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Steve Collins

Steve is a Director of Professional Services for LANSA in the Americas. With a solid academic background in mathematics and software engineering, Steve began his career as an application programmer using many different languages and platforms. In his 18 years with LANSA, Steve has played roles of architect, designer, project manager and quality manager on many large and innovative projects and actually prototyped LANSA’s very first Web application. Steve is a regular speaker at LANSA user conferences, has presented at various seminars and has written technology and project management articles for industry publications.

How to justify IT projects to your CFO

This article is based on a series of three blog posts I wrote entitled “How to justify Application Modernization to your CFO.” Very similar cost/benefit justification principles apply to other IT projects, such as supporting users with mobile technology, extending your system to the Web, process automation and so on. But you could of course … Continue reading “How to justify IT projects to your CFO”

Big-Bang Theory, Frankenstein, Darwinism – Which Strategy Is Right For You?

When you are faced with the mission to modernize your legacy business applications, there may seem like countless options to choose from. This assignment can be very intimidating, so take a deep breath and let’s explore your options. Legacy Applications – Asset or Curse? First, we must set the stage by placing a value on … Continue reading “Big-Bang Theory, Frankenstein, Darwinism – Which Strategy Is Right For You?”

How to Justify Application Modernization to your CFO – Episode 3

This blog series unveils the steps needed to make an ROI-powered business case for Application Modernization to your CFO. Prior episodes outlined your current resources, your goals and the first 5 steps of the process, culminating in a Project Scope or Requirements Analysis. Output from this Project Scope included: Business Vision Statement Non-functional Requirements Functional … Continue reading “How to Justify Application Modernization to your CFO – Episode 3”

Protect Your Customers’ PII (Personally Identifiable Information)

Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is the sensitive information that can be used to uniquely identify the flesh and blood people that are our staff, partners, vendors — and especially our customers. Some examples include: name, birth date, address, government issued ID numbers, email, credit card, bank account, user ID and password. As technology evolves, biometric data and … Continue reading “Protect Your Customers’ PII (Personally Identifiable Information)”

Successful Application Rollout Strategies – If you build it, will they come?

In prior posts, we’ve reviewed some ideas on ROI-based justification for project initiatives, how to scope a project, and some modern tools for managing a project. But, my thoughts now turn to the 1989 movie Field of Dreams – if you build it, will they come? You’re probably familiar with the term on-boarding.  It originates … Continue reading “Successful Application Rollout Strategies – If you build it, will they come?”