Fail Fast POC: Choosing and IDE and Language

Objective One day in June 2020 I was encouraged to start a new POC. In simple terms, the idea was to read an XML file containing the processing specification for a z/OS tool, GenevaERS, and attempt to translate that into another language and file format. The target language was undefined; it might range from COBOL to Java to Scala to something else. It was an … Continue reading Fail Fast POC: Choosing and IDE and Language

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

Financial System Migration Approach: A Conversation with Rakesh Kant

This is the fifth segment of a Conversation with Rakesh Kant, an expert on financial and reporting systems, in Lucknow, India, April 15, 2018, discussing how to overcome the cost of migration to these new systems, and how that is likely to occur. As one thinks about transformation of our financial system landscape, it is not a green field of virgin land upon which one … Continue reading Financial System Migration Approach: A Conversation with Rakesh Kant

Required Skill: Desire to Work on the Problem

This week I discuss the most important skill needed to work on reinvention of ledger based processes: Desire to do so. Financial Systems were some of the very first to be automated; they are rule based, processed performed by skilled labor, with demanding accuracy and timelines. ¬†Because they were automated so early, a great deal of the knowledge about the systems has been lost. In … Continue reading Required Skill: Desire to Work on the Problem