I recently watched a segment on King 5 News around how some government agencies are using legacy systems for their day-to-day work. The article was highlighting the software program used at the Department of Licensing to process vehicle registrations, however, there are a number of additional agencies that are using legacy programs and platforms for their day-to-day processes. The segment went on to discuss how expensive it would be to update all of those systems. Continue reading
You have hundreds of thousands, maybe tens of millions, of documents in your old Oracle IPM 10g system with only 6 months before Oracle closes the support door on that product forever. Or maybe you’re running an Optika Acorde or Stellent IBPM system which has been out of support for years. You’ve looked at the new Oracle 11g platform and it’s too heavy, complex, and missing many key capabilities that you need, features like: external searching with Linked Servers, COLD support, Office and .NET integration points, easy setup and maintenance, and a workflow system that is actually usable for someone without a PhD. Oracle is clearly, and publically, going in a different direction and moving away from traditional enterprise imaging and transactional content management.
And even if you knew of an appropriate replacement technology, how are you going to migrate all of that content out of IPM without disrupting your business? What product vendor is going to know enough about your old IPM system to be able to get the content , applications, saved searches, workflows and profiles moved to their platform? Oh, and you don’t want simply to replacement on product for another – you want a good return on this migration investment!
ImageSource has been delivering and servicing Optika Acorde, Stellent IBPM, and Oracle IPM systems for nearly 20 years (don’t get me started on eMedia!). We recognized Oracle’s change in direction several years ago and have created the perfect replacement solution for the retiring 10g product. The ILINX suite offers the same content management capabilities as IPM but goes way beyond that. In fact, ILINX is more powerful, easier to deploy, use, and maintain, with better scalability, 100% browser-based, built-in retention management, more secure, free mobile clients, cloud-ready, built on the latest Microsoft technologies.. I could go on and on.
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VP of Software Development
For some interesting reading, range about the Internet for articles detailing the way the software world has changed in the past few years with the success of companies like Facebook and similarly ubiquitous, social-node technologies. Those companies have fostered the advent of the DevOps strategy, which is more a paradigm shift in corporate culture than merely a mechanical development/quality assurance/deployment strategy, and it demonstrates a new way of thinking about deployment scaling using the cloud (with an unbelievable number of servers available) while maintaining an aggressive development schedule. Sprint-cycle application development and cloud-based deployment are the order of the day for these newer entities. No longer does dev sit in a development cycle of a year or more, but rather a cycle that is measured in months at most, or weeks – even days. Getting customer-requested features quickly into the product and out to the customers is still job one, but – Oh, hey! – the difference in implementation! Ben Horowitz Article “How Software Testing Has Changed”
This is so true…lest we forget the importance of feedback, especially from our customer.
Please don’t make this mistake in your business. It will RUIN you.
by Derek Halpern | Follow Him on Twitter Here
Every now and then, you stumble on something that makes you want to hit your head against the wall.
And it’s often when people make a large, glaring mistake. A mistake that should be self explanatory, but they make it anyway.
Here’s the full story…
Over on Facebook, I republished my video about why I think discounting is for idiots. And someone shared their opinion of my video:
Now this is remarkable.
First, let’s talk about the big elephant in the room. They tell me I’m an idiot, and that they suggest businesses LIE to their customers.
But that’s not even the main point.
Instead, they’re not paying any mind to what I’m sharing because they don’t agree with it.
I’m not surprised by this though. There’s something known as selective exposure theory in psychology, and the long and short of it is: people look for information that affirms their pre-existing beliefs instead of contradicts them.
Now here’s the thing:
The mistake I’m sharing with you today has nothing to do with discounting. And it has nothing to do with lying.
When you’re running your business, you should NEVER – and I mean NEVER – shoot down the advice of other people. Even if you think it doesn’t apply to you. Even if you think the other person is wrong.
Now this doesn’t mean you should believe everything you read.
Far from it.
I’m cynical. And skeptical. And everything I read, I take with a grain of salt. However, no matter how smart or dumb people sound, I always approach every scenario with the mindset of, “What can I learn from this?”
That’s why I read books about art history, copywriting, memoirs of fashion executives, and more.
Even if something doesn’t apply to me, I make it apply.
And that’s the secret.
If someone presents something to you that contracts what you know, you don’t have to change your mind and believe them. But you should ask yourself, “What do they know that I don’t?”
Even in this example, maybe they know something about discounting that I don’t. And even if they don’t, I still used their comments as a teachable moment for you.
So from this point forward, I implore you to never make the mistake this person made. I want you to use every experience as an opportunity to learn something new. Because in my experience, the best ideas comes from the dumbest things.
And I don’t want you to miss out on any of it.
Now here’s what I want you to do…
What’s one comment or critique you’ve received in your business (or life) that you didn’t agree with. How can you turn that into a teachable moment or a lesson? Leave a comment.
You can read the original article here.
Quality Assurance Mgr.
When it comes to removing and sorting unused using directives in the Visual Studio Editor, a useful feature that is not enabled by default is to place all System directives on the top.
Director of Development
“You can’t just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they’ll want something new.” (Steve Jobs, 1989)
“You‘ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.” (Steve Jobs, 1997)
“[If you’re lucky, when you grow up you’ll discover one simple fact: Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.” (Steve Jobs, 1994)
Few people in recent history have made the impression Steve Jobs did. He was a thunderous, hypersonic force in a world of (relatively speaking) slow-motion quiet, leaving behind a vibrant legacy of astonishing dimensions and changing not only the way people communicate, but the very way people think about communicating in the world of information interchange.
The first two quotes highlight the difficulty of transforming a process/idea into mass-marketable software. Further, they show that for the past twenty years or so, the process of building software has not changed appreciably. One can search the Internet, scanning for the one definitive article that outlines the perfect strategy and methodology for software development, marketing and deployment. With the millions of people working diligently the past twenty-plus years in the tech world to codify any and all matters, it seems that would be doable. OK. Go ahead and look. I’ll wait. And, if the past is any indicator of future performance, twenty years from now I’ll still be waiting and you’ll be howling, foaming-at-the-mouth mad, surrounded by seriously alarming piles of used, fermenting pizza boxes and empty soda bottles. And the only one who will still love you is your Mom. Maybe. Software development can be likened to being chased by a rabid Rottweiler while trying to catch an over-amped cat jonesing for tuna when you have one leg in a cast and the cat isn’t inclined to be caught and the Rottweiler seriously wants to turn your good leg into its new, favorite chew toy, you know? Continue reading
ImageSource has partnered with dozens of customers of every size and across all industries to fine-tune our unique ECM-Ecosystem offering. This powerful engagement helps organizations to clearly understand where they are underserved by their current content management technologies, what their optimal content management objectives should be, and lays out a series of steps to get customers on track with a meaningful content management strategy. The five steps to the ImageSource ECM-Ecosystem are:
1. Understand the business problem/challenge
2. Identify gaps and opportunities for improvement
3. Provide a business vision
4. Define technology requirements
5. Define the business value
I recently ran across a great article by Elizabeth Marsh wherein she lays out 7 key principles in creating a successful “digital workplace” strategy. These same principles are woven throughout the ImageSource ECM-Ecosystem but Elizabeth did such a good job describing them that I thought I would share them here. So later this week, grab a slab of leftover turkey and pile of stuffing, cozy up to a warm fire, and share these insightful tidbits with family and friends – they’ll be glad you did!
Build Digital Workplaces Fit for the Future
By Elizabeth Marsh | Nov 25, 2014
VP of Software Development