Posts by Bob McCallister

Anyone who’s purchased enterprise software understands the potential rewards and risks involved in the decision. On one hand you’re hoping your choice delivers what’s been promised: More efficiency, higher productivity, increased cost savings. One the other hand, in the back of your mind, no matter how confident you may feel in the choice, you wonder if it might end up to be a complete financial and business disaster. We never like to bring up the…  MORE

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Not so long ago, sustainability was an abstract concept exclusively discussed among professionals in the environmental space. Today, sustainability is crucial for the business sector, as reducing the negative impacts of climate change has become important for nearly every aspect of a company’s operations and bottom line. These changes are occurring due to the implementation of new technology, especially within the industrial sector. Many industrial brands have embraced this new business perspective. Leaders in manufacturing,…  MORE

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The past two years have been tough for retail. Stores had to close, malls turned into ghost towns, employees quit in droves. To adapt, retail businesses had to re-invent themselves in some form. Shift to e-commerce only, add curbside pickup as an option, or a hybrid of the two. To execute on any of these strategies, they had to enhance current or create new customer journeys. They had to improve information design and user experiences….  MORE

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Over the past 10-15 years, the role of the CIO has expanded beyond being merely the gatekeeper of the company’s technology. CIOs have become key voices for overall strategic direction, and due to the pandemic, they must now be part of the overall discussion about the future of work for their organizations. To do so, they should make culture a priority over everything else. We’ve all come to see how physical location doesn’t affect job…  MORE

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There was a time when “supply chain” was a term that you’d only hear in business meetings or read in industry-related articles. But now the average person has an awareness of what supply chains are and how they directly affect our lives. Due to the global pandemic, there’s a shortage of consumer goods, auto parts, computer chips, you name it. Without a smoothly flowing supply chain, we can’t get the products we need. And neither…  MORE

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Companies who were lazy about their digital transformation efforts got a big wake up call starting in March, 2020. That’s was the dawn of the COVID 19 pandemic, which is when people started spending more time online than ever before. Fortunately, many of those apathetic brands saw the writing on the wall and got with the digital program. They began to leverage disruptive technologies to deliver value to customers and drive growth. The thing is,…  MORE

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In software development circles, there’s an issue that everyone acknowledges, but is never (or rarely) actually discussed. It’s how products often get into customer hands with bad code. A new report shows that over 80% of applications come into the world with insecure code. By no means is there anything malicious behind this lack of quality control. Developers typically face arbitrary deadlines set by the sales and marketing departments. They want the product completed fast…  MORE

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Ever since the dawn of the industrial revolution, the office became the standard location for where most people did their jobs. At some point, some employees were able to work at home. Today, post-pandemic, we now have the hybrid workplace, which means splitting your time between remote work and office work. And while hybrid work is becoming common for many industries and company departments, it’s a special challenge for IT departments. That’s because IT leaders…  MORE

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