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The Imitation ERP

The Imitation Game was applied to computer science by Alan Turing and became known as the Turing Test. (If you are not familiar with Alan Turing, check out the book “Alan Turing: The Enigma” or the movie “The Imitation Game.”) … Continue reading

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Is Business Software really an Expense?

There’s an accounting answer to whether software applications – especially enterprise software applications, should be expensed or capitalized – though it seems to change from time to time. The introduction of cloud-based (and cloud-priced) solutions have muddied the accounting waters … Continue reading

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When the Information Robots take over

A fully automated information system can flawlessly process more information at greater levels of detail, freeing up people time for better, faster decisions. As information systems move to fully automated ‘hands free’ operations, many of the information processing jobs that … Continue reading

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Automation through Bots

You can define a bot as “a software application that runs automated tasks over the Internet. Typically, bots perform tasks that are both simple and structurally repetitive, at a much higher rate than would be possible for a human alone.” … Continue reading

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I, Unicorn

I have spectacular new technology. Should I become a unicorn? First, I should figure out what becoming a “unicorn” involves. To the VCs, a unicorn refers to any tech startup company that reaches a $1 billion dollar market value. To … Continue reading

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Cloud Inside

I’ve just written a Go Faster plan that will allow HarrisData to re-engineer our entire enterprise application portfolio – including HRIS, ERP, and CRM applications – into next-generation web applications in a matter of months.  Why risk a complete re-engineering … Continue reading

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Go Faster

I’ve written a lot of strategic product and marketing plans over the last 30 years, and I just wrote both the most challenging and most enjoyable yet. It’s a simple piece called ‘Go Faster’. After a successful rollout of our … Continue reading

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Multitenancy: Panacea and Problem

Multitenancy is a buzzword getting a lot of attention these days. Over at ZDNet, Eric Lai started quite a conversation looking at what he felt were Four Big Problems with Multitenancy from an enterprise application space. Frank Scavo replied that … Continue reading

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Cloud Computing is not a Pricing Model

Try searching for “cloud computing is cheaper” and you’ll find no shortage of opinions that support the notion that by going to the cloud, you will will save millions of dollars. Cloud Computing is full of hype and marketing over-reach. … Continue reading

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PHP on IBM i – Adding new value to old applications fast

The IBM Systems Magazine PowerUp blog is talking about PHP on IBM i, a thread started by Laura Ubelhor with her post “There’s No Doubt PHP is an Awesome Fit on IBM i“. For the average IBM i shop, PHP … Continue reading

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