Body of Knowledge

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    React, Analyze, Act

    - by Joseph Paris

    Every once in a while, a sense of unease comes over me as if I have become untethered and feeling adrift from what I know. Not to be confused with the near euphoria I feel when I embark on an adventure into some unknown, this feeling of being detached is somewhat cold and comes with it a sense of being isolated and entirely alone. There is usually no single event that initiates such a feeling. In fact, if I can trace such a feeling to a single event, it is dealt with quite deftly. I liken it more to a…

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    “Never go into the bush alone”

    - by Joseph Paris

    In 1996, my first assignment to South Africa for XONITEK was being hired by Macola-South Africa to train their personnel – and the personnel of their resellers – on how to implement Macola’s ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) solution. It was a very turbulent time in South Africa; apartheid had just ended, there was a new government, the United States had just ended its sanctions, and nobody really knew what the future would bring. I met many people on this trip – people with whom I will establish life-long bonds and in a country that I will come to cherish a…

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    When is 18 less than 1…

    - by Joseph Paris

    Let me start by just “laying it out there”: I am a Giants fan and have been all of my life. And I believe that Giants fans are some of the saltiest, most cynical and hardened of fans. For instance, we believe that the “prevent defense” really means to prevent us from winning, as opposed to protecting a lead. I remember as a child when my father would watch the Giants game on Sundays and we would schedule the Sunday dinner so that we sat either before or after the game. Sometimes I would join him in watching, but mostly…

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    Driving Real Value

    - by Joseph Paris

    XONITEK’s legacy with Exact Software (and Macola Software before that) is long and deep.  Since 1988, XONITEK has been a promoter, implementer, and supporter of the solutions of Exact Software and we will continue to embrace the software solutions of Exact Software into the future. As such, we will continue to invest in our relationship with Exact Software and in the resources and skill-sets necessary to be the very best resource available to you.  But most importantly, we will strive to continue to be your staunchest advocates in support of all your business endeavors. Our mission is simply stated: “XONITEK…

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    Reflecting on the Journey’s Past as a Path to the Future

    - by Joseph Paris

    “True gentleness is founded on a sense of what we owe to him who made us and to the common nature which we all share. It arises from reflection on our own failings and wants, and from just views of the condition and duty of man. It is native feeling heightened and improved by principle.” – Hugh Blair As we come to the end of another year, it is natural that we find ourselves feeling reflective on the experiences of the past. We might ponder hard-fought battles won and lost. But at what price – time from our families and…

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    A Purge of Distracting Musings

    - by Joseph Paris

    “Idleness is a constant sin, and labor is a duty. Idleness is the devil’s home for temptation and for unprofitable, distracting musings, while labor profiteth others and ourselves.” – Anne Baxter, American Actress The summer is over and it’s time to prepare for the change in seasons… to remember the warmth and joy of summer… to celebrate the bounty of the harvest… to prepare for the cold and dark of winter… And so, it is time to reflect, and to put aside those thoughts thought and lessons learned… squirreled away like acorns for use at some later time.We live in…

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