Stories by William Ulrich

Opinion: Remember business rules in Web migrations

The request seemed simple enough. Marketing wanted customers to be able to order products through the Internet. This meant the company needed a Web-based application to check item availability, issue order requests, calculate prices and replicate a host of other functions that were being performed by legacy applications. In response to the request, the project team planned to use a tool to capture legacy business rules (blocks of conditional and imperative logic that change the state of business data) and import them into a Java-based front end. While this may seem like an easy answer to a simple request, this project could torpedo Internet deployment efforts if it ignores strategic implications.

IT has a big role in the virtual world

Information technology, through desktop systems, networks and the Internet, has penetrated every corner of the enterprise. Business units are building e-commerce sites, launching supply-chain alliances and spinning off e-businesses.

Guest column: IT has a big role in a virtual world

Information technology, through desktop systems, networks and the Internet, has penetrated every corner of the enterprise. Business units are building e-commerce sites, launching supply-chain alliances and spinning off e-businesses. In this virtual world, the old-guard IT department, with its Industrial Age, hierarchical management structure, resembles a relic of a bygone era. Is the IT department as we know it becoming irrelevant?

IT Has a Big Role in a Virtual World

Information technology, through desktop systems, networks and the Internet, has penetrated every corner of the enterprise. Business units are building e-commerce sites, launching supply-chain alliances and spinning off e-businesses. In this virtual world, the old-guard IT department, with its Industrial Age, hierarchical management structure, resembles a relic of a bygone era. Is the IT department as we know it becoming irrelevant?

Web Partnering May Be a Cure for IPO Strategy

Step inside a typical e-business and you'll find executives seeking funding, working toward an initial public offering (IPO), courting analysts to bolster their stock price or plotting to sell the company. The demand to entice and impress investors has never been as widespread in the technology sector as it is now. But investors shouldn't drive your e-business strategy, particularly when it means a company is sacrificing customer value to satisfy investors.

Legacy Systems Must Support Business Initiatives

Legacy systems have survived mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, re-engineering efforts, technical revolutions, industry realignment and Y2k. These systems, some dating back to the 1960s, remain the mainstay of information management capabilities, even as companies focus on e-commerce opportunities.

How Governance Leads to E-success

Growth in e-commerce revenue is fueling demand for new organizational models. An e-business requires holistic governance structures to rapidly exploit dynamic market opportunities. This requires looking beyond traditional joint ventures or spin-offs to create entities that can embody the flexibility, diversity, openness and dynamics of e-driven paradigms.

We Still Haven't Reached Final Y2K Chapter

Many people believe the Y2K storm passed with few glitches. This has caused people from all walks of life to think the problem was overblown. Others, specifically those charged with fixing Y2K and paying for those fixes, believe we beat the bug into submission. While the media are playing out these two theories, it's too soon to say if either is correct. Y2K is too insidious a problem for us to have a complete picture now.

Insidious Glitches Are Real Y2K Concern

Many people believe the Y2K storm has passed with few glitches. This has caused some to think the problem was overblown, while others believe we beat the bug into submission. While the media is playing out these two scenarios, it's too soon to say if either perception is correct. Y2K is too insidious a problem for us to have a full picture at this early date.