Custom Software is a Bad Idea

Patrick Turner Digital, Outsourcing, Product Development

If you were to ask me to build custom word processing software, I would very quickly respond that you should just go out and buy Microsoft Word. You might respond with, “Word has too many features that make it complicated to use,” or maybe just, “I don’t want to give Microsoft any more money.” Whatever your reason, I’d be hard …

Emcee at Tech Briefing

Patrick Turner #WSNC, Digital, Healthcare, My Story, Personal Branding, Speaking, Start Up

I’m excited to be emcee again this year at the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce Tech Briefing. This is the 18th running of the show, and I think my 3rd or 4th time emceeing the event. This year it’s at Biotech Place, in Downtown Winston-Salem’s Innovation Quarter. I’ve gotten to see the lineup and it’s another year of exciting technology being …

Honesty Acquisition

Patrick Turner Career, Culture

One of the first things you realize when you start the process of selling your business is the importance of keeping secrets. You don’t want people to get upset when you’re only thinking about something. So you start making a lot of phone calls and video conferences behind closed doors. You even start doing some travel without mentioning to folks …

2019 Trends Part 2: Technology Impacting Culture and Society

Patrick Turner Agile, Culture, Product Development

Last week I stuck to technology and how our approach is changing to build the best software experiences we’ve ever built. This week I’m changing gears a little to talk about culture, a subject you know I’m passionate about. More so, I’ll talk about how we as software technology professionals can impact society on the whole. Mobility and Smart City …

7 Tech Trends for 2019

Patrick Turner Agile, Culture, DevOps, Digital, Home Automation, Product Development

2019 Trends Part 1 2018 was a big year for us with significant progress in our agile transformation and digital transformation practices. Culture continues to be a big part of the impact on our organization, and on how we impact our customer partners. This year, I’ve broken up the conversation into two parts, one on technology (my first passion) and the second on …

Romania Travel Tips

Patrick Turner Cluj, Culture, Travel

As many of you know, I’ve been to Romania a few times. OK, I’ve been a lot. I love the country and I consider Cluj my second home. I get a lot of questions about traveling to the region so a few years ago I wrote these travel tips and I keep them up as things change. It includes everything …