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  • Questions: How big are your organizations (10 or less, 10-50, bigger How many servers? How many in-house apps (Raiser’s Edge, HR)
  • Who has SQL Server, MySQL, Oracle running in-house? How many hosted services? Of those, which do you know of that have Apis, or allow direct database interaction?

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  • Managing Technology 2.0 Strategies for integration in the new, decentralized world
  • 1.0
    • Computing paradigm: application-centric
    • In-house servers
    • Proprietary database formats
  • Today
    • Migrating to data-centric computing
    • Online or offline storage
    • Some format standards in place (SQL, XML)
  • 2.0
    • Data-centric
    • Standards-based
    • APIs everywhere
  • Acronym Soup
    • API - Application Programming Interface
    • SQL - Structured Query Language
    • XML - eXtensible Markup Language
    • ASP - Application Service Provider
    • SaaS - Software as a Service
    • ERP - Enterprise Resource Planning
    • BPM - Business Process Management
  • Evaluating online apps
    • Does it have a standards-based, well-documented API?
    • Is there an active application development community using the API?
    • Is the data dictionary available for review prior to purchase?
  • App evaluation, Cont’d
    • Reporting screen: can you report on at least three tables in one report?
    • Can you modify a standard report and save it as a new report?
    • Can you export to XML and other formats?
  • Why we have to take our time
    • Adopting and subscribing to standards is critical
    • System choices are interdependent
    • Database development takes time and planning
  • Why we have to act now
    • The internet is constantly evolving - you have to move fast to capitalize on the trends
    • Critical tools are just being written
    • We don’t want to invest in archaic technologies
  • Build or buy
    • Buy if you can!
    • Base decision on unique business processes and objectives
    • Develop platforms, don’t build from scratch
    • Build standards-based and extensible apps
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
    • Standardize - your technology implementations and acquisitions must meet an overall data management plan
    • Strategize - the data plan must directly address long-term business objectives
    • Understand - the status of data management is rapidly developing. Stay aware of it!
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Cont’d)
    • Communicate - with your teams as to why you’ve making decisions to address long-term needs vs short-term desires
    • Collaborate - with others! Standards are adopted in response to mass appeal, not individual requests
    • Evangelize - get the world on board. Pick the app that you have the least options for and get some OSS types to develop it
  • S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Cont’d)
    • Settle - for less in anticipation of more. Short term pain for long term gain
    • Surpass - the limitations of the current silo-ed model. Technology 2.0 will free us up from maintaining the plumbing and enable us to oversee and capitalize on our information. It’s a solid investment