The Fairway Technologies Blog

August 7, 2018 | Michael Krasowski

Is Your IT Adding Value to the Business?

Working hard is great, but if you are not focusing on what is important to the business, all that hard work is misguided or inappropriate. Info-Tech Research Group states that 47% of business leaders feel that business goals are unsupported by IT. Wow, that seems incredibly high. Clearly, there is a disconnect between IT and business leaders. Wait a minute: shouldn’t the head of IT be a business leader too? If IT fails to support the projects or programs that benefit the business, then IT is perceived as not delivering value, not contributing to increasing revenue or reducing costs, and basically providing very little real value.

July 31, 2018 | Noah Heldman

Stress at Work: From Hospital to Hospitable


We all get stressed... In this blog post, Noah Heldman talks about his personal experience with stress at work, and the tools he has used to significantly reduce and effectively manage it, with a focus on the benefits we get from stress (yes, you read that right), and the costs.

July 24, 2018 | Paul D. Sheriff

Getting Started with PouchDB - Part 4

In the last three blog posts of this series, you created a PouchDB database and modified documents within it. You learned to search for documents within the database using allDocs() and find(). In this fourth part of our ongoing series on PouchDB, you learn to use map queries and the query() method.

July 17, 2018 | Jeff Atkinson

How to Turn Long-Term Goals Into an Achievable Plan in 10 Steps

The ability to achieve large or long-running goals is a hallmark of a great leader. One might assume it takes an elite level of skill or domain knowledge to accomplish most business goals but in my experience it hinges much more on the ability to plan, organize, execute, monitor, and adjust as time goes on. The key is treating a business goal as a "project" that warrants tracking what needs to happen by when.

July 9, 2018 | Paul D. Sheriff

Getting Started with PouchDB - Part 3

In the last two blog posts, you have been introduced to the PouchDB NoSQL database. You learned to create a new database, modify documents within that database, and retrieve documents using the allDocs(). Now that you have inserted several documents into your PouchDB database, you might wish to retrieve documents based on data in fields other than the _id property. In this third part of our on-going blog posts on PouchDB, you learn to use the find() plug-in to perform queries on any property in your documents.

July 6, 2018 | Ben Griswold

The CTO’s Quick Guide to Serverless

Serverless is the next evolution of cloud computing. You good? Seriously, I’m sure you’re busy, but let’s see if we can get you up to speed and talking about Serverless in your next meeting. Fair warning—"Serverless” is a catchy and clever term that comes with hype and some confusion. Let’s take the next 10 minutes to clear a few things up and get you rolling with Serverless.

June 26, 2018 | Ben Heebner

Asymptotic Project Delivery: How to Scope and Estimate Projects Successfully

Each weekday morning I wake up, eat breakfast (most days) and head into the best job I've ever had. In my career, I started as a software dev, moved into some management roles, did some product work and some consulting work too. Ultimately, I landed at a great consulting company with the title of "Business Solution Architect." To be honest, I'm not all that concerned about the title; I'm far more interested in the work. As a BSA, I get to partner up with our Business Development team and talk with clients about how to leverage technology for their particular business need. Having conversations with potential clients is one part the job; the other is to scope out the work we're going to do with them.

June 18, 2018 | Paul D. Sheriff

Getting Started with PouchDB - Part 2

In the last blog post, you learned to insert, update, delete, and read single documents in a PouchDB database. Let's now look at how to perform multi-document inserts and reads.

June 12, 2018 | Michael Krasowski

Why Leaders Need to Be Great Communicators

Reflect for a moment and think about who is one of your favorite and most inspiring leaders. Who did you select and why do you pick that person? Do you feel a connection or inspiration with this person? And why do you feel inspired and connected? Exceptional leaders don’t just transmit information; we can all do that. It is not only what you say (information), but how you say it. One of my favorite leaders is Winston Churchill. He had an amazing ability to communicate, connecting and inspiring millions through Britain’s darkest hours. His ability to effectively communicate was one of his greatest strengths. For example, in this simple statement of Churchill’s, “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts,” he conveys so much.

June 4, 2018 | Paul D. Sheriff

Getting Started with PouchDB - Part 1

As more and more users interact with web applications on their mobile devices, it is becoming increasingly important for us to allow them to work offline. There are many cases where users need to work offline, such as on an airplane, in a remote location where there is no cellular access, or perhaps on board a large ship where Wi-Fi is not available. If you can store data local to your web application, the user can continue to work even without a connection.

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