Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mobile business: Why it's barreling over the horizon, and what you can do to prepare.

Everyone agrees the future of global business is mobile, but America has a lot of catching up to do when it comes to adopting mobile devices and strategies.

Why that is, why that's changing, and what to look for to get your business up to speed.

If you'd like to begin, our consultants can give you a free evaluation and a place to start. Just let us know »

Monday, August 27, 2007

Application Tip: Fun with SQL

Our Web 2.0 templates now allow you to modify the servlet data base work (SQL statement) through m-Painter.

This quick tip shows you how and when you might want to do so.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Love your legacy code...it's okay.
We did and do!

This article from Computerworld covers a topic near and dear to many of our hearts: legacy code, with its wonderful merits and problematic future.

It is also worth noting that there are ways to retain its power while safely moving forward. m-Power users incorporate their own time-tested legacy code such as that written in COBOL or RPG, and integrate it into their new Java applications seamlessly.

And, because the code is time-tested, your new applications are faster, easier for users, and more flexible. We know because we had to do it ourselves. Here's what we had to do (PDF)»

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

10 best practices for IT-business alignment that you can adopt today.

With all of the constant chatter about how IT is becoming more of a commodity, and how CIOs need to become better business analysts, one area that is often left to our imaginations are actionable ways to accomplish this feat.

Here are 10 best practices that you can address to begin gaining notice on the business end of IT.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

New Web feature: Submit your applications to our live tour

You may have noticed our new demo section featuring m-Power'd Web sites. In this new section, we are trying to showcase various application types built with m-Power.

If you've created a Web application with m-Power that you are particularly proud of, we might want to help showcase your work.

In some cases, these sites are live and can actually accept orders.

This can not only serve as a great way to promote you and your company, but it can increase sales and exposure. (Might want to forward this on to sales or marketing.) If you'd like to find out more, just drop us a line, so we can consider you in our demo tour right away!

And remember to check back regularly as we begin to add more sites to our demo area.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Road to CIO Tip: How to Foster Teamwork Between Insulated Groups

The importance of building and managing strong teams in IT, and business in general, is often considered essential to success. But, sometimes this can backfire. Particularly when teams are asked to collaborate on projects. But, collaboration is essential to success as well.

So, how can you get two strong teams to work together without facing an "us vs. them" mentality that can reduce your project to a squabbling mess?

Here are some great tips from CIO magazine on balancing that tightrope.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

For good BI (Business Intelligence), IT needs to get out of the middle.

In a recent survey respondents predicted that within two years over 50% of their company's employees will use business intelligence software...even though less than 10% do now.

Why the lag? One reason is that many BI products still require a great deal of IT intervention. As one Gartner analyst says, "If you're going to roll out BI throughout the company, you've got to get IT out of the middle."

It takes empowering both end-users and developers to create BI solutions, and you need tools such as m-Power have to be both intuitive and comprehensive. If you have a few minutes now, you can test drive m-Power right now (via your Web browser) to get a better idea of what we mean.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

How to Spot a Failing Project So You Can Save It.

Often, spotting critical early warning signs that a project is in trouble can make all the difference between success and failure. Here are a few ways to identify the symptoms.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Tip: Customize enterprise applications without blowing up your TCO (total cost of ownership.)

I just read this article in CIO magazine about how modifying new enterprise applications is not a good idea, and increases your TCO or Total Cost of Ownership.

Each of the author's concerns are true...but only when done incorrectly. This article addresses each of these concerns...and gives you some viable options for customizing your business applications

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

4 Ways your technology direction can Impact the Bottom Line

This report from Gartner outlines the four crucial areas where you can start developing projects and ideas to generate new revenue streams for the business.

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