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When I was in school spending a lot of time writing code, I decided to try my hand at creative writing. I thought it would be a good counterpoint to the work I was doing developing image protection mechanisms for wireless signals. I was wrong. What I found was that I couldn’t write prose after spending so much time coding. There just wasn’t anything there for me to put down on paper. Writing code sapped me of my creative energy leaving nothing to put down in words. I came to the realization that writing code and fiction were expressions of creativity. They both tap into the same place where ideas originate. Developing software has a creative value that isn’t always appreciated. Solving
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As the head of engineering at a growth software company, I am occasionally asked to comment on opportunities for women in technology. I always hesitate, because I’m not interested in being another “mansplainer” on the tech scene. I will never personally experience pervasive gender bias and misogyny. Yet I do want to live in a world where women have equal opportunities to start their careers and excel in the workplace. Here are a few ways the Smartsheet team and I are working toward equality.

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Recently, news broke describing Microsoft’s cloud implementation, Azure, as having surpassed Amazon’s AWS cloud services, complete with links to a survey that justified the title. And as the old Monty Python skit described, “there was much rejoicing”, at least within the Redmond zip code. But this is not new. Surveys have been rolling in from analyst groups all over the industry, proclaiming the superiority of somebody’s cloud implementation, backed by some kind of objective data. It’s a bewildering time for the prospective cloud consumer, and it often leaves the IT department of large corporations (not to mention the plucky startup looking to become large enough to have an
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Last month we held our ENGAGE with Smartsheet Twitter Contest and offered up the chance to win a trip to our first customer conference this September in Bellevue, WA. We asked you to showcase the most creative and innovative ways you ENGAGE with Smartsheet to manage your work in a quick video. Whether utilizing a unique combination of features to manage your work or combining integrations to reduce redundancies, we wanted to hear about all of the innovative ways your organization uses collaborative work management. After reviewing a number of impressive entries, our team of Smartsheet judges selected Jef Forward (@jef_forward) as the Grand Prize Winner! We were really impressed by the automated workflow he has
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