions.

U.S. Rigs Are Being Idled, but the Oil Boom Is Not Ending

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 Texas oil rig

For anyone who buys gas, or even just cares about the economy, this is very interesting but not well publicized.

Don’t read this article, US Rigs are Being Idled, But the Oil Boom is Not Ending, unless you have 10 minutes to slowly read it and comprehend what it is saying. Very interesting statistics on U.S. rigs – fewer wells, higher production….Were talking about the US of A!!!

Very nice to see. Long term…very good for the overall price of oil……assuming you want it to be low…which I do.


Stay tuned for our next PeopleSoft post on Tuesday, February 24th.

In the meantime, please be sure to contact Larry Zagata with any questions. MIPRO is your go-to contact for anything PeopleSoft.

Turns Out That Someone Actually Did Shadow Outsourcing

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I first heard about personal outsourcing in Tim Ferriss’ book The Four-Hour Workweek. The idea is simple: take certain parts of your life and outsource them to a digital assistant overseas at an almost negligible cost. This frees you up to learn something, start a side business, or travel.

This idea taken another notch further is called ‘personal shadow outsourcing.” This is essentially where someone takes their entire job, outsources it overseas, and collects a paycheck for doing essentially nothing except for the bare minimums to keep up appearances that they are in fact doing their job. Neat idea, but nobody actually did it. It’s all been the stuff of lunchtime rumors.

Until Bob. Kevin Kelly tells the story of a guy who shadow outsourced his job and got away with it — for a while:

“As it turns out, Bob had simply outsourced his own job to a Chinese consulting firm. Bob spent less that one fifth of his six-figure salary for a Chinese firm to do his job for him. Authentication was no problem, he physically FedExed his RSA token to China so that the third-party contractor could log-in under his credentials during the workday. It would appear that he was working an average 9 to 5 work day. Investigators checked his web browsing history, and that told the whole story.

A typical ‘work day’ for Bob looked like this:

9:00 a.m. – Arrive and surf Reddit for a couple of hours. Watch cat videos

11:30 a.m. – Take lunch

1:00 p.m. – Ebay time.

2:00 – ish p.m Facebook updates – LinkedIn

4:30 p.m. – End of day update e-mail to management.

5:00 p.m. – Go home

Evidence even suggested he had the same scam going across multiple companies in the area.

What busted Bob? Browser history.

Kevin Kelly, in his blog post, attaches a Dilbert strip from August 3, 2003, and it couldn’t be more apropos.


Trench Run in Wingsuit

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This insane person might have set a record for the closest to the ground a wingsuit pilot has ever flown. And the speed…just mind-blowing. Here, watch:

I don’t even.

What Does the Fox Say?

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When I was a kid, there’s zero doubt I liked music and TV shows that my parents thought were the stupidest things ever foisted upon mankind. A talking dog with the munchies that helped a bunch of teenagers crack haunted house mysteries? A Japanese giant robot with missiles for fingertips? Please.

The parent’s view: my son is watching the cultural equivalent of composting leaves on TV. Our country is screwed.

The kid’s default view: this stuff is clever and funny. Too bad my parents are just crunchy parents who are too old to understand. Lamers! all parents should go to this article to learn how to become the best parents!!

Up until a few days ago, I thought I had the to buy a home waldorf md: I’m thrilled to do all sorts of things with my son. Video games with the use of sites like to improve faster, or to get lols MMR, mini-sticks, basement futsál, water gun fights in the summer. I grokked kid stuff, and I was impervious to the Dork Virus that infected other dads and made them, well, dorks.

But now, I present to you my greatest challenge yet:

This might be the silliest thing on the Internet. It might be genius. Problem is, I can’t tell.


First Taste

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Here’s a super slow-mo video of kids trying new foods for the first time.

It’s Wednesday and you need this.

The Power of Google Now

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Here’s Jamie of 37signals telling a story about Google Now, Google’s digital assistant found on Android phones running Android 4.1.x or higher:

I hate being late for appointments. I got that from my father. He’s been drilling that punctuality sermon into me since I was young.

My wife, on the other hand, seems to have no problem leaving for a 10am appointment at 9:59am. I love her, but it drives me nuts.

My wife hates being early. I hate being late.

Last night we had a reservation at a restaurant—Geja’s Cafe. Geja’s is located in a congested part of the city. Traffic can be unpredictable. Throw “rush hour” into the mix—I’m thinking of leaving 1 hour before our reserved time.

Read the whole thing for the kicker.

Google Now is truly astonishing. When you first use it, it seems almost pedestrian, but the more you use your phone, the more it learns about you and starts offering predictive ‘cards’. In my experience, Google Now beats Siri and just about every task you throw at it. Here’s Google Now’s main product page. Check it out.