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Improvements to Adoption Web Site Print E-mail
Written by Lisa Howes   
Friday, 30 May 2008

One of the current ICS projects in development is an enhancement to the LDS Family Services Web site for adoption services (ItsAboutLove.org). The new site will provide many new features that will help streamline the adoption process.

Chief among the enhancements is a much richer set of criteria for expectant birth mothers to search on as they look for a couple to adopt their children. As an example, birth mothers can currently search for how many children a couple has. On the new site they will be able to specify not only the number of children, but also whether the children are biological, adopted, or foster. They will be able to search on the mother’s employment after the adoption, whether the couple served missions, whether the couple would accept siblings of the child being placed for adoption, the racial background of the couple, and even whether the couple has a certain pet. There will also be a new keyword search if the birth mother has a certain hobby or interest she would like to find in the family she would have adopt her child. Another improvement to the search capability for birth mothers will be better matching of her preferences and the characteristics of her child with the preferences of couples.

 
Apparently Geek is Cool Print E-mail
Written by Joel Dehlin   
Saturday, 07 June 2008

When I was in high school, “cool” guys played football, went to movies, and had fast cars. “Nerds” were guys who went to debate tournaments, played Dungeons & Dragons, and played with those new “computer” things.

 
Hans Rosling, Health Expert and Datacaster Print E-mail
Written by Joel Dehlin   
Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Data is fascinating! Well, at least when Dr. Hans Rosling presents it. Dr. Rosling is a professor of global health and has worked around the world to fight hunger, HIV, and other problems that plague developing nations. When he speaks, he presents data in a visual, creative way that engages the viewer in a way we’re not used to. He is asking the world to serve up data in a way that would allow us all to build queries and present them like this.

 
Make It Easy, Hasten The Work Print E-mail
Written by Troy Davis   
Thursday, 12 June 2008

Can we hasten the Lord’s work by making technology easier to use?

(“Hasten” means to cause to make haste; to urge on; to accelerate, expedite, hurry [Source: Oxford English Dictionary – oed.com].)

That’s a question the ICS product management team believes can be answered with a resounding “YES!” We think one way ICS can hasten the Lord’s work is by delivering easier personal technology experiences for Church employees. such as e-mail, phones, desktop software, and video conferencing. Things like offering the right product choices, an intuitive ordering process, simple product setup/installation, having convenient training options, getting quick and competent support, etc.

 
Data Integration: Master Data Print E-mail
Written by Dan Dredge   
Friday, 13 June 2008

Over several years the Church has seen the growth of many data silos. Most of these applications use common types of data. We have seen that this has created two basic problems. The effort to create and maintain these data sets is duplicated, and there are many data inconsistencies.

Our goal is to reduce duplication of effort and make it easy on both data producers and data consumers. We have a stated directive to make master data so cost effective and easy to access that development or other customers would not consider creating their own versions.

 
Get Involved Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Tuesday, 17 June 2008

One of the purposes of the LDS Technology Web site is to not only let you know how the Church is using technology, but to solicit the assistance of those who are interested in contributing their time and talents.

There is currently an opportunity to help test the online scriptures. They are currently available in English, Spanish, German, Italian, French, and Portuguese. In the near future, Danish, Hungarian, and Dutch will be added.

Even if you do not speak one of the three new languages, you can still contribute to the testing.

 
Gen Y is Changing the Web Print E-mail
Written by Joel Dehlin   
Friday, 20 June 2008

Generation Y is the generation born between approximately 1981 and 2001. They are primarily the children of the baby boomers.

 
Top 10 Disruptive Technologies Print E-mail
Written by Joel Dehlin   
Saturday, 21 June 2008

Last month, Gartner identified the top 10 disruptive technologies for 2008 - 2012. And the list is pretty accurate:

• Multicore and hybrid processors
• Virtualization and fabric computing
• Social networks and social software
• Cloud computing and cloud/Web platforms
• Web mashups
• User interface
• Ubiquitous computing
• Contextual computing
• Augmented reality
• Semantics

We’re already trying to figure out how to deal with some of this stuff. Disruptive? Yes. Scary? Definitely. How does a CIO (or IT manager) deal with, embrace, or hold off new technologies?

 
Moving Forward Print E-mail
Written by Joel Dehlin   
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

Last week we released a new beta Web site: LDS Maps. This is a Web site that people use to locate LDS buildings all over the world. This will eventually (probably July) replace a tool called Meetinghouse Locator on LDS.org and Mormon.org.

We’d love for people (members of the Church and nonmembers alike) to check it out and give us feedback! This is only a beta so you will probably see some glitches, performance problems, incorrect data, or issues with the design. When you do, let us know about them!

 
Replace Scripture Publication Software Print E-mail
Written by Ben Wood   
Wednesday, 25 June 2008

For over 20 years the Church used the same software program for scripture publication.  Although it served well, it was not updated to take advantage of improvements in companion software programs and therefore needed to be replaced.  The solution re-created its capabilities in current software tools—in less time and at lower cost than expected.

 
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