Category: Modernization
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
30 Oct, 2019

It’s Transformation Time – But Where to Start?

Transformations are all the rage these days. It seems like everyone’s doing one, and while the circumstances are varied, the goal is usually the same- catalyze the organization into a competitive force in the data driven digital marketplace. I’ve written on various types of transformation projects, how to ensure...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
23 Oct, 2019

Dark Data Patterns are not the Future

Last week I talked about the need to understand the monetization and commercialization opportunities of your data assets. This week I want to touch on socially responsible versus dark patterns of data usage. This is a hot button topic for many and includes several facets from privacy to bias...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
04 Sep, 2019

Digital Transformation Transmogrified

Digital Transformation has taken off as a topic out on the InterWebs this past year. While there is a lot of good stuff being discussed, I’m starting to think that what should be an obvious point, and ultimately, the crux of the matter, has gotten lost in the shuffle....
Rusty Eller
Rusty Eller
27 Feb, 2018

Migrating to Elastic Search: A Case Study

I am a member of a development team that has nearly completed the task of replacing Apache Solr with Elasticsearch for our web application. This case study is a recounting of the methods used and challenges faced during the experience. Read on to learn why and how we pulled...
Frank Oelschlager
Frank Oelschlager
10 Jan, 2017

Software vs The Evil Forces of Entropy

Requirements evolve, technology evolves, processes evolve, and users evolve. So why is it that the systems, applications, and their underlying architectures seemingly get built in a way that after a couple iterations of extension, they become brittle and saddled with “technical debt”? More importantly, is there anything that can...
Bill Lenoir
Bill Lenoir
18 Oct, 2016

Web Accessibility Should Be a Goal for All Sites

For many businesses, web accessibility is viewed as more of a hassle or statutory requirement than a good business practice. Accessibility only becomes important when compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act (or a similar state regulation) is required to win a contract. The reality is that an accessible website enables your business...
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
04 Oct, 2016

Running Successful Technology Assessments

These days, almost every business relies on technology products and platforms to run daily operations and meet its goals. Unfortunately, your business needs and the functionality and performance of your supporting technology frequently fall out of alignment. A technology assessment is a good way to baseline where you are: what works,...
Jay Gelman
Jay Gelman
02 Feb, 2016

Making Command Query Responsibility Separation, RDBMS, and SOLR Work

Command Query Responsibility Separation (CQRS) is a mechanism by which the Query object model that a client uses for retrieving information is different from the Command object model that a client uses to modify the information. Benefits of using CQRS include: Distinct object models for Commands and Queries may...
Rick Garvin
Rick Garvin
13 Oct, 2015

The Impact of Technical Debt: A Guide for Business Managers

Technical debt matters, because, sooner or later, it’s a drag on your business.  It’s expensive, it saps productivity, and it reduces business agility.  The more you understand about the technical debt you have in your business, the more you can minimize it. Why do software products and systems become harder...
Jason Mao
Jason Mao
23 Sep, 2015

Ansible State of Mind, Part 1: Automate First

If it’s not automated, it’s not done. Changing your approach from “implement now and automate later” to “implement means automate” will take you a long way down the road to Continuous Delivery. The benefits of IT automation are fairly well understood – lower costs, higher reliability, and better performance....