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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Top 5 DevOps Blogs for the Latest Trends, Strategies, and News

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Feb 28, 2018 11:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

If you’re in product development, your goal is to build and deploy increasingly reliable software as quickly as possible. With that goal in mind, researching best practices in adopting a DevOps model that tightens the relationship between software development and IT may be high on your wish list. Unfortunately, manual processes, supporting existing applications, and keeping up to date on industry regulations often leaves little room for growth and innovation. In a field that is constantly changing, it’s helpful to know where to find the best information without being sucked into a rabbit hole of research using time you don’t have.

To save you time, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DevOps blogs to explore the current news and ideas hitting the DevOps sphere.

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How Coverdell Used a Proof of Concept to Improve DevOps Practices

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Feb 20, 2018 8:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

The Client & The Challenge

With more than 50 years of retail marketing experience and 20 years of administering insurance and membership programs, Coverdell services more than six million individuals across the country today.

Coverdell maintains a robust portfolio of 80 websites and counting. With such high volume to support, it was determined that improvement in DevOps practices like branching and automation of testing, builds, and deployments would help maximize the impact the technology team could make for Coverdell while reducing risk. The ultimate goal was to enable the team to focus more on product development and less on deployment.

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Accelerate Product Development by Improving Your Hiring Process

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Feb 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 0 Comments

In today’s landscape, every company is a software company. The only way to stay ahead of the competition is to find ways to accelerate product development. While some might rely on technology or automation tools to achieve this, others know that technology is useless without the right people to make complex decisions and accelerate progress. I recently interviewed Joseph de Castelnau, CTO of RezoArt, to gain insight into how he accelerates product development by building teams and training leaders.

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Align Business and IT By Committing to Change Management Principles

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Jan 31, 2018 9:30:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 2 Comments

With the changing landscape of software as a service, it is important now more than ever to eliminate silos and develop cross-functional teams/collaboration. I recently interviewed Barry Robinson, Senior Director of Enterprise Programs at GGP Retail REIT, to discuss how committing to IT change management principles helps organizations get full value from their business process applications and investments. IT becomes a business process enablement partner, not just a technology provider.

In his 2005 interview by InfoWorld based on his selection as one of the Top 25 CTO’s of the year, he stated that “you need to use the technology as a means to an end, not an end in itself.” This statement still rings true today.

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7 Agile Leadership Tools that Free Up Time for Strategy

[fa icon="user"] Patrick Emmons [fa icon="calendar"]  Jan 3, 2018 10:00:00 AM [fa icon="comments-o"] 3 Comments

No matter what the context, building is inherently different from maintaining. Whether we are talking about a business, a department, or a team, the build phase requires a completely different toolset. Having the perspective of an entrepreneur, I put together some agile leadership tools that I have adopted from my time spent working with an EOS Implementer (Entrepreneurial Operating System) and have been integral to my success when venturing into the unknown. Whether you’re an entrepreneur like myself or an intrapreneur trying to build something within your organization, these tools will help you transition smoothly from the build phase to achieving high performing agile teams and freeing up time for strategic leadership.

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