Cloudward and Upward: Where Your Business Should Be

Posted by Steve Bostedor on Jun 2, 2017 10:05:17 AM

About five years ago, while working as a senior systems engineer for a local book manufacturer, a few members of our IT team were having a very spirited debate on the future of the cloud. I was a pretty vocal naysayer of this cloud movement at the time. It was my opinion that the cloud was nothing more than hosted services that have been around since the 1980s, just given a new, flashy name.

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Topics: Cloud, C/D/H, Security, Development, technology, Migration, cloud computing

Microsoft Teams and Collaboration Tool Landscape

Posted by Ryan Charnock on Mar 20, 2017 5:41:16 PM

The Situation:

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Topics: Cloud

Project Managers Make Great Leaders

Posted by C/D/H Consultant on Feb 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Project Managers, the really good ones, should feel very excited about their future.   They have the core to great leadership – which most others do not.  Filling the gaps for an executive position should be easy.

Project managers are some of the best candidates to fill an executive role, because to carry out their usual work they have to bring together all the disparate aspects of theory, reality, vision, process, finances, value, politics and human nature to create successful outcomes. Project managers often manage projects that cross all organizational functions and get to see the organization as a whole entity rather than from the "siloed" view of the projects or program.

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Topics: Project Management

Keep Your IT Infrastructure

Posted by C/D/H Consultant on Nov 1, 2016 9:47:59 AM

But it's changing rapidly – which makes it difficult to keep costs down, adhere to standards and guidance, and improve services, productivity, and customer satisfaction – let alone, all at the same time. So your infrastructure must be agile.

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Topics: Agile Development

Interim CIOs: Do You Need One?

Posted by Mark Becker on Nov 1, 2016 9:42:52 AM

The departure of a key IT leader places an organization at a critical juncture. Companies often find themselves with unclear short and long-term technology needs. Whether it was an unexpected chief information officer (CIO) vacancy or the company chose to make a change, the result is a void in IT leadership. That void slows down what could be critical IT initiatives.

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Topics: C/D/H

Do Your Developers Know What They Don't Know?

Posted by C/D/H Consultant on Nov 1, 2016 9:39:31 AM

It's hard work keeping up with the nearly daily changes in technology. We are not too different from medical doctors. We must keep up with industry trends and best practices if we want to give you the best solution for you. The moment that we fall behind, we are using outdated technologies and substandard patterns for architecting solutions, which lead to security risks and data integrity issues. That's why C/D/H is serious about its core values, including "Continuous Improvement." We constantly learn, so that we can be the best at what we do.

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Topics: Application Development, Software Development, Development

The Value of a Code Review

Posted by C/D/H Consultant on Nov 1, 2016 9:33:10 AM

Systematic custom code review can uncover inefficient, unused, old, or mistakenly implemented code. Who wouldn't want to do that?

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Topics: Code

What is a Consultant, and Why do You Need One?

Posted by C/D/H Consultant on Nov 1, 2016 9:27:47 AM

Consultants provide expert advice you can trust.

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Topics: C/D/H

Mobile First? Cloud First? How About People First?

Posted by C/D/H Consultant on Nov 1, 2016 9:23:30 AM

With Satya Nadella taking over the role of CEO, Microsoft's stock is at or near its 10 year high. Nadella is getting high marks for his emphasis on being open to new platforms and embracing mobile and the cloud. He is leading the charge and now Microsoft is landing the crown jewel of its portfolio: Office for iPad and Android devices.

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Topics: Mobile

Bridge Out or a Ramp to Better Things? Surviving and Thriving on Change in Your Organization

Posted by Mark Becker on Nov 1, 2016 9:15:39 AM

Everyday we face change and the fear change brings. Yet nervousness can quickly change to resistance if we do not take the time to slow down and think about changing with the situation. Imagine you are on a motorcycle approaching a bridge that has buckled upwards. Do you see a bridge out or a ramp to better things?

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Topics: C/D/H