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Big Data takes a back seat to Big Dreams

It’s easy to find oneself lost in the mad rush to compete and conquer in business. That is certainly the case in the fast-paced and competitive world of IT.  Particularly in the hyper-fast world of Enterprise IT consulting. Against that backdrop we brought the management team of our big data consulting firm, Avalon Consulting, LLC, from various locations across the country to convene at St. Jude Target House, a long-term living facility for patients and families of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital ®, to sponsor an evening of dinner & games for the patients and families. Without question, that evening now lives as my most memorable and meaningful “accomplishment” in the illustrious 11+ year history of Avalon. We chose to have the management team meet in Memphis primarily to discuss our most pressing commercial issues; collaborating on processes to advance our competitive market position, capitalizing on what we’ve done well, exploring how to improve everything we do. A … [Read More...]

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