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Patrick Emmons

Patrick Emmons
If you can’t appreciate a good sports analogy, movie quote, or military reference, you may not want to work with him, but if you value honesty, integrity, and commitment to improvement, Patrick can certainly help take your business or your career to the next level. “Good enough,” is simply not in his vernacular. Pat’s passion is for relentlessly pushing himself and others to achieve full potential. Patrick Emmons is a graduate of St. Norbert College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. Patrick co-founded Adage Technologies in 2001 and in 2015, founded DragonSpears as a spin-off dedicated to developing custom applications that improve speed, compliance and scalability of clients’ internal and customer-facing workflow processes. When he is not learning about new technology, running a better business, or becoming a stronger leader, he can be found coaching his kids’ (FIVE of them) baseball and lacrosse teams and praising his ever-so-patient wife for all her support. [fa icon="long-arrow-right"]

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What I Learned About Leadership From Applying Kanban Process at Home

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Nov 29, 2017 9:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different outcome is the definition of insanity. So, why did I spend most weekends yelling, threatening, bargaining, cajoling, and pleading for chores to get done instead of enjoying a peaceful respite from work and savoring quality time with my family? We spend so much of our lives with work and life comingling and yet, it hadn’t occurred to me that there could be lessons from the workplace that could be applied at home and vice versa. I started to wonder, how can I use what I know about employee motivation and project management techniques to make Saturdays less chaotic and more enjoyable?

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2 Approaches to Building a DevOps Toolchain

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Nov 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

If moving to a DevOps model, you must select an integrated set of tools to build, deploy, and manage your apps. Developing your DevOps toolchain means you need to consider how you will handle source control, monitoring, provisioning, automation, and security.

Taking the time to break down or define your processes in each of these categories and research, evaluate, test, and select the appropriate tools is daunting. There are two main approaches to building a DevOps toolchain: DevOps in a Box and Best of Breed. This article will serve as a guide towards determining which may be right for your unique needs.

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6 Common Application Migration Strategies

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Nov 9, 2017 8:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

The first step to a cloud migration is to align your strategy with your business goals, such as saving money on hosting, increasing workload capability, or making your application more available. There are various approaches to migrating applications to the cloud, and there is a fitting strategy for whatever goal you are trying to achieve.

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5 Foundational Steps for Transitioning to a DevOps Model

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 26, 2017 1:00:00 PM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

Progress, not perfection. Large-scale culture shifts are made from a series of small-scale adjustments that accumulate over time. It’s unrealistic to expect people to instantly break old habits and adopt a DevOps model overnight. Here are a few quick wins that can be implemented at the team level for more efficiency now and to bring others on board with driving change.

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3 Ways to Enhance Software Reliability and Increase Speed to Market

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Oct 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

According to the Harvard Business Review, “Every business is, willingly or unwillingly, a competitor on a software playing field, no matter which sector it’s in.” Consequently, the overarching goal for businesses today is to leverage software in a way that increases speed to market, improves customer satisfaction, and allows you to become more responsive to customers’ needs. To achieve all this, there must be a framework that supports a culture of innovation and shortens the time from identifying an opportunity or challenge to acting. This is where Agile, DevOps, and Cloud come into the picture. This article shows how each supports the other to create the perfect synergy for 99.99 software.

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