Mix one part pop culture, one part baking references, a pinch of #headdesk with two decades of experience in content and information management and you might come close to what Laurence Hart shares in his posts on CMSWire, on his own blog and in his Twitter feed. Laurence is fighting the good fight so that someday, content management can be an easy challenge.
What do you consider your most significant career accomplishment to date?
Had an old client bring in new management that wanted to replace the system that we had setup for them because is wasn't "modern." It took them several years and two attempts before they found one that actually worked nearly was well as what we had setup for them. Always love it when systems that I install are valued for years.
How do you define success?
When a client is happy, not just willing, to be a reference. That means that they not only like the work that I did but are willing to vouch for it.
What motivates you?
After two decades of attacking the content management challenges, I ask myself this question all the time. I want to solve the content problem so my kids aren't stuck trying to solve the same problems.
What is the first interaction with technology that you remember and what did you think at the time?
This is a tricky one as "technology" can refer to so many things. My first computer system, after having spending years playing our Atari 2600, was with an Atari 800XL at school. I learned to program on that computer, writing BASIC programs to create simple games and graphics. It was great. I loved learning how to make computers solve problems. I do the same thing now, just several levels of complexity removed from the raw code.
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If I didn't do my current work: I would be a History Professor.
When I'm not working: I run and sample different beers.
The highest compliment someone could give me is: "You can call me at any time."