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Part 9: Toward A New Normal

We’ve outlined and recommended new and better approaches to developing and managing information systems. Most companies we work with are applying some of them, but in bits and pieces. We argue that the time and technology [...]

By | Thursday, February 2, 2017|Series - Information Systems|

Part 8: Better Methods At Work

The methods we’ve discussed prove valuable in meeting a wide variety of information systems challenges. Here are some examples. Rebuild fast. An independent power producer acquired another producer, adding plants, expanding market coverage, and quadrupling the [...]

By | Sunday, January 29, 2017|Series - Information Systems|

Part 7: Grapevine

Tectonic's methods for agile applications development, cumulative platform building, and unleashing the value of technology assets are called Grapevine. It’s a unique combination of capabilities, therefore a bit tricky to explain: It’s not a proprietary technology, but rather uses powerful technology [...]

By | Friday, January 27, 2017|Series - Information Systems|

Part 6: The Third Way

There have long been two basic approaches to putting business systems in place. Building custom applications from scratch was the norm until the rise of software packages and ERP systems with extensive functionality. Then most companies adopted a “buy, don’t build” [...]

By | Thursday, January 26, 2017|Series - Information Systems|

Amazon Go Redefines Real-Time Marketing

Amazon continues to take on established norms for how we shop. Their online-only business model revolutionized the retail industry in the early 2000s. With their latest shopping concept, Amazon Go, they are bringing technology into our brick-and-mortar [...]

By | Tuesday, January 24, 2017|Technology|

Part 5: Core And Edge

Over the past few years, we have witnessed an unprecedented stampede of information technology innovation. The confluence of social media, mobility, cloud computing, software as a service, and others is radically redefining the way that information technology drives and supports [...]

By | Friday, January 20, 2017|Series - Information Systems|

How To Build A Connected Culture

Building a connected culture has become increasingly important because mobile devices and applications have changed the landscape of the IT world. No longer are business users tied to their desks or offices. They can be productive anywhere, thus the content [...]

By | Wednesday, January 18, 2017|Technology|

Part 3: How Things Should Work

We recommend revisiting the goals of your major information systems and your computing environment as a whole. Consider these five basic objectives: Data is available. Businesses are forever finding new uses for existing data and useful opportunities to combine data [...]

By | Friday, January 13, 2017|Series - Information Systems|