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Hybrid Work and the Power of Human Interaction: Lessons Learned from a Challenging Year

2020, and so far 2021, will be a time that I will never forget. Besides the obvious impact of the pandemic, I had my third child, hired two people right before going on maternity leave, and battled strong anxiety that I was unfamiliar with. 

It is easy to understand why I experienced anxiety unlike anything I have dealt with before. It could be the fear of the unknown or having to second guess every sniffly nose before deciding if my children could go to daycare, or if my husband and I were going to battle it out to determine whose job is more important than the others that day. There was also the debate about who would have to try to work while keeping a 5-year-old, 3-year-old and baby fed and alive while not screaming in the process. Or it was the trying to manage new coworkers remotely after they had just worked without me for three months in a constantly evolving company. There were also many communication challenges with our daycare making me feel on my own and that I needed to advocate aggressively for my children who were facing more change than we had prepared them for. 

OR was it "JUST" regular old Postpartum Anxiety. 

Meghan Focht by Meghan Focht


Often organizations work with Excel files or SharePoint lists to support business processes. When the way an organization manages its business process using these tools fundamentally changes, the IT solution supporting the process changes as a result.

In this blog post will talk about an approach to load data in to Azure SQL with out using a ETL tool. 

Jeff Lipkowitz by Jeff Lipkowitz

Concurrency, Inc. President and Founder James Savage Gives Back to Elmbrook Connect

(Brookfield, WI – June 5, 2021) – On June 8, 2021, the Elmbrook Education Foundation, in partnership with James Savage, President and Founder of Concurrency, Inc. and an Elmbrook alumnus, BCHS Key Club, BEHS Student Council, and BEHS Spartan Union will present a check to the Elmbrook School District for $28,809 for the Elmbrook Connect Initiative. 

Stephanie Siewert by Stephanie Siewert

Change Agent CTO Podcast Episode 7

Was thrilled to talk with Kathy Henrich about growing tech in Milwaukee, reskilling, and her influences. The story of Milwaukee’s growth is tech is inspiring and helps understand how it is both a talent and employer challenge.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Improving Inventory with Forecast Accuracy

Had a great conversation with Swami Venkatesh on leveraging Machine Learning to improve forecast accuracy and achieve better business efficiency. We talked about the stages of building models, inputs, and decisions.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Microsoft Viva Insights

Loved this conversation with Anthony Escabedo and Kate Weiland on Hybrid Workplace and Microsoft Viva Insights. Understanding the new way of working in its own context, not just in the pre-pandemic and during-pandemic work-from-home status is important. This is an operational state of its own.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

Ransomware vs. Zero Trust Security

Great conversation with Chris Blackburn and Laura Spence on Zero Trust security concepts. In this discussion we talked about how Zero Trust applies to complex environments, frequent blockers, and how to make progress.

Nathan Lasnoski by Nathan Lasnoski

How to Secure a Synapse Workspace with Active Directory groups 

Azure Synapse is an enterprise analytics service that accelerates time to insight across data warehouses and big data systems. Azure Synapse brings together the best of SQL technologies used in enterprise data warehousing, Spark technologies used for big data, Pipelines for data integration and ETL/ELT, and deep integration with other Azure services such as Power BI, Cosmos DB, and Azure ML.  

In this blog we will show how we can use Active Directory Groups to secure Synapse

Jeff Lipkowitz by Jeff Lipkowitz

Azure ML How to Get Your Data Moving Using Azure Data Factory

When designing an Azure machine learning solution, one of the most critical decisions is understanding how any Azure machine learning solution pipeline will be executed. In this blog post will talk about how to use datafactory and Azure ML

Jeff Lipkowitz by Jeff Lipkowitz

Service Management In The Executive Suite – Part 5

This is part 5 of a running series on how to pull together key service management activities to support executive business decision making. Part 1 provided an overview of a 5-Step approach for pulling together actions and data for executive decisions. Part 2 addressed how to identify company services. Part 3 looked at how to apply service discovery and mapping, or “bill of materials” that support each of those services. In Part 4, we saw how to translate all this into service costs and unit costs. Here in Part 5 we’ll take a look at what to do with the information gleaned in the first 4 parts to develop a target IT strategy.

Randy Steinberg by Randy Steinberg