Monday, February 16, 2015

The Trane Don't Wait

By John Trimble

There is a wonderful true story about jazz great John Coltrane. Nicknamed “Trane” he is considered the greatest tenor saxophonist to have ever lived. By the mid 1960’s he had mastered and exhausted the melodic variation in his soloing and had moved to a more atonal approach. Listening to John Coltrane’s decidedly non-melodic soloing during his quartet’s set one night at the Village Gate in New York City were two famous jazz players, one remarking “I can’t really get where the Trane is coming from”.

The perfect reply was immediate: “Well, you know, the Trane don’t wait.”

Neither John Coltrane nor the metaphorical train of progress waits. They are leaving the station with or without you.

So when we wait, when our companies wait, reluctant to change, hesitant to innovate, thinking there will be time to catch up at some point we have to admit that we don’t even know how many departures we have missed, how far we are really behind. And who exactly do we need to catch up to?

The answer – disagreeable to the extreme – is that if you are still just thinking about process change, process reinvention and automation there is about a decade of train track to make up. What’s worse? Track time is linear but the effects of change, the distance, the advantages that improvements create are non-linear. Ideas and their results don’t move at track time. The impact of process improvement with workflow, analytics, mobile access, etc. speeds up and makes the delta even more pronounced between those companies who are moving and those still waving from the station.

In motion versus stationary…Coltrane versus the hundreds of more traditional players whose limited vision rendered them nameless…advantages versus disadvantages that can no longer be measured.
The good news is that there is still time to propel yourself into the future. IOS can help reduce that giant head start by showing you what so many companies have done already...and why.


IOS can help put you and your ideas in motion…because the Trane don’t wait.
Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Not Just Another Day

By Brian Kopack


It’s Monday.  It’s the day after the Super Bowl.  And, if you live in the Midwest, it’s the third day of a marathon snowstorm.

That’s a lot to deal with on even a normal day.  Today isn’t a normal day.

It’s Groundhog Day.

I’m not sure today is a “holiday”, but all the pomp and circumstance give it that vibe.  For whatever reason, it has a special-day feel.

It might be because it refreshes our outlook.  It could be that we anticipate better things to come – new beginnings.  Maybe it’s just the thrill of the big reveal.

While I am sure you waiting with bated-breath to hear verdict on winter, (no pressure, Phil, but winter better be over soon), we also have news.

IOS is excited to announce the creation of the IOS Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).

Effective January 2015, IOS began the process of becoming an employee owned company.

Since its start in the 70’s, IOS has occupied a unique place in the business landscape.  By embracing the power of evolving technology, IOS has been a thought leader in information management – since before information management was even really a thing.

And while a lot has changed at IOS in five decades, two things haven’t – the belief that technology doesn’t make business better by itself – that it’s the idea that matters.  We’ve proven that our brand of communication, creativity, agility and expertise elevate performance.  And, the exceptional talents of its employees give IOS a platform to deliver on that belief.

The ESOP is the next, exciting chapter in the IOS story – the natural extension of who we are and what we do.

Your relationship with IOS has always been with the people – not the Company.  We prefer it that way.  Now more than ever, the people and the Company are the same.


That’s IOS – an employee-owned company.