Wednesday, August 20, 2014

IOS' Age-Defying Secret

By Brian Kopack

Technology at your fingertips

Collaborative work environment

Totally-immersive approach to problem solving

Thought I was describing your company / division / department, didn’t you?  Or, maybe you wish I was.  Go ahead - admit it.

That is what my daughter’s 1st grade looks like in 2014.  Each student gets an iPad.  They work in groups.  The education strategy focuses on project-based learning.

Elementary school today doesn’t look anything like how it did back in my day.  I might as well be from Pluto. As a product of chalkboards, desks in straight lines, lots of memorization and ruler-wielding nuns (sorry Sister Felicity, I really am), it is hard to believe what 6/7 year olds are being exposed to today.  Things have changed so dramatically, Pluto isn’t even a planet anymore.  But I digress.

Your business isn’t the same either.  If you’ve been at the same company or in the same line of work for a long time, almost everything you knew when you started has changed. When I started in public accounting 20+ years ago, Price Waterhouse made sure I had an adding machine, plenty of mechanical pencils and a life-time supply of 24-column paper. Those were the good old days.

What prompts change?

Ideas.

Take what you have always known. Add a splash of creativity and leverage the power of technology and presto – a new, more excellent normal.

Ideas change everything.

Great ideas and willingness accept change, not fear it, create revolutionary opportunities.

At IOS, everything we do is based on the very simple philosophy that it’s the idea that matters.

Document conversion, intelligent records storage, content management systems and business process improvement – all start with an idea – all impact effectiveness, continuity and sustainability.

More than 40 years of experience have fostered our agile development environment where we can share our expertise creatively to solve complex information management challenges.


IOS can’t make you young again, but our inventive perspectives on information management can make you feel younger with a renewed optimism in the potential of the future.
Friday, August 1, 2014

Ideas Aren't Commodities

By Brian Kopack

Think about how you manage your information.  How does it make you feel?

Seriously.

I bet it depends on how you purchased the system(s) you use.  Did you buy a thing or an idea?  Ideas don’t show well in big-time PowerPoint presentations, so my guess is you bought a thing.  Most likely, something expensive that does everything except what you need it to do most right now.

Think about it like this:

Say you bought a lake cottage.  You notice the stuck window and peeling paint.  You have a list of stuff you have to do to get it “fixed”.  Problem is, as soon as you fix that stuff, you notice more stuff - the roof is leaking and the dock is sagging.  Panic sets in because it will soon be time to close it up for the winter.

You bought a thing.

Now say you bought the same cottage for what it brings you: quiet, calmness, escape.  Now the window doesn’t seem as stuck and the paint peeling can wait a while.  You make the repairs so you can get back to relaxing.  In fact, the repairs don’t seem like work.  They probably help you relax more because you’ve restored some order to your little piece of the universe.  Your effort isn’t burdensome, it’s liberating.

You bought an idea.

Back to the original question.

Congratulations, you bought a great system (thing) that doesn’t do what you want and you don’t know how to make it do what you need.  How do you feel?

You feel frustrated by the extra work you have to do to work around your system’s limitations.

You feel trapped because you spent a ton of money and now you are stuck with a mediocre purchase.

You feel embarrassed because you forgot the power of technology doesn’t come from pushing buttons to be able to do something – it comes from making the buttons do that which will allow you to be more of something: smart / efficient / accurate / audit-ready / whatever.

Without the idea, all you have are menus and drop-down lists.

Ideas make the magic happen.

At IOS, everything we do is based on the simple philosophy that it’s the idea that matters.

Anyone can sell software features.

We won’t ever be just anyone.