Demo, Demo, Demo…

We get a lot of requests for a demo. And there are a lot of vendors who will demo “at the drop of a hat”. It’s even possible, and reasonable, for the vendor to record that kind of demo and make it available to run anytime. After all, a canned demo is a canned demo — so there’s no real difference between a recorded one and a live one. Over a Webex, you don’t have the opportunity to look under the covers...

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Out of the Frying Pan…

Some legacy system owners are suffering from license fee increases of 20% per year, and this is fueling renewed interest in modernization. In the past, there have been a number of vendors whose proprietary software product (or company) has been bought by a large firm whose clear intent is to keep raising the license fees until the last customer is driven away. For a long time, COBOL was thought to be immune to this kind of price increase. After...

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It’s Not Y2K… Or Is It?

A friend sent me an article the other day. The intro says, “States’ shrinking IT workforce: The worst is yet to come: A survey by the National Association of State Chief Information Officers finds that states are facing critical shortages of IT workers, made worse by furloughs, hiring freezes and stagnant salaries. And the retirements of many older workers loom.” Of course, the big impact of this situation is on the ability of...

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Not Just a Software Tool

Some people look at our technology and focus immediately on the tools. While we think the tools are great, successfully building software has a lot more to do with your process or methodology than it does with your tools. You can do automated redevelopment (what we do) or wholesale line by line translation, or rewriting by hand: but if you don’t have a process for getting the job done, the odds are that the outcome will be a failure. Our...

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Welcome

Blogging… in some cases, blogs seem pretty self-indulgent. Narcissistic, even. Do you spend time reading blogs? I usually don’t, unless the blog tells me something interesting. So that’s going to be our guideline here. My forum name, Big Iron, pays tribute to my background as a mainframe programmer. In the old days, we had titles of programmer, systems analyst, and project manager. We didn’t call ourselves...

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