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Adam S. Lerner
Business Analyst. Former academic. He/Him. Opinions my own.
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Adam S. Lerner 3m
Chatted with a PhD student friend yesterday, which reminded me to give my semi-regular reminder that yes, as a humanities PhD you can leave academia and find good, fulfilling, meaningful, and fun work that pays a lot more.
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Adam S. Lerner 27m
Replying to @FromPhDtoLife
I have a PhD in English (rhetoric and composition) and work in the software industry as a Business Analyst.
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Adam S. Lerner Nov 21
I'm trying to figure out if e-commerce sites are either unable or unwilling to stop scalping bots? Seems like a pretty blatant predatory practice that would be good to stop. I'm seeing 100%+ markups for next-gen game systems on eBay. Just a real bummer.
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Adam S. Lerner Nov 17
Something like 40% of all college students drop out. That's a lot of people who probably have student loans w/o a degree. Student loan holders and college graduates are not overlapping circles, which seems to get lost in these discussions.
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Adam S. Lerner Nov 15
Yep. The notion that Ivy Leaguers are somehow smarter/better than other college grads is a myth!
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Adam S. Lerner Nov 15
Communication Theory with Sam McCormick. We read John Durham Peters -Speaking Into The Air- with a bunch of primary sources. It was the first time I felt smart in school. Got a PhD in rhetoric because of Sam & that course.
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Dare Obasanjo Oct 1
The longer I’m in tech, the more I’m convinced microservices were a technical solution to an organizational problem.
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 20
This is the best visual representation of what I do as a Business Analyst. The next time someone asks me "Yes, you're a business analyst, but what do you do?" I'll show them this. And yeah. It can work like this sometimes! (But we try really hard to make sure it doesn't).
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 20
Replying to @as_lerner
GovTech is not sexy, but it does make a tangible difference in people's lives and we should commit resources to it. It's possible to update and make these systems more accessible. I do it every day. Gov just needs to prioritize it.
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 20
Replying to @as_lerner
6) Companies able to do the work can be rare. I've heard horror stories of counties hiring vendors to update old systems. Vendor spends 6 months treading water, then throws their hands up in the air, saying they need another 12 months...
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 20
Replying to @as_lerner
5) Sometimes the systems are so old that county tech staff no longer have knowledge of how they work. I've seen this first-hand. IT person retires. No one knows how the database works. This adds to the expense, if using a 3rd party. Need more time and expertise...
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 20
Replying to @as_lerner
4) Bringing in 3rd parties to update old systems can be expensive. Updating data infrastructure is stunningly complex and requires months, sometimes years, to complete...
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 20
Replying to @as_lerner
3) Counties and States typically don't have the budget to hire the tech staff needed to fix these problems. Fixing this requires serious talent, time, and focus. Can't compete with private-sector salary and perks...
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 20
Replying to @as_lerner
1) County and State budgets do not prioritize IT and tech. Upgrading old tech infrastructure is often a low priority. 2) These systems are "sticky." New services and structures are built on top of increasingly dated mainframes. Tough to untangle...
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 20
I work in GovTech and we primarily deal with state and local governments to provide online e-payment services. This is more the norm than the exception. We work with lots of antiquated systems. There are a few reasons why this happens...
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 5
Replying to @chipnanimus
20+40=60 7+8=15 60+15=75
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 4
Replying to @as_lerner
who have done little to protect them from a raging pandemic and a collapsing economy, in a world being ravaged by climate change. I'd want to escape all of that too, even if it's fleeting.
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Adam S. Lerner Sep 4
I sort of understand why college kids are partying, given the circumstances. They're attending a school that will saddle them with enormous debt, in a country with a disintegrating social safety net, led by an incompetent and often malicious government...
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Noah Smith 🐇 Aug 28
A social safety net encourages risk-taking and investment, not laziness.
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Adam S. Lerner Aug 22
Also applies to grad students. And it's not even close.
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