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5 Steps to Success with Cloud

Posted by Satish Reddy

Jan 22, 2016 4:16:11 PM

legacy_modernization_-_success_with_cloud.jpgBack in the early dot-com days, if you wanted to build an application or a site, you would make significant investments to buy hardware and software and hope you succeeded. Today, if you said you needed funds for hardware, an investor would laugh you out of the room.

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Topics: Cloud, Legacy Integration, Legacy Modernization

Got Legacy Systems? Modernize and Teach Your Old Dogs New Tricks

Posted by Satish Reddy

Jan 19, 2016 11:44:01 AM

legacy_modernization.jpgA famous saying claims that “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks.” But have you ever tried it?

Dogs are just like people in that they like mental stimulation. Believing that your faithful companion doesn’t have the ability to learn anything new is largely a self-fulfilling prophecy. Just as today many people are going back to school and earning degrees in their 70s and 80s, there is no reason that your canine best friend can’t learn to shake hands or roll over at any age. Dog trainers will tell you that’s it all a matter of patience, positive reinforcement and motivation. But most of all, you have to believe.

The same principle applies when a business needs to teach new tricks to its legacy hardware and software. There will always be naysayers who will tell you “Oh no, your old programs will never be able to do that” or “Who are you kidding? That technology didn’t even exist when your code was written!” If you buy into that mindset, your business will likely be stuck with data running on a variety of platforms that don’t communicate with each other very well and a stack of apps developed in different decades. Your IT operation can find itself swiftly transformed into a regular Tower of Babel.

The value of software integration capability is one reason that packages such as Microsoft Office have become so popular. You can dump your rows and columns of figures from Excel into a chart in your report over in Word, into your Power Point slide deck and into an Access database with just a few clicks. Wouldn’t it be great if you could modernize to obtain this type of interoperability among the various programs you’ve invested in over the years, even if they run on different platforms?

Just think of the advantages:

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Topics: Legacy Integration, Legacy Modernization

3 Ways a Leader Can Undermine Cohesion at Work

Posted by Satish Reddy

Jan 15, 2016 6:23:08 PM

3_Ways_a_Leader_Can_Undermine_Cohesion.jpgWhen businesses are scaled up, fragmentation is a natural result. Organizations get divided into “pieces” as they get bigger - unless a leader drives something different by design.

 

To most business leaders, it remains important that people feel part of “something bigger.” But, with their actions, most people at the top do less for unity and ironically more for what Ron Carucci of Harvard Business Review terms the opposite of cohesion: “faux-hesion.”

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Topics: Field Service Management, CIO, Leadership, Lean Management

Seamlessly Integrate Your Legacy Systems and Unlock the Power of Your Data

Posted by Satish Reddy

Jan 12, 2016 1:00:11 PM

legacy_integration_modernization.jpgThere are still a lot of us around who went to school in the 1970s and remember doing assignments for COBOL class by keying lines of code onto punch cards. It would be easy to dismiss such Cold War era technology as a bad memory or an obsolete relic of the past — except that cumbersome data processing dinosaurs involving tens of thousands of lines of code live on as legacy applications in businesses large and small throughout the world. To make matters worse, the Baby Boomers who know how to wrangle unwieldy code into submission on an IBM mainframe are retiring in droves. Who will be left to hold your antediluvian systems together with spit and baling wire when the old school programmers hang it up for good?

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Topics: Legacy Apps, Legacy Integration, IT Modernization, Legacy Modernization

5 Trends Emerging as Cloud Changes IT Departments

Posted by Satish Reddy

Jan 7, 2016 3:44:40 PM

How_Cloud_is_Changing_the_IT_Workforce.jpgChanges in technology can have a lot of unexpected results. Things that could not necessarily be foreseen in their early days: super qualified, wise shoppers trained by the use of the Internet. Quicker pace in business environments led by the onset of email.

 

The Cloud will be no different – we are only starting to see what results may come, writes Paul Gillin for CIO magazine.

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Topics: Cloud, Recent News, Modernize your IT, Legacy Apps, Leadership

How Starbucks' Environmental 'Improvement' Broke Down Customer Satisfaction

Posted by Paige Tarchokov

Jan 5, 2016 7:00:00 AM

How_Starbucks_Environmental_Improvement_Broke_Down_Customer_Satisfaction.jpgInteresting, what I have learned since my last blog on my Starbucks cup debacle.

 

When visiting my local store and “double cupping” to avoid the cup implosion I detailed in my first blog, I found a new problem - I couldn’t finish more than a third of my cup of coffee before the entire rim was weakened from the liquid inside.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Leadership, Customer Satisfaction, Customer Experience

Inside the CIO's Mind

Posted by Satish Reddy

Dec 30, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Inside_the_CIOs_Mind.jpgThe role of the CIO has undergone many dramatic changes in recent years. Today's CIO may be considered a business co-creator, trusted operator or an instigator of change. Whatever group a CIO falls into, he or she is creating a legacy of developing people, technologies and processes for the future.

The 2015 survey of more than 1,200 CIOs by Deloitte revealed some important insights on how CIOs are creating value as well as how they operate within their organization's leadership ecosystem. The survey considered the importance of four elements in framing the picture.

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Topics: Web application development, CIO

5 Reasons Why IoT is the Future

Posted by Satish Reddy

Dec 28, 2015 4:43:53 PM

5_Reasons_Why_IoT_is_the_Future.jpgBehind enterprise mobility management , the Internet of Things is a super hot topic right now.

The interconnectivity of so many devices and the data in them is something that business leaders can rely on to help them become a future-oriented organization, Scott Steinberg points out in an article for Mobile Business Insights.

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Topics: Cloud, Enterprise Mobility, Modernize your IT, Customer Experience

Nurturing, Improving and Measuring Emotional Intelligence

Posted by Satish Reddy

Dec 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Emotional_Intelligence_in_the_Workplace.jpgThink back to your report cards from your days in elementary school compared to your report cards from high school or college.

You probably had a checkmark or an "X" in the box beside one or more of the following:

  • Plays well with others
  • Exercises self-control
  • Pays attention in class
  • Contributes to classroom discussions
  • Helpful
  • Participates in team activities appropriately
  • Exhibits no disruptive behavior
  • Follows instructions
  • Displays appropriate social skills
  • Respects the rights of others

Compare this to high school. Much less information is provided, usually nothing more than:

  • Grade
  • Credits earned
  • Name of teacher
  • Days absent
  • Times tardy


It could be argued that by the time a child enters high school, he or she could rightfully be assumed to possess the maturity and social skills needed.

 

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Topics: Field Service Management, CIO, Customer Satisfaction

Ouch…Starbucks’ defective cup…or broken Lean Management System?

Posted by Paige Tarchokov

Dec 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

starbucks_copy.jpgLike many parents, my first morning stop is to drop the kids off at school. I then swing by Starbucks to pick up a Venti blonde coffee for my drive to work.

On Tuesday; however, my routine was rocked. Within five minutes of my morning coffee purchase, I picked up the coffee from the cup holder in my car and that’s when it completely collapsed — exploded is perhaps a better word — and showered me and my car's interior with hot coffee. My clothes and boots, the floor of the car, parts of the dash, the ashtray and cup holders were all soaked with coffee.

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Topics: Customer Satisfaction, Customer Experience, Lean Management