Monday, March 16, 2015

Cool Like Prince

By Brian Kopack

In entertainment, same as in business, achieving relevancy is hard.  Keeping it is even harder.  But being relevant – that’s cool.

Think back to high school.  Who / what from your high schools days is still relevant?

For me:  Prince

Prince is as relevant today as he was in the mid-80’s – and that’s a long time ago.

How? He’s ridiculously talented.  He’s consistently innovative.  His style is always evolving.

He isn’t the artist that gets popular and then milks that popularity into obscurity.  One day, sold out arenas.  Next day, two-for-one tickets at the county fair.

Prince is the guy that grabs attention whenever he appears because everything he does is relevant.  Movies.  Time Most Influential List.  Super Bowl halftime shows.  We just expect him to be great.  That’s cool.

What’s the Prince-ly lesson about staying relevant in business?

Be great.  Be original.  Be adaptive.  People like that.

In IOSspeak, that’s:  Be Expert.  Be Creative.  Be Agile.

We have to be because in information management, status quo is the death knell. Keep doing what you’ve always done because that’s all you know how to do.  Wake up one day – and you’ll be irrelevant – or gone.  History books are filled with those stories.

We couldn’t be where we are after 40+ years if we settled for “good enough” for ourselves or our clients.

What we do may change.  How we do it may change.  Why we do it won’t change.

We know the world runs on information.  That’s what is at the center of everything we do - document conversion, content management systems, intelligent records storage, or custom development.  We’re focused on getting the best information to people who need it at the right time to make better decisions.  In our own way, we help the world run smarter.

That’s cool.  That’s IOS

Of all the honors Prince has received in his life, I bet he never expected to be the feature of the 1st blog posted on new IOS website.  We are excited about launching it.  We think you’ll love it.  We’ve been telling you for a long time that it’s the idea that matters.  We think the new site tells that story better.  The refresh highlights everything we’ve been doing to move business forward and presents it in what we think is a more engaging, more intuitive and more personal style.  Enjoy the new content.  Check out the new videos.  Let us know what you think.
Monday, March 2, 2015

Are You Smart?

By Brian Kopack

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”   F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great Gatsby! He was on to something.

To be clear, he was not talking about multi-tasking.  Being able to brush your teeth and send a text at the same time isn’t that big a deal.  The multi-tasking myth is a topic for a different day – you know, how it’s possible to give your undivided attention to two things at the same time.  I feel silly just typing that.  Even though some people think that’s still a thing, he was after something much bigger.

Was F. Scott right?  Yes.  How do I know?  Here’s how. IOS has been working with intelligent people on the duality of information management for more than 40 years – and changing things for the better.

Continuously improving the way a business manages its information takes a special perspective.  In trying to solve information management issues, businesses are dealing simultaneously with:

Status quo maintenance v. transformational vision

Current systems and processes require much support.  Good employees are not being properly utilized.  Managers are challenged with increasing expectations and shorter deadlines.  Not enough time to get everything they have to get done.

And this:

Technology is creating opportunities at a ridiculous pace.  Automation of routine tasks frees good employees to maximize their potential.  Businesses that control information effectively can dictate change and predict what’s next.  Not enough time to get everything they want to get done.

One foot in present (or worse, the past) and one foot towards the future.

For most of the organizations struggling with that problem, the problem is problem enough.  It’s here, it’s growing and it’s obvious to everyone.  Add the problem of finding a partner to be the guide to improvement and the challenge seems paralyzing.

At IOS, we’re smart and we’ve never been afraid of a challenge.  We believe our experience, creativity and agility give us a not-to-be-duplicated perspective on managing information.  Regardless of industry, technical sophistication, or magnitude of the project, we know the most valuable thing we can offer is the power of our expertise.

Special challenges require special people to make special efforts to develop special solutions.

That’s IOS