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IDC’s Big Cloud Prediction is Great…Except for One Thing

By | August 2nd, 2016|News|

The International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker  predicts that cloud spending is going to continue to eat into traditional on-premise IT spending at a clip of 4% a year for the next five years. But the thing is, I think it's going to cut in even bigger and faster for one reason no one [...]

Market your products, but first have a product worth marketing

By | June 21st, 2016|News|

Banking has never been synonymous with innovation and change.  Banks have long made their mark as being safe, trusted pillars of the community.  However, a recent market review by Onovative has found something interesting.  While customers still want their bank to be safe and trusted, it appears that the most successful banks are willing to [...]

The Intersection of Breakfast and Software

By | May 20th, 2016|News|

Full disclosure, breakfast meetings are my favorite.  Something about sitting down to comfort food in a day that has not yet been tarnished that causes me to go into breakfast meetings with an off-the-charts positivity.  All of this is to say, I was probably particularly receptive to new concepts when Jessica Toney, Product Manager here [...]

I Always Thought Infrastructure was Hardware

By | April 15th, 2016|News|

As the executive sponsor of our InfoSec team, I was sitting in on a webcast about the depth and breadth of cloud security.  The presentation included a tremendous amount of information and best practices about tightening the security around a hosted offering.  There was information about policies and employee habits to go along with all [...]

Yes, Your Board Needs a Tech Expert

By | April 1st, 2016|News|

According to an Accenture report, only six percent of the directors overseeing the world’s biggest banks have any technology experience.  As someone who spends the bulk of his day explaining technology to bankers, obviously my opinion is every bank should have at least some technology experience on a board of directors.  I'm intimately familiar with [...]

You hate changing your password and it doesn’t help

By | March 22nd, 2016|News|

In a beautifully irreverent tone, Brian Barrett from Wired magazine took on the long-standing and much maligned "password expiration" policies that have become a mainstay in most modern businesses.  You may know password expiration by its more familiar Active Directory message, "Your password will expire in 14 days.  Do you want to change it now?"  No. [...]

If you can stop being an expert for one hour…

By | March 11th, 2016|News|

...you can conduct an amazing and often eye-opening customer interview and site visit. This doesn't come as a surprise to most professional product managers, but in a recent conversation with a long-time partner of ours, I was surprised that they weren't doing it.  The more I thought about it, the more I realized every product manager [...]

Infrastructure as a Service is Good for Everyone (yes, you too Bank IT guy)

By | February 12th, 2016|News|

My last post generated a lot of great discussion by friends and peers who work in bank IT.  The overwhelming tone of the conversations was, "If I move our bank to hosted infrastructure, am I eliminating my own job?"  I couldn't respond "no" fast enough.  True cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) will provide lots of cost [...]

Defying the Odds: Epic River Celebrates 10 Years

By | August 4th, 2015|News|

10 years.  A decade.   According to David Wallace of Small Business Trends (http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/03/infographic-failed-small-businesses.html), if a business is started with fewer than 20 people, only 9 out of every 100 make it to 10 years.  I'm glad I didn't know that statistic 10 years ago because 3 people is DEFINITELY less than 20, making that 9% survival [...]