Seven pitfalls to avoid when you have to offer data exchange via FTP

(note: abbreviations are explained towards the bottom of this article) Most will agree that Web services and EDIINT data exchanges are architecturally more elegant than FTP. However, when you have business partners that cannot handle those protocols, that ideological stand is not helpful and you simply may have to send and receive files via FTP. … Continue reading “Seven pitfalls to avoid when you have to offer data exchange via FTP”

How to modernize applications for business value

The sole reason that most commercial IT groups exist is to enhance the productivity of their end users and to deliver business value to those users.  Sometimes that raison d’être gets lost along the way. This blog is about application modernization that is focused on delivering business value to the end users, the people who … Continue reading “How to modernize applications for business value”

The eight most common reasons integration projects fail

Ninety percent of organizations still lack a postmodern application integration strategy and will continue to do so through 2018, according to a Gartner press release earlier this year. This lack of integration strategy and related skills is resulting in “integration disorder, greater complexity and cost” according to the same Gartner press release. So, maybe the … Continue reading “The eight most common reasons integration projects fail”

Application Integration is no longer a problem

Integrating applications from multiple vendors, with data in multiple formats, possibly residing on a mixture of on-premise and cloud platforms, is no longer a complex problem. Integration has become easier, more economical and more flexible than it used to be. (Editor note 27 Oct 2016: A better blog title would have been “Application Integration SHOULD no … Continue reading “Application Integration is no longer a problem”

SmartLabel™: Product Information at Consumers’ fingertips

SmartLabel™ is positioned to change the way we evaluate and consume products every day. That is a bold statement backed by consumers, manufacturers and US Government regulatory agencies as each have a stake in making this initiative a reality. What is SmartLabel? SmartLabel™ is a tool designed for consumers to digitally access detailed product information … Continue reading “SmartLabel™: Product Information at Consumers’ fingertips”