Her Scattered Gold – part 2

So finally we managed to get all of us in one room to finish what we started. Maya and Matilde did everything in one-takes as usual and recorded some beautiful songs, while I produced (which with this Lion upgrade mainly consisted of getting the sound to work).

As soon as we’ve made the final tweaks it will be made available for download in stores, but until then listen and enjoy:

01 On the Border
02 He Took the Stars
03 For the Life
04 Last Glade of the Forest
05 Towards the Moon
06 Born With Eyes Wide Open
07 Where the Pathways End
08 I am Weak
09 Flashlights
10 White
11 Smooth
12 Bleed for Me
13 Do you feel the fire
14 I Need Only One
15 Journey of the Stars
16 With Only Skin
17 Sweet Rain

Template for Enterprise ROI and TCO Calculations

This template for improving consistency in ROI and TCO calculations is one I build for my company. Feel free to download, use it, and share your experience.

Introduction

One of the most critical, and yet annoyingly abstract excercises in IT, is to make consistent and mutually acceptable evaluations of costs and benefits.

There are so many factors and assumptions involved that it can become almost impossible to get a mutual understanding, and you’ll find yourself stuck in Sisyphusian meeting-cycles with overly technical terms and disbelieving eye-rolls fighting for airspace while business value is quietly climbing out the window.

The overall problem is that in most cases nobody really knows for sure, and if you’re not careful you end up with strong-arming as general design principle, where business will quote gazillion Euro potential benefits in additional sales and IT will refer to obscure security policies to force their will instead of identifying the simple solutions that could really steal away some market-shares from the competition.

This is why a common approach to creating business cases is critical to competitive IT, and why I’m sharing my template to get your input on how it works for you and hopefully some good suggestions on how I could improve it.

Disclaimer

But before you get too excited, let me just give a few words of warning:

  • High complexity: Even if you had a perfect template to work from, this is one of the most complex areas of IT, and one that depend on evaluating validity of input from pretty much all IT and business disciplines, so if you don’t have a solid understanding across fields, you’d probably be better off with guesstimating.
  • Overlapping terminology: This template is for practical work. I am not a financial theorist and I know that there are a number of others ways to approach this, but in my experience consistency in communication is far more critical than what theory you adhere to, so feel free to replace my terms with whatever rocks your boat.
  • Basic understanding required: This template will not teach you how to do TCO or ROI. It is a practical tool for those of you already working in this area and wanting more consistency in your approach.

In summary, I don’t take responsibility for anything you do with this tool or any outcomes you get from it. There is no golden goose or perfect tool that will do this for you. You have to rely on your own skill and experience to give you the answers you are looking for, and you have to establish your own good working relationship between IT and business to really get the benefits of all the amazing technology out there.

I’ll be sharing much more on this subject, so hopefully some of this be explained along the way, but for now download, play around with the template, and let me know how it works for you:

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Her Scattered Gold

I had the distinct pleasure of helping two incredibly talented young ladies record a few of their beautiful songs today. Lucky for me, they allowed me to publish the result, but you’ll need to talk to them about how to get a copy. Until you do, listen and enjoy.
Born With Eyes Wide Open
Everything Passes
I Need Only One
Where the Pathways End
With Only Skin

Pagan Son

If I sing, I sing too loud
If I try, I’m much too proud
But I just can’t be still
I won’t back down
You’re preaching with a gun
And I’ll just have to be
Your pagan son

If I smile, I smile too much
When I talk, I’m out of touch
But I just can’t sit still
I won’t back down
You’re preaching with a gun
And I’ll just have to be
Your pagan son

You just wear that crown
And live with your frown
You can’t keep me down
So watch me turn around
Make your awful sound
Alone

Too Late

Too Late
I sit in my bedroom in the night
I sleep in the bathroom in the day
I’m trying my best just to keep it together
Cause I still need you
And I shouldn’t leave you
But I just can’t stay
I burned my heart out in the rain
Now whoever I love will just share the stain
I’m leaving tonight
I’m dreaming tonight
But I found it in your eyes
Too late

I wake in the morning out of breath
With forgotten moments in my head
And though I know it’s way too late
I still need you
And I already miss you
But I just can’t stay
I burned my heart out in the rain
Now whoever I love will just share the stain
I’m leaving tonight
I’m dreaming tonight
But I found it in your eyes
Too late

You make me feel so alive
But inside I know I’m already dead
Some spend their lives looking for you
But I’m leaving tonight
I’m dreaming tonight
‘Cause I found it in your eyes
I found it in your eyes

København

København
Vi er de ikke nede
Vi er de ikke fede
Vi bli’ vist væk og så vi komme igen
Generne kiksed’
ADD ikke fikset
Men vi skal fan’me aldrig hjem
Aldrig hjem
Aldrig hjem
Vi er de elitær’
Vi er the please la vær’
Vi komme først og du må ik’ komme med
Aldrig hjem
Aldrig hjem
Jeg husker ik’ dit navn
Men du sover I min favn
I København
I København

Vi er de ikke glade
Og vi gir altid flade
Vi er de stodder’ som du ikke kan tæm’
Vi hør’ for meget Niarn
Vi laver altid larm
Men vi skal fanme aldrig hjem
Aldrig hjem
Aldrig igen
For vi er dem vi er
Vi kan sgu ik’ la’ vær’
Vi møve frem og så vi møve igen
Aldrig hjem
Aldrig hjem

Can’t Forget

Can't Forget
Been taking my time gettin’ real
Been spillin’ my lines no big deal
And the days flash by like teardrops
On a windshield covered mind
sittin’ here
Sleepless on a summer night
Yeah yeah – I can’t forget your body
Yeah yeah – I can’t forget your body
Yeah yeah – I can’t forget your body
Yeah yeah oh yeah

On a simmering night a scent of you
Like a brokendown light shining through
In a teardrop, in a moment
I found some peace of mind
Now I’m here
Sleepless on a summer night
Yeah yeah – I can’t forget your body
Yeah yeah – I can’t forget your body
Yeah yeah – I can’t forget your body
Yeah Yeah

But my eyes can’t tell you something I don’t see
And my face was never good for honesty
In a moment, this summer
I found me in your eyes
I’m alive
Sleepless on a summer night
Yeah yeah – I can’t forget your body
Yeah yeah – I can’t forget your body
Yeah yeah – I can’t forget your body
Yeah yeah oh yeah

Bounce

Bounce
Bounce Bounce, gonna get up and never get down
Bounce Bounce, we don’t bleed tonight
Bounce Bounce, I never wanna see or feel ground
Bounce Bounce, got to live tonight
tonight yeah

Slowly moving in firelight, as the sinners play the game
Golden morning a siren sighs, ’cause the burnin’ stays the same
I never wanted to loose you
I never wanted to see your face again
Cause the pleasure feeds the pain
C

I say yeah ..[repeat]

Summer leaving in silent flight, as the passion stills the flame
Another man from another time, but the sin is still the same
I never wanted to loose you
I never wanted to see your smile again
Cause the pleasure feeds the pain
C

I say yeah ..[repeat]

Let’s party like there’s no tomorrow

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