Sometimes we need to take a fresh look at what we do. While our
ground-level perspective is superior for detail, we need to pull back a few
thousand feet to really see how things connect. This installment of Business
Tech asks the deceptively simple question "Is your data complete?"
Print media's everincreasing use of electronic means of publication is
making a major impact on the business model of publishing. Lower production
and delivery costs, increased channels and fewer barriers to getting
published, and the promise of a richer user experience as we move away from
purely static print to more interactive forms are all benefits resulting
from the shift. It is not, however, without it's problems. For example, how
can content producers get paid enough to make a living, and how do they
avoid getting ripped off?
Generating content (at least quality content) for print media hasn't
changed much over the years. You still need people to write it, edit it, lay
it out, etc. But today there are a number of tools which not only allow one
person to assume more than one of these roles, but the format of the final
product is also changing. See why "print" doesn't mean just print anymore.
There's something standing between you and your data. And there should be.
Classically, interfaces are thought of as access points, but a good
interface is also a speed bump. We need to rethink connectivity.
Logic is supposed to be a computer's forte but only certain kinds of logic.
Artificial Intelligence and Decision Support Systems are two approaches to
expanding what a computer can evaluate. This is the beginning of a
medium-deep dive on those topics.
As they say, it takes money to make money. But finding funding for a
startup or the expansion of an existing business comes with a variety of
reporting and scheduling issues. Most IT professionals do not think of
themselves as being involved in funding efforts, but we have a lot more
impact — both positive or negative — than we may realize.
We technical folks tend to look at businesses and immediately start
thinking about what technology it could use. Many times, however, we would
benefit by first stepping back and learning about the business model. This
real-world case study explores how that can work..
Igrocni the caveman sees you materialize, in whatever you are wearing right
now, and hits you in the head with a rock. When you understand why he hit
you, you'll have some insight into how the rest of your company sees your
The world demands synergy between business and technology, but the
conversations between the two sides are often shouted across a gulf chocked
full of misunderstanding. In the process, both parties sound crazy to each
other until a commonality can be found. Chuck talks about how to address
these issues and suggestions on how to find the commonalities so you no
longer sound like "All those Crazy People".
In our Information Management industry, we are used to change. With our
MultiValue databases and tools, we sometimes even revel in change since it
is another opportunity to show how quickly we can do things. But in our
praise of change and rush to coding, we sometimes forget to think about the
change, even startingwith analyzing its basic nature.