Rants and Ramblings of an Austin IT Professional

New Strategies

For the last two years, working at Dun & Bradstreet has been a bit of a challenge.  In May of 2013 our then CEO Sara Matthews announced that she would be retiring as CEO and that the search would begin for her replacement. From an IT and strategic standpoint, that pretty much stopped everything that Continue Reading

Configuration Management Tools

The time has come for us to re-evaluate our configuration management tools.  For the last 5 years we have been a CFEngine shop, and while we have looked at some of the tools that are available over the last few years, we have consistently come back to CFEngine.  The recent acquisition of companies by the Continue Reading

Thinking Out Loud

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my blogging (or lack there of) and trying to figure out what exactly it is that is keeping me from getting beyond one or two posts a month.  After some thoughtful consideration, It comes down to a singular problem that manifests in two unique ways. The singular problem Continue Reading

The Lifebuilder’s Creed

I recently came across The Lifebuilder’s Creed by Dale Witherington while watching a the introduction to John Maxwell’s Today Matters leadership training course, and it really touched my soul and I wanted to share.   The Lifebuilder’s Creed Today is the most important day of my life. Yesterday with its successes and victories, struggles and Continue Reading

It Could Have Been Worse

Things have been pretty trying for me the last two weeks.  Last Monday, just before leaving for work, my outside electrical panel had and issue and caused a fire in the panel as well as in my kitchen behind my stove.  The damage was relatively minor, thanks to the the fact that when it happened Continue Reading

Winning by Losing

Since the tail end of my military career, my weight has been a problem.  When I left the Army in 2000 I weighed in at right about 205, which is just about the limit for a 6’ soldier.  Of course, things have only went down hill from their.  Bad eating habits that I developed as Continue Reading

How Time Flies

Things have been a little crazy around here the last few weeks.  Between my final Boy Scout outing to Washington DC, a trip to New Jersey for work, and then getting caught up locally in the office for the last week, I’m not sure if I am coming or going.  On top of that the Continue Reading

Leadership and People

Last night, my brother-in-law asked a question on Facebook wanting to know the top 5 things that you look for in a Leader.  Needless to say, it elicited a lot of responses.  My first response was to post the Timeless Traits of Leadership that I discussed.  In addition, I followed up with two other things Continue Reading

Forgetting What Lies Behind

Last year I made the commitment to read through the Bible.  As we get ready to start a new year, I wanted to share with you a verse that I feel fits the spirit of the holiday: Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own.  But one thing I do: forgetting Continue Reading


Things have been pretty busy around here the last few days.  My in-laws were in from upstate New York to celebrate the holidays and as a result my kids and grandkids have been here nearly every day.  As a result, I haven’t had a whole lot of free time to reflect on all the things Continue Reading