Faster and Cheaper by going IT alone

Paradigm Housing Group is one of the leading housing providers in the South East of England, managing over 14,000 homes across 33 UK local authorities. When we started over 20 years ago, we already knew that we would have to build a number of systems in-house because, as the first large-scale voluntary transfer (LSVT) in … Continue reading “Faster and Cheaper by going IT alone”

Why Don’t Users Ever Know What They Want?

We’ve all been there. In the heat of an IT project – be it greenfield, modernization or just a little “tweak” – users provide you with their requirements. Everything seems to be so clear and obvious that you write up the specifications for the user, and they say it looks great. The project continues, and … Continue reading “Why Don’t Users Ever Know What They Want?”

The Code Generation Dilemma

“That’s great, but what do you generate?” We hear this a lot at LANSA from prospects.  Companies are scared to death to move to something which doesn’t generate C#, or PHP, or even RPG.  Here’s the problem: they’re looking in the wrong direction.  I’ve seen advertisements for ‘low-code’ development environments. One vendor even espoused that … Continue reading “The Code Generation Dilemma”

8 Principles of the Innovator’s Way

Evolving From the IT Cost Center to the IT Innovator (The original article appears in IBM System Magazine Power Systems) At a recent IT conference, I started chatting with the other attendees of an IT management track session. The exchange quickly turned interesting when we discussed a few key questions that most of us responsible … Continue reading “8 Principles of the Innovator’s Way”