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Mike Hastie | November 6, 2017
With the emergence of tools, frameworks, and accelerators designed to “just get it done,” the days of having a business analyst, a lead developer, a database administrator, a QA specialist, an administrator, and maybe an operations specialist have gone. That is not to say we don't need all the skills and considerations that go with all of these roles; it’s just that so many... + continue reading
Mike Hastie | October 30, 2017
In the not so distant past, an organization’s IT infrastructure was simpler and more self-contained. For many, security only had to be enforced in a small set of applications, with an outer layer of protection with dedicated networks and limited access via firewalls and virtual private networks. Even larger and more sophisticated environments had a single identity store (LDAP or Active... + continue reading
Prithvi Srinivasan | October 26, 2017
It is an amazing experience to work with some of the leading healthcare payers in the world, including Aetna, Cigna, EmblemHealth, multiple Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations, and many others. However, at their core, although some payers have truly embraced consumerism among their members, most still view their members almost exclusively as patients. In this article, I will attempt to make the... + continue reading
Mike Hastie | October 25, 2017
I woke today thinking I should share my mixed ramblings on the future of IT, but I then realized that there is nobody in my family and friends that wants to read it or really cares about this topic. Lucky for me, we have the internet and blogs. Before we look forward, let’s just take a moment and look back. I have been working with IT for 35 years. In this time, the internet, cell phones... + continue reading
Michael Roberts | September 6, 2017
Even as of September 2017, many IBM Cognos customers are still deeply invested in older Cognos 10.x (or earlier) releases—and with good reason. The earlier releases are stable, scalable, and, after many years of incremental upgrades, very powerful. The initial releases of Cognos 11 (say, 11.0.4 or earlier) were missing some key functional components, and it has taken IBM a while to catch up... + continue reading
Joel Krishnan | September 5, 2017
IBM has taken a big leap forward in its Digital Process Automation journey by joining hands with Automation Anywhere, the largest player in the RPA space. The BPM platform is used to transform or improve a process and provide end-to-end process visibility. While improving or transforming the business process, it provides some automation by way of straight through processing and through the... + continue reading