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  • Pulling the Plug

    Last week I received a text on my flip phone while I was in an NAA staff meeting. For those of you smartphone folks who can’t reach far back enough in your memory to recall the sound, it’s a series of three loud beeps. “Lauren, I think your pager went off,” said one cruel co-worker who shall not be named (rhymes with Jeremy Figoten).  Unless I have a computer nearby, it’s technologically...
  • Copernicus, We Owe You One

    Business Intelligence (BI) has ancient roots. Measurement, visualization and analysis tools can be traced back thousands of years. Egyptians communicated through hieroglyphics. Astronomers illustrated their views of the cosmos. Maritime explorers used charting and mapping tools to discover new worlds. Humans have always been interested leveraging the tools of their era to make effective decisions...
  • Top 4 Multifamily Technology Trends for 2014

    It’s conference season in the multifamily apartment industry, and last week saw me travelling to Turnberry Isle, Miami for the Apartment Revenue Management Conference followed by a trip to Park City, Utah to attend the Property Solutions International user’s Summit. As a speaker and roundtable moderator at both events, I was lucky enough to be exposed to a broad cross section of multifamily...
  • Under the Big Top

    My younger brother and I were always trying to make a buck. Well, wanting to make a buck. The trying, not as much. Our more ambitious entrepreneurial peers were manning lemonade stands, cutting grass and selling baked goods, but Chris and I wanted to do something a bit more creative. Naturally, we settled on a carnival. Our yard wasn’t humongous, but we were confident we had just enough space for...

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