Launching the Collaboration

Greetings and sincere thanks for taking time to read my first post. With this post, I am launching the maiden voyage of the new and improved Tribal Knowledge Group web site.

In order to have an opportunity to share some of the back stories behind the experience gained over the past 25+ years, I’ve made the decision to present the service-offering story for Tribal Knowledge Group in a blog format.

I’ve been blessed with some rare opportunities in my career, and as a result, I’ve worked with some incredible people. I’ve been lucky enough to have mentors and tutors whom I consider to be absolute rock-stars. It has been through these relationships; built through work experience, open-source collaboration, fireside chats at conferences, working dinners or that inseparable time spent next to a colleague in the seat of an airplane; that my experience, philosophies and opinions have been formed.

The concept behind the Tribal Knowledge Group is “Growth Through Collective Knowledge”. We leverage the network we’ve built over the past 25+ years and make that expertise available to solve our client’s business challenges through the same collaborative process that has been successfully applied to create great open source software solutions that the Internet is built on.

Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be picking from a long list of topics that are top-of-mind and attempt to engage you with the experience that has seeded those topics, along with the opinions and philosophies that have formed from that experience. The lists below highlight a few of the topics we will cover along with the industries and technologies that these experiences draw from.


  • If Process is Painful, you’re doing it Wrong
  • Is your Development Process Too Agile?
  • What is Your Definition of Innovation?
  • Acquisition means More than just “Acquiring”
  • Stop Asking if Open Source is ready for Business
  • Sitting Through Painful Pitches and our “Pitch Pledge
  • Enterprise Architecture is Free Money
  • Learn to Speak Geek
  • “Our Business Challenges are Different


Some of the industries we’ve worked with through the years:

  • Aerospace
  • Banking and Investment Services
  • Department of Defense
  • Government Security Agencies
  • Government Research and Commerce Organizations
  • Healthcare
  • Higher Education
  • K-12 Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Retail and E-Commerce
  • Telecommunications and Media


The technologies we’re most focused on today:

  • Ruby, Rails, Sinatra, Spree and associated technology
  • NodeJS, AngularJS, Meteor and Cordova
  • Hadoop, Cassandra and Spark
  • SmartOS, OmniOS, Linux, FreeBSD and Android
  • Scala and the R language

Thanks again for taking the time to read this brief overview of the TKG philosophies and approach. I look forward to sharing our experience on these topics, industries and technologies in the near future.

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