IT Strikes Back

Our saga begins in a company, not so far away, where a federation of end-users from all corners of the organization is unhappy with its IT department. They want more apps, better representation during the design phase, and faster delivery. IT, which is currently handcuffed by constantly changing technologies, can’t seem to do anything right …

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Tradeshows and gym memberships: more similar than you think!

While preparing for the Fall COMMON Conference, I kept thinking about a recent conversation I had with the manager at my local gym. She said, “We’ve got cardio equipment, free weights, spin classes, and more. You can participate in all or none, it’s really up to you. You have to decide how much time you …

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5 Guiding Principles of Enterprise Modernization (part 3)

Thanks for joining me for my final post on the 5 Guiding Principles of Enterprise Modernization. So far I’ve covered the importance of delivering the best user experience, improving data quality and accuracy and getting information into the hands who need it. My focus today will be on how to implement continuous business improvements and …

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5 Guiding Principles of Enterprise Modernization (part 2)

Continuing on from my post last week about the 5 Guiding Principles of Enterprise Modernization, the ultimate goal of modernization is to use technology to best support your customers and trading partners. This means providing users with the best experience, enabling personnel to quickly access accurate and up-to-date data, getting the right information into the right …

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5 Guiding Principles of Enterprise Modernization (part 1)

Businesses are being bombarded with the message to modernize. In the IBM i world, most tend to define modernization in terms of low-level development tactics such as converting RPG to free form, updating databases to SQL or refacing 5250 screens for the web. While these tactics have technical merit, they do little to help IT …

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