Be a Learner

In this episode, Eric shares one of his favorite quotes, by Eric Hoffer: “In times of change, learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Eric’s approach to being a CIO reflects his commitment to this idea. The full interview can be viewed here. This is Episode 204 of Conversations with Kip, the … Continue reading Be a Learner

Scala on z

In this episode of Coding with Kip, I demonstrate the results of a proof of concept work effort the summer of 2018, showing that using Scala on z/OS is possible. The video shows the following GitHub can be used on the z/OS Unix System Services linux component. Builds in this environment can be done using Maven. The resulting Java JAR file can be executed in … Continue reading Scala on z

Do vs. Should: Eric Denna's CIO Questions

This week’s episode of Conversations with Kip continues with Dr. Eric Denna. Last week Eric shared the five questions he starts with as a new CIO in a job. They are: Whom do we serve, and what do they (those we intend to serve) want/need/have to do? What services do we provide so that those we serve can do what they want/need/ have to do? … Continue reading Do vs. Should: Eric Denna's CIO Questions

Innocence as a Virtue, or the Five Questions: Conversation with Eric Denna Part 3

In today’s segment of my conversation with Dr. Eric Denna, we cover Eric’s Five Questions for a CIO, developed over Dr. Denna’s five times serving as CIO, helping organizations understand customers, service, measurement, delivery and organization. Consider for a moment how you would add value to your organization if you had to change jobs? When you come into a new situation, how do you provide … Continue reading Innocence as a Virtue, or the Five Questions: Conversation with Eric Denna Part 3

Taking a Risk: Conversation with Eric Denna Part 2

Second in our series of a conversation with Dr. Eric Denna, covering Dr. Denna’s early career, and how taking a risk can result in dramatic outcomes. Taking risks is part of life. And risk measurement is often closely associated with financial management processes. Both involved quantifying activities, one a potential result, and other other typically a historical result. >>> Related Post: Risk Data Requirements and … Continue reading Taking a Risk: Conversation with Eric Denna Part 2

Teacher-Student Interactions: A Conversation with Dr. Eric Denna

Today is the 200th Episode of Conversations with Kip. As a tribute, I am starting to release a set of segments of my conversation 18 months ago with Dr. Eric Denna, perhaps my first professional mentor. In January 1988 Eric was a newly minted PhD in financial systems, having studied under Dr. William McCarthy at Michigan St. University. As a student at Brigham Young University, … Continue reading Teacher-Student Interactions: A Conversation with Dr. Eric Denna