Think Strategically, Proceed Practically

January 20, 2014

Knowing the strategic solution is only part of the challenge. Let’s assume you are able to establish the “right and just” solution either because your enterprise has well documented target architectures and roadmaps or your solution has a well established “best practice” pattern you can apply.

Take a moment to savor your success, but only a moment! Now let this sobering thought sink in – your awesome design brings zero business value to your organization until it is instantiated and running in production. Zero. No business value at all.

In most cases, designing the strategic solution is the easy part of the challenge. Let’s review the remaining roadblocks between you and providing business value, then discuss the winding path to success.
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Hey, Did You Get My Message?

January 6, 2014

There are different ways for applications to talk to one another. These can include:

  • File Transfer
  • Web Services
  • Shared Data
  • Messaging

All have their strengths and weaknesses but for now let’s focus on the advantages of messaging.

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So you have to transmit some files, huh?

June 12, 2013

When was the last time you found yourself on a project that didn’t involve some degree of file transmission?

No, that one doesn’t count…

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