services

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

Recommended Reading

After I sold Mission Data in 2007, I also sold most of my belongings and drove to Alaska, a state I fell in love with during several vacations many years ago. As a result of that moving process, I sold over 400 books, keeping only the 100 or so “best” books that would fit in my car.

Forced to think about keeping only ~100 books, I learned that my favorite business books are:

This is a page from my book, “A Survival Guide for New Consultants”

It takes a team

“Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence,
and are nothing in themselves.”

Nagarjuna

I mentioned earlier that when you’re building a business, you should hire well, and this is true across every aspect of your business. A “secret” that I stumbled onto when I started Mission Data is that you have to be strong everywhere: Marketing, sales, accounting, the service you provide, and you even need to have a good lawyer.

“The Future of Services,” by Jamie Allen (Scala, Italy)

Here’s a vimeo.com link to a talk titled, “The Future of Services,” by Jamie Allen, at Scala Italy.

Here’s a description of the talk from its page: “This talk will focus on how to build elastic, resilient service-based applications that can handle tremendous amounts of data in real time, and provide insight on many of the guiding principles that led to Lightbend creating the Lagom framework.”

Revenue per employee in the computer industry

As I get ready to release my new website on How I Sold My Business, I did some research on revenue per employee, specifically revenue per employee in the computer services industry.

As it turns out, there are all sorts of good information sites on the internet. Probably the most consistent source of information is the Fortune Magazine site, specifically these two links: