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Invisible Technology
September 19, 2013
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Phil Wales
Successful implementation of technology requires knowledge and skills as to how a system must be implemented for it to operate correctly. It requires knowledge of the environment in which the solution will run, integration points between it and other sources of data, and a clear understanding of how the solution will be used. But all of these things are tactical activities that can be executed by any competent and experienced development team. The real differentiation between an operational solution and an indispensable one is the user experience. The key is allowing users to accomplish their...
People Matter
September 04, 2013
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John Schaffer
When I think about my career development, I ask the man in the mirror, "What are you passionate about?" I love technology, I love solving challenging problems for my clients, I love weight lifting, and I love working on the farm, but when it boils down to it, there's nothing that I'm more passionate about than the relationships I have with people. Over the years, I've come to appreciate more and more how important our people are at the work place. A few weeks ago, our company had an all-hands meeting in Texas to review our performance and plan our future. After spending...
An End, a Beginning, and the Real "Critical Path"
August 15, 2013
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Mark Schaffhausen
I recently caught myself saying something about summer ending because school is starting again, even though I know the "real" end of summer is in September (which here in Texas still isn't accurate, temperature-wise). This got me thinking about our IWMS project milestones, especially "go-live." I remember once hearing a comparison that a go-live date is the wedding and to not forget about the marriage. So, when an IWMS project “ends,” is it really over? Yes, the major project has been completed, but the marriage is just beginning. One recommendation is to...
IWMS Implementations - How Well Are You Managing Expectations?
August 01, 2013
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Susan Spiers
It is interesting to me how – when clients begin to plan for an IWMS project – many want to believe that it can be simple, that technology can be used out-of-the-box and that business can continue to operate as usual, except now with robustly integrated technology and immediate ROI. While simplicity, out-of-the-box usage, business as usual and immediate ROI are desired, to varying degrees these attributes are unrealistic. I meet with many companies, all beginning to plan for an IWMS project. All express a short list of basic concerns. Are we ready? Do we have the funding? How much...
Assessing What You Have
July 18, 2013
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Richard Jordan
One of the critical steps in moving forward to a new technology solution is assessing what you have - the current state. Too often organizations fall into the trap of setting a future state without really understanding what they currently have in place. This isn’t just about technology. It is important to look at the big picture - what we are accomplishing with what we have now. Ask yourself these questions: What are our sources of data? Where do you get feeds from? What are the data elements that we own/enter, and what comes from elsewhere? Who owns those systems? How accurate/timely/...
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