8 Things We DON’T Hate About IT

It’s easy to bash the IT department; to deride it as the land of no and slow, a roadblock rather than a resource, a group it’s easier to work around than to work with when addressing urgent and rapidly changing business needs.

But given the current and on-the-horizon risks of digital disruption of business models (example: one-hour photo shops were a rapidly growing business in 1988, but their numbers have plunged from more than 3,000 shops across the U.S. in 1998 to less than 200 today) from developments like 3D printing, cloud computing, and the Internet of Things (IoT), technology is playing a bigger role than ever in businesses of all kinds.

8 reasons NOT to hate ITThat makes IT’s role more vital than ever. Practices, processes, and in some cases even attitudes need to change, to be sure, but now is the time to engage IT, not hate it. Forward-thinking companies like Nordstrom and Starbucks—while not “technology companies”—are embracing IT internally and externally to improve both operational efficiency and the user experience for customers and employees alike.

Yet inside many corporations, IT is viewed as an impediment rather than an enabler in embracing digital change. In her article 8 Things We Hate About IT, Susan Cramm acknowledges that “nobody hates the people in IT—it’s the system that’s broken. Continue reading “8 Things We DON’T Hate About IT”

Four Groups of People We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year again–Thanksgiving, when thoughts turn to turkey, travel, family, and possibly some early shopping. Most importantly, it’s a time for gratitude, to reflect on the things, events, conditions, and people for whom we are grateful. Here are four groups of people we are thankful for this year (and always).
A few Kinetic Data employees at KEG 2014 Continue reading “Four Groups of People We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving”

First-Ever Wally Awards Presented at KEG14 [Video]

Three Kinetic Data customers were honored with the inaugural Wally Awards, a.k.a. The Wallys, at this year’s Kinetic Enthusiast Group (KEG) Conference in Denver.

Our own Ben Christenson presided deftly and humorously over the awards ceremony at the closing session of KEG 2014.

Honored for their creative and effective use of Kinetic Data products were:

  • Favorite Poster Story (Advanced Technology Services);
  • Innovator of the Year (CareTech Solutions); and
  • Rookie of the Year (Nordstrom).

For complete awards coverage, check out the news release or the full-length video on our website. Oscar may be glitzy—but Wally is bendable.