printf(“Design with your users.”); Print E-mail
Written by Tom Welch   
Wednesday, 10 October 2007

A good friend and one-time co-worker of mine once sent me a postcard while on vacation. On the postcard was written the following:

#include <stdio.h>

int main(int argc, char ** argv)
/* Print the greeting */
printf("Hello from California!\n\r");
printf("My family and I are having a wonderful time.\n\r");
printf("We went to the beach and to some theme parks.\n\r");
printf("The weather has been wonderful.\n\r");
printf("I should be back to work next week.\n\r\n\r");
printf("Your friend\n\r");

/* Exit the program with a success status */


For those of you who are wondering, this is programming source code written in the "C" programming language. If this were an actual program on your computer, it would generate the following results when executed:

Hello from Califonia!

My family and I are having a wonderful time.

We went to the beach and to some theme parks.

The weather has been wonderful.

I should be back to work next week.  

Your friend

Infoholics Print E-mail
Written by Peter Whiting   
Friday, 19 October 2007

Hello, my name is Pete, and I'm an infoholic.

I've met others with information addictions: e-mail,  Blackberries, IM, Web sites, evening news, newspapers, cell phones, texting, whatever.

Something fundamental has changed in the last decade: the amount of information at our fingertips has exploded. We are like alcoholics who live at the brewery - and the beer is free.

Data, data, where is my data? Print E-mail
Written by Tom Welch   
Wednesday, 31 October 2007

I remember as a child playing the button game. For those unfamiliar with the game, here is how it is played: Line up all of the players in a straight line. Select one person to be the tailor and pull him from the line. The tailor hands a button to the very first player in the line. This player cups the button in his hands and then holds his hands over the next player's cupped hands. He can either drop the button into the player's hands or may keep the button and conceal it in his own hands. The second player goes through the same procedure with the third player. He may either keep the button or pass it along. If a player does not receive the button, he will still pretend to pass a button along to the next player. The tailor is to watch each player very closely as each turn is taken. When the last player in the line has been reached, the tailor is asked, “Button, button, who has the button?” If the tailor answers correctly, he receives a prize and moves to the end of the line, and the player at the beginning of the line becomes the tailor.

The History of IT at the Church Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Information technology is instrumental in furthering the mission of the Church. But even before the first IBM computers, members have been envisioning a future in which computers would improve essential data processes for the Church and better the lives of others.

Implementing information technology into the infrastructure of the Church came about gradually through the faith and dedication of many people.

George Y. Jarvis, head of the newly formed Financial Department in 1953, hired Alfonso Gerrit Pia to mechanize the accounting functions of the Church that same year. The Church Financial Department then became the first department of the Church to use a punch card system for accounting purposes, the direct predecessor to computing, in 1954. In the early 1960s an IBM 1401 became the Church's first computer and was also used for accounting.

Lunch is Important Print E-mail
Written by Tadd Giles   
Wednesday, 06 February 2008

To be successful in the tech industry, we need to be highly productive, we need to stay current with new technology, and we need to work really well with others. We also need to enjoy our jobs. We can improve our results in all of these areas if we will place a higher priority on having good lunches. Lunch is important!


Bad Lunch

We have all experienced them, but let's touch on what a bad lunch is for a moment. There are two common offenders: eating lunch alone at your desk, and the standing lunch meeting. Of course, there are exceptions. Sometimes you just have to eat your lunch at your desk, and sometimes your boss just won't accept no for an answer when she calls a lunch meeting. However, these are far too common in our workplace. We are so accustomed to bad lunches that we hardly realize the damage they do.

Why is this bad?

Without reasonable rest and refueling, we can't perform as well. When we don't take breaks, we lose focus and energy and our performance suffers. Just as athletes tire the longer they spend in a game, the longer we stay "on task," the more fatigued we feel. Higher performers take regular breaks from their work because they know the benefits of recharging.

Internet Mission Office System Print E-mail
Written by Cassie McDaniel   
Friday, 28 December 2007

Internet Mission Office System (iMOS) is a Web application designed to help mission office staff manage mission information and perform other tasks. iMOS shares data with other applications that contain missionary information, so less manual data entry is required. For example, shortly after missionary calls are recorded in Missionary Management System (MMS) at Church headquarters, the missionaries' information appears in iMOS for the missions to which they are assigned. All missions with an Internet connection will be able to use iMOS, which will replace the current Mission Office System (MOS) during 2008.

Internet Activity Around President Hinckley Print E-mail
Written by Joel Dehlin   
Monday, 11 February 2008

The activity on the Internet surrounding President Hinckley has been huge this and last week.

Newsroom has an article pointing to some of the major coverage.

You Have The Right To Remain Visible Print E-mail
Written by Joel Dehlin   
Tuesday, 12 February 2008

How many of you would take your computer to a public place and leave it running?

Information Governance Management at the LDS Church Print E-mail
Written by Pablo Riboldi   
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Less than a year ago I took the position of Information Governance Manager for the LDS Church. As a business analyst with the Physical Facilities Department I was painfully aware of the need for the Church’s information systems to share information better. Information governance is the set of policies, organizations, strategies, and processes to ensure that information is securely shared among authorized users. One of the first actions taken in this effort was to establish a Data Stewards Policy to initiate the organization and processes for appropriate governance.

The second action was to compose a set of general principles to guide further actions. To be effective, principles need to be few in number and of general applicability. Deriving the “right” set of principles is not a trivial matter. Below I share the set of principles I have proposed for information governance, and I invite your feedback, comments, and suggestions.

Need a CIO? Grow Your Own Print E-mail
Written by Joel Dehlin   
Tuesday, 04 March 2008

In this post over at CIO.COM, Susan Cramm makes the point that the average I.T. professional who feels he is ready to be a CIO isn’t ready at all. She makes a call to CIOs to inform their people that they need to get more “business experience” and to develop “senior-level relationships.”

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