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We’re Number One!

It’s not often that one gets to say “we are the best”, but Medstar Montgomery Medical Center (MMMC) now has that honor. I’ve had the privilege of working with MMMC [formerly Montgomery General Hospital] for over a decade.  Truly a fantastic group of IT professionals, and I’m proud to be part of their team!  So, congratulations MMMC! Read more: #1 Best Small Hospital IT Departments – 2013


Checkbox Computing

One of the people I pay attention to in the tech world is John C. Dvorak. While he’s not always right, he does provoke our thought process when it comes to technology.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

No, this post has nothing to do with Lawson.  Except that Lawson S3 supported databases include both Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server. 

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Phil Simon’s New Book: Why New Systems Fail

Make sure you check out the new book, Why New Systems Fail: Theory and Practice Collide, by my friend and fellow independent consultant Phil Simon.  The book includes an interview with me on reporting.

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Are You Recession-Proof?

The economy is on practically everyone’s mind these days.  We know we’re in for a bumpy ride over the next several months, and perhaps even years.  Everywhere we turn, organizations are “battening down the hatches”, learning to do more with less.  One way to do that is to evaluate our tools as well as our approaches to some of the routine tasks that we perform.

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Oh, so now you’re an expert, huh?

Can’t you just envision this as being a perfect line of Alice Kramden dialogue from an episode of The Honeymooners?   Ralph is contriving some plan with Norton, purporting to be “the expert” on whatever scheme is being cooked up.  And in steps clear-headed Alice, to utter the deflating question that brings it all back into perspective, “Oh, so now you’re an expert, huh?”

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One Of My Hats: "Application Architect"?

A recent CIO magazine article ( made me think about some of the roles I fill for my clients.

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Are You Aligned?

We always hear a lot about IT alignment. That is, how aligned your IT goals are with goals of your business? Usually, these are addressed in a macro view, but rarely in micro. But what about within the IT organization itself? Are its goals aligned internally within IT?

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More Bandwidth ≠ Greater Productivity

Business Week published an article, “Ten Penny-Pinching Ideas for 2008” ( which got my attention.  No, it wasn’t the sarcastic reference to “the best ways to soak your overpriced tech consultants for free advice” in the opening teaser. Read more of this post

Lawson Goes Offshore

Several months ago (see , I wrote about Lawson’s offshore development plans. This month let’s take a closer look.

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