Welcome to the Thought Ensemble!

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I’m excited to announce that I have officially started with Thought Ensemble as a Senior Partner. Since Thought Ensemble is a small organization, not very many of my regular readers are likely to know much about them, so let me provide a bit of context.

Thought Ensemble is a strategic technology consulting firm that works to make technology organizations more effective. This can be done by assessing and making recommendations in regards to strategy, organization, process, tools, technologies and people. While there are many firms out there that say they can do similar work (and there are certainly many that can do it well), what’s unique about Thought Ensemble is that we bring not just one or two smart individuals to our projects – we bring the “ensemble” that helps to look at problems from multiple angles and with the experiences gained from different perspectives.

But, at the end of the day, I think what excites me the most about Thought Ensemble is the people I get to work with. I respect everyone within the organization, and I especially enjoy the fact that I’m re-united with some people that I’ve been associated with for over 15 years. This is going to be awesome…

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