Category Archives: Systems Design

The Paralyzing Possibilities of the Clean Slate.

There is something very exciting about a clean slate.  It is both empowering and challenging.  The empowerment is a function of the many possibilities and the challenge comes from the unbounded possibilities and having to make great congruent decisions. Designing a new solution from scratch is a great creative exercise but also one that forces… Continue Reading

A Risk Management Bazaar

A Risk Management Bazaar

  In 1997 Eric S. Raymond wrote The Cathedral and the Bazaar which stands as a definitive analysis of the differences between a closed approach to software development (the cathedral) and an open approach (the bazaar).  It’s difficult to believe that almost fifteen years have passed and years later looking at how things have transpired since the… Continue Reading

Facebook innovates, provides new ideas on visualizing customer information

              It is an acknowledged trend that consumer focused web applications are driving innovation and expectations for enterprise software.  Web-based, created using recent technologies and devoid of legacy entanglements — firms like Facebook create expectations that are challenging for banks to meet. Two of the new features that Facebook… Continue Reading

Process Centralization – When doing nothing is better than doing the wrong thing

I just got back from vacation and there are two messages in my inbox that are worth sharing. The first is a request for me to be an expert witness for a bank engaged in a lawsuit with a former client. The other is a notification from a former colleague about some significant changes that… Continue Reading

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