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Epic Data Courier
Epic Data Courier

When I began work at Community Medical Centers, the first skill I learned well was working with Data Courier.

If you have worked with PeopleSoft or some other enterprise level software, you may have performed “migrations”.  For PeopleSoft, a developer might produce a “project” to be migrated from a development environment to a test environment for testing and then into production.

For Epic, Data Courier is akin to a PeopleSoft “migration”.

A website called Health IT Social has a nice layout of typical Epic environments.  In this case, they address a special case you will likely run into if you have upgraded your POC environment, for instance and need to migrate data to your TST and PRD environment which have not yet been updated.  We went through this experience a number of times, and for awhile even had separate TST environments for ICD 9 and ICD 10.

Virtualization, Vagrant, and Docker for Development
Virtualization, Vagrant, and Docker for Development

How would you like to take virtualization to a new level?  To create virtual machines, each perfect for whatever software you are trying to develop?  What if you messed up big time and wished you could just get your computer back to the way it was before you did anything and start over?  What if you could do that in a few seconds or minutes at most?

Vagrant can help you do that.  That is, if you want to create whole virtual machines.

But what if you wanted to create several light-weight servers that shared an operating system image?

Three and a Half Years Administering Epic
Three and a Half Years Administering Epic

Stuck in Fresno away from the lucrative and challenging IT positions I have been accustomed to, I wanted to return to the Bay Area or another more metropolitan area.  But my parents were aging and needed my help.  My brother had passed away and my sister was in the Los Angeles area, and my daughter was studying Cognitive Science at UCSC.  So Eileen and I felt bound to stay in Fresno.

Then a recruiter called.  Recruiters typically call.  However, this recruiter asked if it would be a problem for me to live and work in Fresno.  It was not only Ok, but it was ideal.

My Visions, Dreams, Passion
My Visions, Dreams, Passion

Long ago in a far away place…Ok…

Sixteen or seventeen years ago, a lady came to my workplace and gave a seminar called “Making Your Dreams Come True”.  I walked into the room, got my name tag and my three ring binder and sat down.

What did I get myself into?  “Making Your Dreams Come True”.  When do the Cinderella and Rapunzel dolls come out?  Can I sneak out and go back to work?  I’ve read books and gone to seminars on positive thinking, possibility thinking and all that.

Well, for some magical reason Forrest Gump comes to life and the dim wits who really believe in this Cinderella stuff are the ones who succeed.  It’s the “smart”, enlightened ones who fail.

So, why is this happening?  Are some people just lucky?  Or are some people just too stupid to know when something won’t work ?

The Bible says in Proverbs 29 v 18, “Where there is no vision thepeople perish

Unix: Forward to the History
Unix: Forward to the History

Ever watch “Back to the Future”?  Ever live “Forward to the History?”

Sick of being imprisoned in a C-panel reseller’s account I longed to return to my long familiar Linux / Unix command prompt.  I got a VPS from Ubiquity.  It was the right thing to do.  I know I was falling off the wagon and who knows where indulging an old addiction might lead?  But, my daughter was proud of me.  In fact, she was the one who recommended it.  My addiction was Linux.  Solaris.  AIX.  HP-UX.  It ran through my blood like heroin through the veins and brain cells of a drug addict.

My Unix Journey
My Unix Journey

People Collaborating When Linus Torvalds came out with Linux in 1991, I had nearly a decade of Unix administration and C development experience.  And my first brush with Unix came out of my own curiosity while I was a COBOL and PC programmer/analyst for Fresno Unified School District in the early 1980’s.

Life as a Linux and Unix Professional
Life as a Linux and Unix Professional

Linux Experience before Linux was Available

People Collaborating

When Linus Torvalds came out with Linux in 1991, I had nearly a decade of Unix administration and C development experience.

During that time, I built the technical environment for California State University, Fresno’s Computer Science Department installing and managing Unix systems based on Berkeley 4.2 and 4.3 BSD and AT&T Unix including a room full of Convergent Technology systems.

Afterward, as an independent consultant, I installed and configured Unix systems for the Agricultural Department, a phone company, and an Air Conditioning company before going to work for NASA where I managed networks of VMS and Unix based systems and developed the project plan for migrating the Information Sciences Division from VMS to Unix.

Following that, at Ingres, I supported Ingres installations on approximately 40 variants of Unix and VMS for Ingres, provided Sun desktop support for Direct User Support, and support of Unix systems for the Education Department.  I also trained staff in quality assurance for the Ingres installation packages and served as the final sign off approving distribution of new product to customers.

Why Savy Managers Hire Dan
Why Savy Managers Hire Dan

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Why Savy Managers Hire Dan

Smart managers hire employees

  • to add or protect income and stockholder value of the company,
  • to build morale, and unity,
  • to increase competency, efficiency, effectiveness
  • to get a specific job done
  • to help the company succeed

If you have an employee that has a track record of making or saving millions of dollars for previous employers, it isn’t wise or responsible to leave millions of dollars on the table without a good reason.

At this time, there are millions of dollars that your company does not currently have simply because you have not hired Dan yet.  Isn’t it about time?