Creating an Effective RFP

Sooner or later we all need to solicit proposals that provide solutions to a problem.  This might be a request for an application, a service, or products.  It should come as no surprise that an effective RFP process accurately defines the problem.  However, there is more detail that makes up an effective RFP. What is a Well Defined Problem? The challenge of a technical RFP is often the language required to create one.  The technical staff provide input (or possibly the entire …

Configuration Vs. Coding – Modern Software Systems

Over the years that I have been in the software development profession, I have watched solutions evolve dramatically.  The progress has gone from code to libraries to frameworks and now configurable systems.  However, there are trade-offs to consider when you look at a configurable system instead of one that allows for customization with code.  This is becoming a more common dilemma for businesses.  Thus, it is good to look at the pros and cons of each approach.  Here are some …

Making 2018 Your Best Year Yet

The beautiful thing about a new year is that it gives us an excellent milestone for change.  Of course, there are always resolutions to make this the best year ever.  However, we will look beyond declarations.  This article presents a more intentional approach to improvement based on thoughtful consideration.  We are not just picking a popular trend and jumping on or an obvious, but broad, improvement. Careful Assessment The first step in planning our best year is to assess where we are. …