Nat Thompson

Technology and Process

AWS Aurora vs MySQL: Side By Side Comparison

Aurora is Amazon’s AWS relational database that offers compatibility with MySQL.  Amazon offers Aurora on its RDS platform and boasts that benchmarks show it capable of speeds of up to five times faster than standard MySQL.  In this article I am offering a brief comparison of Aurora to MySQL side by side.  Take a look at the features and benefits and you can decide for yourself which option is the right one for you.


The Best Process Management Book Ever! The Goal

In 2013 I read what was, and still is, in my opinion the most insightful process management book around.  The Goal by Eli Goldratt is a business book in novel format.  It follows the ups and downs of an embattled plant manager Alex Rogo, as he tries to save his plant from the corporate chopping block. […]

Building Screens in Xamarin: XAML vs C#

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
The Road Not Taken — Robert Frost

The Two Roads

Xamarin forms development offers form construction either via XAML mark up or via code.  I’ve been experimenting with both to see what route I would recommend to anyone building cross platform mobile applications with Xamarin.

What I’ve determined is that, for me, there isn’t a clear winner.  Both have positives and negatives that pretty much balance out.  So in this post I will review each and give my perspective on when one might be more appropriate than the other.  My hope is this will give you the information you need to answer for yourself and your scenario which option is the best choice. […]

Success with the Concierge/Retainer Business Model

Recently I had the privilege to have my article on the Concierge/Retainer Business Model that I use published on  It outlines how I started realizing more success in my business when I started thinking outside the box and broadened the spectrum of what I offered my potential clients. In addition, it walks through the Read more about Success with the Concierge/Retainer Business Model[…]


Your Quiver is Never Full

As a technologist your career will be filled with change.  New technology, new versions, new platforms, and new approaches are a constant in your chosen field.  Often times skills are referred to as tools in a toolbox.  For you these tools are more like arrows in a quiver.  Many times you can use them over and over but eventually you are going to need to replenish your supply or you will eventually become less effective or worse, irrelevant. […]