Innovators of the 16th century were in danger of being jailed, hanged, or excommunicated. Even Machiavelli wrote of the challenges of innovation and change. In today’s time, they are praised and promoted. Yet even so, innovation can come at a price. While many companies widely tout that their products or strategies are “innovative” , developing new ideas to meet customer needs and solve business problems can take time and money. In fact some companies are spending thousands, if not millions of dollars, in performing product development when practical and less expensive solutions are available to meet their needs.
At CIBER, we have internalized the concept of “Practical Innovation”. That is, innovative solutions for a client, while staying practical, careful, and mindful of their budget and specific needs. Recently, at Collaborate 2010, the Oracle User Group conference, CIBER demonstrated its solution for extending the JDEdwards EnterpriseOne application to mobile devices without middleware. The advantage to our JDE clients is that without buying additional software, they can deploy the core application to the field at the cost of the scanners, which they might already own, and the services to implement. Competitive solutions require the purchase of a software stack with ongoing maintenance and upgrade charges. Thus, with this offering, CIBER is delivering additional value while utilizing assets already owned by the client.
In May, at the COMMON conference for companies that utilize the IBM mid-range servers, CIBER will be showcasing its data replication solution for IBM Power servers. By partnering with Crossroads, CIBER is able to offer to its clients a virtual tape library which reduces the backup windows and leverages backup and recovery management software from IBM (BRMS and Tivoli), and also from HelpSystems. At a lower cost than other Virtual Tape Library (VTL) products, our clients are able to gain productivity improvements, replicate to off-site locations, and maintain near-online availability of their data.
In San Antonio, at CUE, the Lawson user group conference, CIBER’s Lawson Practice will continue to roll out its series of CIBER packaged offerings – low cost, highly valued offerings that meet the unique challenges met by many Lawson clients. Application security, performance testing, data archiving, and other topics are addressed in narrowly focused projects that have rapid ROI and a high degree of success.
So as you look for innovative strategies, keep in mind that they don’t have to be overly expensive or take long to implement. Following the “Practical Innovation” approach can not only save money, but you won’t get hanged in the process.