Welcome to Always is Cheap. My venture into the ocean of Blogs. My name is Michael Park and I have been in the technology space for over 30 years. When I started out the Internet was a military tool and we used things like telnet and FTP. I saw the worldwide web come into existence. I like to say to people that I have been doing the web since the web was. I have seen technology explode around us and am still amazed at the speed in which it becomes commonplace in our everyday lives.
I started out in manufacturing as a market analyst. I was responsible for price optimization and competitive intelligence. This work was all done on mainframe systems. As the PC started to emerge, I taught myself to program them to do my work in a more efficient and effective manner. Eventually, with the emergence of the Web, I saw an opportunity to get into the technology space. I joined a small consulting and custom development shop and within three years opened my own software development firm where I built and marketed my own web-based software product. This was in the crazy days of the dot.com bubble and I was eventually acquired and my little start-up went public. After that bubble burst, I settled into having a traditional software development shop. Running your own business can be a thankless and tiring job. I took a hard pivot and joined a large Fortune 500 company as a Director of Enterprise Architecture.
I am TOGAF Certified, SOA Certified, Scrum PO Certified. I have worked or been exposed to almost every time of industry there is. Being around so long I can say I have had my success but also made my fair share of mistakes and missteps. I have also seen others do the same thing. I like to write and tell stories that show how technology can continue to help our lives. I thought what better way to share my experience and maybe help someone out if I can than to set up a Blog. This is my collection of thoughts, ruminations, and ideas on technology and the software design space these past three decades. I hope to add more over time and if no one ever reads it I am ok with that as well. At least I felt I got to tell my story somewhere.
So why the title “always is cheap”? If you ever worked with me you would have ultimately heard me utter this phrase at some point during a design process. It’s my own software development principle. It is intended to get at the heart of what it is we do when we design solutions by driving to standards, patterns, and practices. Repeatability and reusability are key deliverables for any solution design.
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