Att Def

Attention Deficit and the Enterprise Software Project

Never mind how many people you can get to work on your enterprise software project team. The critical factor today is how much of their focused attention you can get when you need it. Quoting columnist and Guinness record holder for Highest IQ Marilyn vos Savant, “Working in an office with an array of electronic […]

Supply Chain

ERP 101: Supply Chain Benefits

Inside a Red Wing shoe factory.  Photo by Nina Hale, cc license. The supply chain – a term used to describe all the activities needed to bring goods to market, is a natural beneficiary of a good ERP system because the supply chain extends from one end of an enterprise to another. Often the individual […]

Omnichannel map

What is Omnichannel and Why Should I Care?

The social network is (one of) your sales channels.  Map of Facebook connections; by Michael Coghlan, CC license “Omnichannel” commerce describes the (new) reality of being able (are you able?) to sell and deliver your goods and services to anyone, anywhere, at any time.  Not just sell, but carry the selling experience to the consumer in your […]

Mem bus

What Is In-Memory Computing?

Image: Memory Bus by ARendle, CC license. In-memory computing, also known as massively parallel computing, is composed of two things: 1) huge amounts of RAM; and 2) huge amounts of processing power. In-memory computing is another technology leapfrogging the traditional data warehouse. An in-memory architecture uses data that is in the main memory (also known […]


Is the Smartphone Ready for Your ERP System?

Photo by Blake Patterson, CC license. See those app icons on your iPhone? Don’t you think it makes sense to put corporate apps on an iPhone too? Yes, as long as the interface is easy and you don’t have to type a lot on your tiny glass screen. Enterprise apps are going there, and that […]


Have a Methodology – But Only One That Makes Sense to You

Who needs a methodology?  Just do it.  Photo: Spring 2013 Hackathon at Columbia University, where participants were challenged to build — over a weekend —  software programs for New York City startups; by Matylda Czarnecka,, CC license. You’re about to launch a big ERP project. You need a structured methodology.  The lazy/easy thing to […]

data center

Big Data 101

Image: “Data Center.” by Stan Wlechers, CC license So what is Big Data, particularly Big Data analytics? Why all the hype? Big Data is what it implies: tons of data. We’re talking millions or billions of rows here – way too much for standard query tools accessing data on a disk. What would constitute “tons” […]

US Pop

Case Study: The 2010 Census

Image: U.S. Counties, population change 2000-2010, by Joe Wolf, CC license   Failed IT projects are not unusual in the government sector. Big IT projects are hard enough without the added complexity, delays, politics, and bureaucracy of government entities. But leaving those dysfunctions aside, there is much to learn from these failures. The 2010 Census […]


Tell Me Again Why I Should Care About Hyperscale Computing?

Photo: “Trails in the Sand,” Dubai, by Kamal Kestell, CC license If “Humanscale” computing is managing bags of sand, “Hyperscale” computing is managing each individual grain of sand in every bag. “Hyperscale” computing (HC) is the processing of data, messages or transactions on a scale orders of magnitude larger than traditional computing.  HC is becoming […]