Email, RFID, Mainframes and Web Services, 6 Sigma

  • Email and Collaborative Software – good reflections on email as a platform/part of collaborative software, e.g.,
    Rather than start with a website that users need to incorporate into their work routines, Kubi permits people to work in a place they know and that they have their arms around, without asking them to change well-established habits.”
  • The Hayes Microcomputer Story – you know, the modem people. Hayes is broke, The Other Guy doin’ just fine. I like this part: “He didn’t put in long hours, but he couldn’t stop thinking about work.” Word to that.

I finished reading this month’s issue of CIO tonight. I’ve only gotten two issues (from a free subscription), but I’ve been pretty impressed with the magazine so far. I already linked to the good KM article in this months issue. Here are the others that were worthwhile:

  • “The RFID Imperative” – a lengthy overview of practical concerns for integrating RFID into the business process, e.g.,

    [RFID is] going to create rivers of numbers telling retailers about the expiration dates of their perishable items–numbers that will have to be stored, transmitted in real-time and shared with warehouse management, inventory management, financial and other enterprise systems. Applications of RFID technology are also going to need to rely on a new kind of computing architecture known as edge computing, in which vast amounts of processing will take place at the edges of the enterprise’s network rather than in corporate data centers.

  • Miami-Dade County’s Use of Web Services – essentially, they have lots of mainframes that can’t be replaced. My take is that Web services provided them with an out of the box standard and method for integrating mainframes with the rest of their systems: if they didn’t have that out of the boxness of Web Services, they would have (a). gotten bogged down in defining one, (b.) not even thought to define such a standard, or, worse, (c.) spent time and money to come up with a bad one.

    Application Development Trends had another Web Services/Mainframe article that’s a nice pairing with the Miami-Dade County story. The most interesting point of the ADT article was the idea that quite a bit of undocumented business process is locked in legacy code on mainframes. The Miami-Dade County folks seemed to encounter this as well: they used Web Services to keep using the legacy code instead of re-writing it.

    All-in-all, it looks like there’s an uptick on associating Web Services with the idea of extending the life of mainframes.

  • “Six Sigma Comes to IT” – applying Six Sigma to internal IT. I only had a vague notion of what Six Sigma was: there’s a quick overview in the begining of the article. Then the usual stories of people who implemented it, and tips for application. As I remember, Josh created something to do with Six Sigma some time ago.

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