Microsoft Announces Cloud Computing Prices

Microsoft Announces Cloud Computing Prices

So it all begins. On Tuesday, Microsoft finally announced its pricing structure for Windows Azure, the company's upcoming cloud-computing platform. In addition, Microsoft said that those interested in using the various Azure services can do so for free until the official launch in November.

One nice thing about having an office downtown Manhattan New York, is the fact that Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and other amazing software corporations all have them too. Its nice to walk to and from these offices and getting invited to conferences and events. Meeting all the developers in person, and having a few drinks after these events with them is really cool. All I have to say is Azure is wonderful!! Lookout Amazon, and Google. Now I cannot wait to see and hear what google and amazon will be releasing this Fall too!!

Typewriters live on in New York police department

Typewriters live on in New York police department

This is a great CNN Article. I CAN believe the NYPD is using Typewriters. Two years ago my Jeep was stolen in Brooklyn, and the NYPD still hasn't found it. I was surprised anyone wanted that old Jeep. It had 200 thousand miles on it, and I was about to donate it. When the officers arrived I noticed their Toughbook in their police car had the blue screen of death on it. They were using their cell phones to call in and see if the Jeep was towed. I told them I could fix their toughbook, the officers said most of their police car computers had the blue screen of death on them or were very slow. While I waited with them I fixed the toughbook, they called their supervisor and four other NYPD cars showed up. I fixed them too. The officers told me to put on a tie and go to City Hall and talk to the City government to help them out. So I can see why they are using typewriters. You need a good IT Department FIRST.. At least the Typewriter works.

I am not for the Typewriter, any department involved in operations needs good computers, good software and good support. With that maybe I would of got my jeep back by now…however do I want it back..NO!

Is outsourcing jobs and technology killing America?

Is outsourcing jobs and technology killing America?

This debate has been going on for many years. I believe the outsourcing of jobs and technology has hurt America. It might be good for corporations in the short term, but in the long term, it will reduce American jobs and the triple down economics that feeds America will get smaller and smaller until everyone is unemployed.

Here is a good article dated March 6, 2006 on this debate: Outsourcing : The debate in USA

Here is another article dated July 8, 2009 on this debate: We Need a Jobs Package, Not a Stimulus Package

We here at Adept Technologies, we are an American Corporation competing with many other software corporations that are based in China that have small pretend American offices. Watching American Governments awarding RFPs to these corporations is just amazing. Sending our badly needed government tax dollars overseas and eliminating American jobs amuses me. What has been very funny over the years is watching these municipalities spend Millions and Millions of dollars with these corporations, and these corporations never deliver the product, or deliver a product not worth what they paid. Maybe if the municipality did a better background check on these corporations and awarded these projects to American Corporations that actually care about America they would have got a product and kept jobs here! 

What even amuses me even more is when someone from the IT department that is fired from these municipalities, because of the mess of working with these outsourced corporations sends a resume to us, and says they should have gone with Adept after 3 years of hell and no product, and now no job!

I feel that especially now, if I was on a city council and I was voting to award a Technology Project, I would make it a requirement that Outsourcing is NOT Allowed. I would do a background check on the company and see if it truly is owned and controlled in the United States of America, and NOT China or any other country. I left my last job before I started Adept, because the company was sold to a company controlled by China.

The next time an elected official wants your vote, do YOUR background on how they voted. If they awarded any government contract to a company not owned in the USA, DON'T vote for them!

Warning Signs a Technology Project is in Trouble

Warning Signs a Technology Project is in Trouble

According to an industry survey, 70 to 75 percent of information technology projects fail to deliver on time, on budget and with desired results. The industry survey stated that 30 percent are cancelled outright, without ever being completed.


I personally have experienced many projects that we get after another corporation never delivered the product. I have found that working with most of these clients is very difficult, and extremely challenging. Strong project management is needed, sign off sheets a must, scope creep control features explained before the contracts are signed. Managing their expectations upfront and through out the phases of the project are a MUST. I find that MOST of these clients are not worth working with. They are extremely expensive, always negative, and not fun to work with. They have no value of the project, and really don’t care about it. So as a software vendor, you must really do your research on the potential client. Why were the reasons the previous project failed? Most will say they cannot talk about it based upon legal means. When they say that avoid this agency, you are just looking for nothing but time consuming failures. But, I did have a few agencies where their software vendor was the problem and they became dream clients and an asset to the corporation. We tend to give many freebees to these clients.


Here are the 10 warning signs for a technology project. Consider these before your next project, you can significantly reduce the risk of failure, and sleep a lot better at night too.


1)      Inadequate Business Involvement

2)      Ill-Defined Specifications

3)      Insufficient Lead Time

4)      Failure to Consider a Phase Implementation Plan

5)      Failure to Factor in Training

6)      Failure to Plan Post-Implementation

7)      Inadequate Change Management

8)      Relationship with Solutions Providers

9)      Advantages and Dangers with Clients IT Department, and other Departments.

10)  Failure to Evaluate and Re-Evaluate


The success of implementing a successful technology project is based upon the Software Vendor and the Client working together as a team. The work involved is successful only when the client and the vendor’s communications are explained and managed correctly on PAPER. You as the vendor must have sign off sheets to protect your development team from wasting valuable development time on features that the clients wants, then doesn’t want, than wants again. The managers of the client must have ONE voice to speak to the vendor. With that along with years of experience helps. I personally have never failed to deliver a system. I have been burned many times from the client over the years. These clients we avoid like the plague. I feel for the many start ups that tend to take these tough clients, because they need a client base. My word to you is do your best and learn from the mistakes and try to not repeat them. You really got to love Technology to remain happy in this business. I love my job.