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Evaluating Your Technology Investment

Evaluating Your Technology Investment

At some point in your career, you may have encountered one or more of the following scenarios: Your CIO reads about a new industry solution that she feels will be a game changer and recommends that your company should be an early adopter so you are ahead of your...

How to Prepare for GDSN Maintenance Releases

How to Prepare for GDSN Maintenance Releases

The Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) has been operating for over 13 years and provides support for a wide range of trading partners and industry channels.  In May 2016, Major Release 3 (MjR3) was deployed, which increased efficiency, brought about greater...

Why Attend GS1 Connect 2017?

Why Attend GS1 Connect 2017?

With spring in the air, it is time to start finalizing plans to ensure your attendance at the most important annual GDSN community gathering, GS1 Connect 2017. The focus of this event is for industry leaders to learn how to better meet today’s business challenges and...

The Code Generation Dilemma

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...

8 Principles of the Innovator’s Way

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) While attending a conference, I engaged with attendees of an IT management track session. The exchange quickly turned interesting when we discussed...

Shadow IT & citizen development – Love IT or Loathe IT

Shadow IT & citizen development – Love IT or Loathe IT

No wonder the IT backlog is mushrooming.  Many IT departments are struggling to deliver mobile applications, getting cloud-ready and other digital innovation initiatives, while also taking care of an unrelenting volume of maintenance. There is wide agreement that the...

Kroger Vendor Item Portal – Automating the Process

Kroger Vendor Item Portal – Automating the Process

Several years ago The Kroger Company launched Program Mercury, a data synchronization initiative that requires suppliers to provide information about products sold in Kroger stores. Now called the Item MDM/VIP, the program continues to utilize the Global Data...

Why GDSN Standards Matter

Why GDSN Standards Matter

In 2004, GS1 launched the Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN) to provide a common language and set of documents to improve the exchange of product information between trading partners. The goal was to reduce the number of individual connections used to exchange...

Low-code Development: How Low Should We Go?

Low-code Development: How Low Should We Go?

(The original article was posted on LinkedIn Pulse.) We are taught in life to set the bar high. But in the rush to accelerate digital transformation, is there a risk that we are aiming too low with our aspirations for next-generation software development? For all the...

Low-code development: the fallacy of the Sprint

Low-code development: the fallacy of the Sprint

(The original article was posted on LinkedIn Pulse.) A marathon is not just a series of sprints. We know that the preparation required to run for 100 meters is not the same as that for a 26-mile slog. This maxim applies equally to the software development process as...

How to modernize applications for business value

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...