Ten Things I Am Thankful For This Thanksgiving

  1. The campaigning is finally over and there is a glimmer of hope that we can get some actual decisions made in Washington.
  2. My family out East survived Sandy pretty much unscathed, although the impact to so many others has been heartbreaking.  I hope we have the guts to realize we need major changes to how we manage our shorelines and infrastructure, and don’t simply repeat past mistakes.
  3. Our two little monsters… ahem children… (3 ½ and 1 ½) are thriving and only spend a very small proportion of their time trying to kill each other.
  4. I am not getting on a plane over Thanksgiving. Of course a 6 hour drive with aforementioned monsters is only a slight step up.
  5. I finally broke free from Blackberry (yes I am a laggard when it comes to gadgets/phones). Missing the full keyboard, but that’s about it.
  6. The people I work with here at Informatica are really smart, capable and driven, and they’re also fun to hang out with.  Can’t ask for much more in a work environment.
  7. Business leaders are recognizing that data is a key to competitive advantage, and they have to start acting like they care about it.  It’s good to see the vision we have been championing here come to fruition.
  8. Nate Silver, the ultimate data geek, is getting his day in the sun.
  9. There is so much innovation happening in the world of data, it’s dizzying.  That’s because data is still a really hard problem to solve, and it’s only getting harder, so vendors like us need to stay on our toes.
  10. Date nights.  Refer to point # 3 above.


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