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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 and

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.

What Is This Thing About Processes, Processes, and Processes? Print E-mail
Written by Mark McCashland   
Monday, 30 June 2008

Recently I came across a Utah business magazine that listed the top 25 most influential people in Utah.  Many of their biographies stated that the books which influenced their leadership style the most were Good to Great by Jim Collins and Execution by Larry Bossidy and Ram Charan. Having read these books when they were first published, I went back and reviewed them to see how they applied to my current role as a business process manager. I found it interesting that Execution presents almost one-third of the book on three core processes:

History of MLS (Member and Leader Services) Print E-mail
Written by Larry Jones   
Tuesday, 01 July 2008

In 1999, the Member and Statistical Records Department (MSR) began considering a rewrite of the local unit Member Information System (MIS) and Financial Information System (FIS). Since 1986 priesthood leaders had been using separate applications to manage local Church unit membership (MIS) and finances (FIS). MIS and FIS were available only to Church units in the U.S. and Canada and a limited number of English-speaking units outside the U.S. and Canada. In 1998, a separate tool, Convert Data Entry (CDE), was introduced for use by missions to submit convert information needed to create membership records. MIS, FIS, and CDE were developed in a text-based DOS environment. In April 2000, AP Software was contracted to help the Church in this rewrite.

During 2000, local leaders in 17 countries were visited to determine local unit needs for a new software application that could:

1. Record member ordinances (e.g., baptism/confirmation) and activities (e.g., marriage).
2. Provide tools that support local priesthood and auxiliary leaders in their member-nurturing responsibilities.
3. Record member donations and manage local unit finances.
4. Support mission convert information reporting requirements.
5. Support multiple languages and writing systems.

Tropical Paradise or Tropical Nightmare? Print E-mail
Written by David Virdis   
Monday, 07 July 2008

Most of us who have traveled throughout the Pacific Islands know that it is truly a tropical paradise, with beaches, surf, and unexplored beauty. Definitely worth a visit!!

However, not many people realize that irrespective of the natural serenity, a number of these islands do not have any form of technology, whether it is telephony or broadband Internet, unless they use some type of satellite service.

The Church has a mixture of elementary, middle, and secondary schools in the Pacific area that rely greatly on technology. In fact, there has been a greater push and need for delivering education via technology than ever before.

RSS Feed Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 July 2008
You may know that LDS Tech has a Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed. But you may not know that the address for that feed has changed. The new feed for LDS Tech can be found

Update your RSS reader today with this new address to be sure you don’t miss any of the articles from LDS Tech. Also add other Church feeds from a variety of different sites.
Working with Vendors Print E-mail
Written by Kenji Suzuki   
Friday, 11 July 2008

The Family and Church History and the Information and Communications Systems (ICS) Departments, with help from the Purchasing Division of the Materials Management Department, are anxiously engaged in establishing and nurturing relationships with key IT vendors.

IT vendors provide technologies, products, services, and solutions that are critical to the growth of the kingdom.

Growing Leaders Series Print E-mail
Written by Joel Dehlin   
Friday, 18 July 2008
Joel Dehlin has begun a series discussing the principles used at the Church to develop quality IT leaders. The first of the series, Accountability, can be found by visiting his blog.  
Findability Print E-mail
Written by Stewart Shelline   
Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Getting “hung up on semantics” is the kiss of death in an argument. It means your position lacks substance or is merely a clever construction of words. It’s a pejorative phrase to which few are willing to accede. 

Why do I admit to being “hung up on semantics,” then? As the enterprise architect for content at the LDS Church, one of my jobs is to design systems that enable those interested in the Church to find what they need as easily as possible. That means our systems—not just our people—need to understand everything possible about the semantics of the content we produce. 

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