5 Reasons You’ll Fall in Love with Application Development (Again)

With a seemingly endless list of programming tools, languages and platforms, some tech types consider today the golden age of software development. The freedom to choose from such an expansive menu of sophisticated languages and frameworks – Java, JavaScript, HTML5, Python, Rust, Ruby, Swift, Java, PHP, Node, Kotlin, MEAN, C#, Perl, .NET, Bootstrap and Pure.CSS, just … …

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Imagine the Power of One Language

I’ll ask the reader to at least temporarily suspend feelings and thoughts of politics, culture and religion. And, you should cue John Lennon’s “Imagine” to set the scene. Okay, thank you! Please sit down and take a deep breath. Let’s drift off to the land of imagination for a few moments. Imagine if the whole … …

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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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Why Don’t Users Ever Know What They Want?

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 … …

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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 competitors. You attend a presentation and … …

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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 position their organizations to unlock tomorrow’s opportunities. Over this three-day … …

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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 Synchronization Network (GDSN) and the Kroger Vendor Item Portal (VIP) to collect product item data that is … …

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Why GDSN Matters

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 master data. To achieve this vision, standards had to be developed and agreed … …

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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 it does to running a race. Yet … …

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