SoCal Piggies Meetup on 6/20/2013 featured two very interesting talks. Thanks again to our fantastic speakers! Kevin Stone (CTO of Subblime) shared his development/deployment process in his talk “Build and Deploy in a Python Environment” (video below); and Paul Hildebrandt (Senior Software Engineer at Disney) presented on the intersection of technology...Read more
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- It has multiple paths and is critical to both small and large organizations.
- It is embraced by nearly all employees, yet frequently ignored by businesses.
- Its absence can block a company’s ability to grow, yet requires little investment to build and maintain.
Fun Fact: In 2012 there was a 12%...
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