28Apr/06

TBI is no longer TBD

By Daniel R. Matlis

In the early 90’s I was involved in a project called Total Business Integration (TBI). The goal was to implement integrated systems to run the all business functions efficiently and effectively.

The objective was clear; the team motivated and capable but the implementation was yet To Be Done (TBD). The missing link was technology.  I am a believer that technology can only enable change, not drive. However, without the mature technology needed to support and organizational transformation of this magnitude, the results cannot be realized.Today, I saw a glimpse of what is to come.  PTC (http://www.ptc.com/), announced that it has integrated Windchill 8.0 and Arbortext 5.2, delivering the first end-to-end technical publications solutions from a single vendor.This Integrated solution provides an integral connection between content and process management software and XML authoring and dynamic publishing software. The integrated product serves both Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) needs.This class of solution would optimize the publishing process in Life-Sciences companies where complex content continually changes and must comply with industry and governmental regulations. In addition this type of system would enable applicable downstream output to be automatically regenerated and republished to the selected audience in the appropriate media.

This is the kind of technology needed to enable Total Business Integration.Can we take TBI off hold once and for all?

27Apr/06

Remember bell-bottom pants, platform shoes and Mainframes?

By Daniel R. Matlis 

You could blame it on the circle of life or Karma, but the Mainframe is back.

IBM announced the mainframe for the 21st century, the mainframe for the masses.

The IBM System z9™ is aimed at entry level to midsize capacity needs, with a wide choice of capacity settings and highly granular growth options.

It offers a broad set of specialty engines to facilitate integration of all types of workloads and fully leverage the power of the mainframe as well as the advanced security, resiliency, virtualization and connectivity technologies delivered in a midrange package.

The z9 provides world-class mainframe technology to help today’s enterprises respond to business conditions quickly and with flexibility. From automation to advanced virtualization technologies and open industry standards such as SOA, IBM mainframes arte poised to deliver competitive advantages for a unified infrastructure.

Who would have thought, SOA and Mainframe in the same sentence?That goes to show, “What’s Old Is New Again”. 

PS: Do you think my Honda Odyssey will be a classic in 20 years?