1. IDC’s Big Cloud Prediction is Great…Except for One Thing

     The International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker  predicts that cloud spending is going to continue to eat into traditional on-premise IT spending at a clip of 4% a year for the next five years. But the thing is, I think it's going to cut in even b…Read More

  2. Market your products, but first have a product worth marketing

    Banking has never been synonymous with innovation and change.  Banks have long made their mark as being safe, trusted pillars of the community.  However, a recent market review by Onovative has found something interesting.  While customers still want their bank to be safe and trusted, it appears …Read More

  3. The Intersection of Breakfast and Software

    Full disclosure, breakfast meetings are my favorite.  Something about sitting down to comfort food in a day that has not yet been tarnished that causes me to go into breakfast meetings with an off-the-charts positivity.  All of this is to say, I was probably particularly receptive to new concepts …Read More

  4. I Always Thought Infrastructure was Hardware

    As the executive sponsor of our InfoSec team, I was sitting in on a webcast about the depth and breadth of cloud security.  The presentation included a tremendous amount of information and best practices about tightening the security around a hosted offering.  There was information about policies …Read More

  5. Yes, Your Board Needs a Tech Expert

    According to an Accenture report, only six percent of the directors overseeing the world’s biggest banks have any technology experience.  As someone who spends the bulk of his day explaining technology to bankers, obviously my opinion is every bank should have at least some technology experience …Read More

  6. You hate changing your password and it doesn’t help

    In a beautifully irreverent tone, Brian Barrett from Wired magazine took on the long-standing and much maligned "password expiration" policies that have become a mainstay in most modern businesses.  You may know password expiration by its more familiar Active Directory message, "Your password will…Read More

  7. If you can stop being an expert for one hour…

    ...you can conduct an amazing and often eye-opening customer interview and site visit. This doesn't come as a surprise to most professional product managers, but in a recent conversation with a long-time partner of ours, I was surprised that they weren't doing it.  The more I thought about it, the…Read More

  8. Do as Our Bank Says, Not as We Do

    If you ask a banker if it's safer to cloud host their IT infrastructure or keep it in-house, most will tell you the cloud is a great idea and probably where the industry is going, but it's not for them right now. Do you see it? Do you see the comedy in talking to bank management about whether they s…Read More

  9. Defying the Odds: Epic River Celebrates 10 Years

    10 years.  A decade.   According to David Wallace of Small Business Trends (http://smallbiztrends.com/2013/03/infographic-failed-small-businesses.html), if a business is started with fewer than 20 people, only 9 out of every 100 make it to 10 years.  I'm glad I didn't know that statistic 10 yea…Read More