Thursday, August 20, 2015

One Step at a Time

By Brian Kopack

Someone told me this week that trying to manage his company’s information was like running in sand.

Totally cliché, but he was exactly right.

Managing information and running in sand are both difficult and have similar success formulas:  understand the terrain, take short, quick steps and, most importantly, never stop moving forward.

Follow the formula – everything is great.

Go off-script – work twice as hard to make very little progress.

He couldn’t have known, but I just returned from my annual pilgrimage to southwest Michigan.  Each morning, I run the same dunes I’ve been running for almost 30 years.  Same location at least, not the same dunes.

The dunes are never the same – sand shifts (say that 5 times fast).

The content management landscape and business priorities do too.  One day it’s preservation (compliance), tomorrow it will be access (organization) and the day after that it’s process automation (workflow).

At one time, being great at making things or providing services was good enough – before the internet and data mining and focused product placement.   Now, businesses have to be as concerned about managing their information as they are about managing their production process because those concerns have never been more dependent on the other.

Better information means better decision making and better processes which produces better products and services which drive the need for better information, and so on, and so on….

Trying to manage tomorrow’s business with yesterday’s tools is a losing proposition.

At IOS, we understand that information deficiencies are barriers to business.  Our approach to problem solving: expert, creative and agile, helps remove those barriers to allow businesses to regain balance and control.

Our discovery-driven discovery injects our experience into what our customers are experiencing to shape a new reality.

Whether the solution involves intelligent records management or document conversion or integrated information systems or expert professional services or some combination of all of them, our customers are creating an infrastructure to maximize the power of their information that is robust today and flexible for tomorrow.

Information independence takes effort, but it shouldn’t be a struggle.

If it is, you’re doing it wrong.

Monday, August 3, 2015

It's the Idea, Stupid

By Brian Kopack

It was “the economy”.

Not anymore.

With new candidates announcing their intentions to run for the presidency almost daily, the drumbeat is growing louder about the importance of ideas.  In their announcements, almost all of them talk about the need for new ideas - that our future depends on new ideas – about how our country can’t solve new problems with old ideas.  Since the field is about 100, that’s a lot of talk about ideas.

“It’s the idea that matters.”

I think I’ve heard that somewhere before.  Sure would look good on a button.

Whatever the politics, the presidential hopefuls are right about ideas.  So is IOS.

Suppose for a second….…IOS was a candidate.

Everything you are looking for to select the next leader of the free world in one place: experience and a proven record of success, creative and fearless thought leadership in a constantly changing environment, and an agile, discovery-driven model that helps solve problems you don’t even know you have.

Sounds presidential doesn’t it?  Leadership looks the same in any arena.

Back to what we do best – content management.

Our unique combination of intelligent records management, document conversion services and integrated information systems with expert professional services builds something that works now and that will adapt to the future. Great ideas that create value never goes out of style.

A vision for the future of content management: expertise, creativity and agility.

That’s IOS2016.