Tech Industry Turnover: How You Can Change It

  It’s difficult to argue that there’s a faster-growing industry than technology. It also makes sense. Technology, by definition, is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes. We live in a world in which knowledge is power; we’re inundated with information daily from our smartphones, social media, podcasts and television, all of which are • Read More »


Steve Hastings Promoted to Principal Architect

  BELLEVUE, WA., (SEPTEMBER 1, 2017) – – Nationwide full-service consulting firm Blueprint Consulting Services recently announced Steven Hastings as Principal Architect of data science. He was promoted from data scientist, a position in which he provided instrumental guidance to accelerate the understanding and implementation of data science at Blueprint.  As a result, led Blueprint’s • Read More »


Blueprint Earns Accolades From Local and National Publications

  BELLEVUE, WA., (AUGUST 29, 2017) – – Blueprint Consulting Services, a nationwide full-service consulting firm, has been named to Inc. 500’s 2017 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list and Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2017 Eastside 50 Fastest-Growing Private Companies list. The journal placed Blueprint as the fourth-largest fastest-growing private company for 2017. The organization previously earned • Read More »


How Blueprint Thinks Differently

At Blueprint, we are about creating the next big thing.  We work with our clients and their businesses to decide what technologies they can derive tangible value from. There are many initiatives going on at Blueprint to help our clients realize the benefits of delivering both the strategy and finished product or process.  In my • Read More »


The Client’s User Experience

User Experience (UX) design is often conflagrated with interface design and visual or graphic design. Where are Product design and Customer Experience in this Venn diagram of design? To most folks who are not designers, these distinctions are not needed in practical terms; as long as the end product looks good and does the job • Read More »


What Is Change Fatigue and How To Avoid It

More often than not, we either talk about change in a positive light (change as a needed organizational behavior in a fast and competitive market) or we talk about the means to enable change and get the best results from change management. Rarely do we speak about the other side of change, that is, Change Fatigue or • Read More »


The Next Big Thing: The Future of Cloud Computing

It should be no surprise to hear that the Enterprise has adopted the cloud and the cloud market is growing. According to RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud survey, 95% of respondents are using the cloud in some form (public, private, or hybrid). At the GeekWire Cloud Tech Summit in June, Morgan Stanley Executive Director, Brian Nowak, • Read More »


Spark for the Impatient: Introduction

The Zen of Spark: What is it, exactly? Apache Spark is a general-purpose, distributed, memory-based, parallel computing engine. Man, that’s a mouthful. Although technically accurate, that description comes across as just so much marketing-speech.  But the fact is, we can learn a lot about Spark’s key characteristics by breaking it down. General Purpose: For quite • Read More »


Working from Home: Behind the Scenes

In a continually digital world, more people are taking part in the “work from home” movement. While there is great appeal to the work life balance of working remotely, it is not for everyone.  It has its own benefits, challenges, and intricacies that are different than physically being in the office. I have been primarily • Read More »


Interop ITX Conference Recap 2017

  This past May, I was one of three panelists on the “10 Things You Need to Know about Data & Data Infrastructure” panel at the Interop ITX conference in Las Vegas, which offered a full IT stack of tracks covering infrastructure, cloud, security, data & analytics, DevOps, and leadership development. I thought I’d share • Read More »