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Technology Focus: Utensils for Building "Delicious" Server Apps PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Friday, 31 January 2014 16:08

 

Want to create an app that's a hash of custom transactions for your enterprise? Or an elegant amuse-bouche of a tailored customer-lookup app? You'll find more than "just desserts" in today's app tools market.

 

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

 

As varied and comprehensive as today's off-the-shelf software applications are, it's hard to find any that seem tailor-made for any enterprise. Unless you pay for custom adaptations, the need for building at least some apps in-house, at least so far, hasn't gone away. And with the needed deadline for many software projects already being "yesterday" from day one, few shops have the time luxury of letting their developers hand-code new software. Hence, the need for software development tools remains constant.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:44
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Technology Focus: Managing Storage Is as Critical as Managing Your Data PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00

Accurate data is critical to today's businesses. Managing its storage and retrieval is therefore decisive as well.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

"Storage management" has come to be an umbrella term that encompasses not just data storage and retrieval, but such formerly independent topics as high availability (HA), disaster recovery (DR), and capacity planning. Add to that the realities of virtualization, cloud services, and multiplatform environments, and the whole topic of storage management becomes complicated and full of options that each enterprise must explore to find the right combination for their line of business.

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Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 00:00
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Case Study: ASNA Monarch PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Thomas Stockwell   
Monday, 23 September 2013 00:00

Industrial Steel Treating (IST) discovers that updating an information infrastructure doesn't mean sacrificing value.

tom stockwellWritten by Thomas M. Stockwell

As technology changes, a company's management often needs a way to refresh the information infrastructure without sacrificing the value of their applications. Industrial Steel Treating Company (IST) in Jackson, Michigan, found that the most productive path to modernizing IST's custom-built IBM i production application was to migrate it to Microsoft .NET. It chose ASNA Monarch to perform the application migration, and the results couldn't be better.

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Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 11:48
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Technology Focus: 100 Social Media Monitoring Tools, Part I PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00

Although social media has become ubiquitous in the life of many technophiles, for many the whole idea of social media is simply, well, social. Sharing comments, photos, and personal news, for example, is considered by many the primary function of social media.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist 

Less well-understood is how enterprises can use social media as part of a marketing strategy for their company and brands. There are at least 100 software products, some of which are freeware, that either run in a browser or are available on a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) basis. These tools can help your enterprise identify boosters of your product, as well as complaints or detractors, so that the originators of those comments can be contacted, supported, or refuted by members of your staff. They can also help your enterprise develop and manage new marketing strategies based on social media.

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Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 00:00
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Technology Focus: Solutions for Ratcheting Up Your Supply Chain PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00

The similarity of supply chain and enterprise resource planning (ERP) apps, particularly given their convergence in the past, can be confusing. However, the differentiators may be stabilizing.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

Any enterprise that's concerned with transforming one kind of material into a different finished good is, on some level, dependent on a supply chain. Supply chains are concerned with directing the flow of products or their components, the flow of information about the products, and payments between suppliers, manufacturers, retailers, and consumers.

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Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 00:00
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Technology Focus: Tools for Extending Server Apps to Mobile Devices PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 20 May 2013 00:00

As iPads, tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices become more ubiquitous, so do the means of translating IBM i apps to mobile-friendly versions.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

The convenience of mobile devices is just the beginning of yet another technology advance that one suspects will utterly transform business life over the next few years. Not that it hasn't already, but we most likely have only begun to exploit 24/7 connectivity compared to what will be commonplace in the future.

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 15:35
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Technology Focus: Distribution, Warehousing, and Trucking Apps PDF Print E-mail
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Written by John Ghrist   
Monday, 04 February 2013 00:00

Depending on whom you ask, distribution, warehousing, and trucking applications may or may not also be considered "supply chain" apps.

john gristWritten by John Ghrist

One of the many technological issues that seems to be in flux today is the question of whether or not software product types such as distribution, warehousing, and trucking (D/W/T) apps are included when we speak of "supply chain applications."

 

Traditionally, supply chain apps have been considered more pertinent to the process of moving raw materials to some facility where they are processed, either into finished goods or goods that are later made part of some other finished product. The classical view is that then distribution, warehousing, and trucking apps are concerned with the movement of these finished goods to retail outlets. This, of course, is regardless of the fact that to the average retailer or consumer, the entire process is part of a supply chain from their point of view.

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Last Updated on Monday, 04 February 2013 00:00
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Why Automate Accounts Payable Processes? PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dan Forster   
Monday, 13 August 2012 00:00

Come for the ROI, but stay for the efficiency, security, and compliance benefits.

dan forsterWritten by Dan Forster

Since the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1700s, automation efforts have proven to be one of the key catalysts of successful business growth and innovation. One of the most celebrated models of automation and business success was Henry Ford's car company. His implementation of the assembly line is seen as the automation success model of his century. Of course, the advent and proliferation of advanced IT systems have automated nearly every aspect of a business. Surprisingly, however, despite the tangible and rapid ROI of automated accounts payable (AP) processes, a majority of companies have not taken advantage of the technology.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 16:12
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