Will You End Up Shouting “Why SaaS”?

June 19th, 2013

10 challenges I’m afraid will not be addressed by vendors that may create problems for the cloud First, I am a big believer in all of the predictions that cloud technology will take off for businesses.  If done well, it should change the face of IT and businesses for many years to come.  If not […]

Component, Component, Component: Everyone says it, few actually “get it”

May 30th, 2013

Can we really get to true plug and play with software? Every now and then a great technical concept unfolds, everyone starts talking about it, and all of the vendors start defining their own software by it.  This has happened to SOA (related to this topic, but we’ll cover that on a different day), rules-based […]

Software upgrades – why do they rarely happen?

May 14th, 2013

Today, customers and vendors cannot stay in technical and business alignment long enough for an upgrade to make sense Companies look for seamless, cost effective software upgrades…but it can end up being more painful than original implementation. This puts the customer in a difficult position because they cannot cost justify making the change. The primary […]

Data Redundancy – Why is it that it’s not acceptable in a database but okay across the enterprise?

April 25th, 2013

STP – It’s been the “in” thing, don’t you know? Everyone is doing it.  A while back, this hot new acronym was all the rage, and for the most part still is. For a while now, in response to the “we need it now” mentality, insurance companies have placed an emphasis on the importance of […]

Recent College Graduates Go FAST: Why You Should Too

February 1st, 2013

Coming out of college, one of the hardest decisions most of us face is “What should I do when I graduate?”  As recent college graduates, we felt like newborn babies that had been thrown into the crazy jungle, more commonly known as the “real world”.  We didn’t know much, but we both knew that we […]

“Drop the Software Testing Baton”

January 17th, 2013

A software tester, with a determined look on his face, walks briskly up to your desk and blurts out, ‘It doesn’t work.’  After you sigh, your mind oscillates between responses of, ‘Okay, let me look into it,’ and ‘What the heck do I do with THAT?’ Developing and testing software should be less of a […]

Powering Software Development: Technology and the Virtual Project Team

January 2nd, 2013

If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. – Henry Ford   Most people believe that successfully completing an Agile project with multiple companies, across different locations is impossible… As technology continues to change where and how we do business, this is no longer a valid assumption.  When implemented thoughtfully, any […]

The FAST Cloud Is Expanding

November 21st, 2012

Today, cloud services are available to all FAST 8x customers.  One of the biggest advantages it provides is a virtual development environment for building and testing new applications.  FAST Insurance Components are also running on the cloud – being utilized by thousands of Producers who can easily access the data they need to run their […]

Three Lessons I Learned From Steve Jobs

October 6th, 2011

To say that Steve Jobs was an inspiration to the technology industry is an understatement. When looking back on his career and the legacy he left behind, I can recall three important lessons that I have learned from Steve Jobs: 1.       Perseverance – Perseverance is by far, the most important lesson that I have learned […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Investment: Three Steps to Revitalize Your Legacy System

October 4th, 2011

Companies don’t need to “rip and replace” large portions of their IT investments in order to gain the set of features they want. By taking a multi-phased approach to incrementally roll in functionality, organizations can benefit from quicker ROI without the costs and risks associated with “big bang projects”. This multi-step approach is a win-win for […]